North Branch Nature Center bug watch

Visit our new platform, NBNC Online, to access to all of our COVID-adapted programming and resources.

Visit our new platform, NBNC Online, for access to all of our COVID-adapted programming and resources.

North Branch Nature Center bug watch

Our 28 acres offer a wide menu of opportunities for Vermonters of all ages to play, study, and explore in nature!

North Branch Nature Center building

Thanks to capital campaign donors, our newly-expanded, net-zero facility features a beautiful community room with space for lectures, classes, art showings, meetings, and community gatherings.

North Branch Nature Center kids

Our distinguished nature-based education programs immerse children in extraordinary learning environments with an acclaimed, innovative teaching team.

North Branch Nature Center river

As Central Vermont’s headquarters for natural history education, we offer expert presentations, field trips, and seminars to enrich your understanding of the natural world.

North Branch Nature Center beaver

From amphibian monitoring to bird research, North Branch Nature Center studies and protects local wildlife with the support of passionate volunteer scientists.

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Connecting People of All Ages with Nature

NBNC Online & The NBNC Resiliency Fund

Check out NBNC Online, our hub for COVID-adapted programming and resources for all ages. Our work is made possible by generous contributions to our NBNC Resiliency Fund, our urgent fund to support NBNC during these difficult times. If you find these resources valuable, please consider making a donation. Thank you, and be well!

North Branch Nature Center connects people with environmental education, natural history, and citizen science. More than 10,000 people visit NBNC to be in touch with the sights, sounds, and sensations of the natural world.

Our 28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier. NBNC is the delight in the eyes of children as they watch fireflies in a field.  NBNC is a group of naturalists exploring the secrets of warblers and willows. And it's a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply relax beside the river. There is much to explore. Please join us.


NBNC News Watch

Diversity and Equity at NBNC

Our staff and board have been listening, learning, and discussing NBNC's role in perpetuating systemic injustice in our society, as well as how we can begin to play a role in dismantling injustice. We invite you to read our letter addressing our perspective on the intersection of nature and justice in our community. The Imperative of Diversity and Equity

ECO Camp at Home: NBNC online Summer Camps!

Our new online summer program offers themed weekly bundles packed with videos by our naturalists, stories, songs, activities and explorations for your child to do outside. preK - 3rd grade. Check out Our Camps Page for more info!

Online Nature Courses with NBNC

Butterflies. Amphibians. Butterflies. Mushrooms. Bees. Amphibians. Botany. Birds. Photography. Foraging. Pursue your naturalist education in a virtual format this spring and summer. Discover, learn and explore the diversity of life near you with Nature Now: a new slate of online courses by North Branch Nature Center. Each course, taught by an expert biologist or naturalist, combines online lectures and readings with your own independent study outdoors.

NBNC Online: your virtual nature nexus

By your request, we present you NBNC Online, a hub for all of our online, COVID-adapted programming and resources. Here, find activities and videos for all ages, updated daily, in an easy-to-navigate format. This work is made possible thanks to generous contributions to our NBNC Resiliency Fund, our urgent fund to keep NBNC operational and support our staff during these difficult times. Thank you, on behalf of all of us at NBNC, for your support as we work hard to care for our community, and the natural world, in unprecedented times.

Robins Nest

The River's Edge Blog

The Imperative of Diversity and Equity

This is a Red Trillium. It exists here because a beetle pollinates it, an ant disperses it, a deer eats it, trees shade it, and ...
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The Vermont Spring Backyard BioBlitz – The Results

By Sean Beckett (NBNC) and Nathaniel Sharp (VT Center for Ecostudies)   From April 20 to May 20, Vermonters descended into backyards, back woods, sidewalks, ...
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A Spotlight on ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) with Amy Butler

By Natural Start Alliance "Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) is a nature immersion program developed by the North Branch Nature Center located in Montpelier, Vermont. ECO ...
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NBNC Capital Campaign Update

We're in Phase 3!

(Paused due to COVID-19)

$331,674 left to raise

Learn More about the Capital Campaign

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206
[email protected]

Office Open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
Trails Open 24/7