— Tom Slayton

“In a world that more and more needs nature’s healing and restoration, North Branch Nature Center is a treasure for all Vermonters.”

About Us

Welcome to NBNC


N orth Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital for 25 years. North Branch Nature Center has become an integral part of outdoor recreation and learning in central Vermont, serving 10,000 visitors annually. 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. North Branch is firefly light sparkling in a child’s eye. It is a lecture hall where we learn the secrets of warblers and willows and weather. And it is a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply to do nothing beside the river.

Our Mission:
Connecting People with the Natural World

Injured Animals?

North Branch Nature Center is not a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and we unfortunately cannot accept injured animals. If you have an injured bird, please contact the Injured Bird Hotline of Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, VT at 802.359.5000 x212. For other injured animals, please consult the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Wildlife Rehabilitator Locator Map to find the facility nearest to you.

We know that handling injured animals can be stressful for both you and the animal, so please don't hesitate to call us if you need assistance.

Our Staff


Chip Darmstadt
Executive Director

Emily A. Seiffert
Deputy Director

Sean Beckett
Director of Natural History Programming

Ken Benton

Amy Butler
Director of Education

Chelsea Clarke
Communications Coordinator

Arianna Dayharsh
Director of Forest Preschool

Lauren Esserman
Finance & Administration Director

Pete Kerby-Miller

Fiona Modrak

Dave Muska

Jenna Plouffe
Forest Preschool Teacher

Sue Pratt
Forest Preschool Teacher

Carrie Riker

Emily Sloan
Office Manager

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"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

—Rachel Carson

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206

Hours: Center Open Monday-Friday 9-4
Trails Open 24/7