Posts by North Branch Nature Center

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 a rich soil nourishes it. Year after year, this trillium and all members of its ecological community thrive because of a shared imperative of diversity, and interdependence on that diversity.…

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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, ponds, basements, and attics, searching for all of Vermont’s spring biodiversity. The Vermont Spring Backyard BioBlitz, an event hosted by North Branch Nature Center, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and Vermont…

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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 was founded in 2009 by two teachers within the Montpelier City School District for Kindergarten and 1st grade students. With a passion for learning and exploring the nature of Vermont,…

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Your Virtual Nature Walk: Marshfield Rail Trail

Photography and Writing by Sean Beckett Our Virtual Nature Walks bring you to Central Vermont locations to explore the natural world as we transition into spring. Given the current events, we’ll be choosing locations that are easy to get to, have wide trails or dirt roads, and are popular (but not too popular) places for our community to get…

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The Ecology of Dog Poop

By Caitlyn Bain, NBNC AmeriCorps Teacher-Naturalist Ever wondered why a fox is allowed to “go” in the woods, yet your dog’s waste is bad news for the environment? Did you know that dog waste is one of the leading causes of water quality hazard in some local watersheds? Get your pup and check out this…

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Your Virtual Nature Walk: North Branch River Park

Our Virtual Nature Walks bring you to Central Vermont locations to explore the natural world as we transition into spring. Given the current events, we’ll be choosing locations that are easy to get to, have wide trails or dirt roads, and are popular (but not too popular) places for our community to get some fresh air and exercise. Just two…

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