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Moving class outside: Decades-long movement gets boost from pandemic

By North Branch Nature Center | Feb 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Moving class outside: Decades-long movement gets boost from pandemic

By Laura Nikolaides (reposted from https://lauraniko.medium.com) “Maria Libby had always wanted to make outdoor education a fundamental part of the school district she runs near Camden, Maine. Libby, a former Outward Bound instructor, had a bounty of outdoor resources in her district, a river, a lake, an ocean, and mountains. Taking advantage of the natural…

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The Plainfield Christmas Bird Count: Reflections on 60 Years of Birding

By North Branch Nature Center | Dec 24, 2020 | Comments Off on The Plainfield Christmas Bird Count: Reflections on 60 Years of Birding

The Christmas Bird Count is a global community science project organized by the National Audubon Society. At 121 years old, it is the longest-running project of its kind. In the weeks surrounding Christmas, groups fan out over established 15-mile-wide count circles with the mission of finding every feathered creature therein. While new circles are added…

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Owl Season Recap: new friends, old friends, and 312 sharp talons in 2020

By North Branch Nature Center | Dec 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Owl Season Recap: new friends, old friends, and 312 sharp talons in 2020

By Sean Beckett NBNC Director of Natural History and Community Science Programs The Northern Saw-whet Owl migration season is over, and results are in! Our staff and apprentices banded 78 owls this year, bringing North Branch Nature Center’s grand total to 716. While not our largest year on record (181 in 2018), this season still…

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Teaching and Learning through Winter and COVID-19

By North Branch Nature Center | Dec 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Teaching and Learning through Winter and COVID-19

Outdoor Learning in Cold Weather: a position statement for educators in a pandemic By Amy Butler, NBNC Director of Education, in collaboration with Inside-Outside: Nature-Based Educators of New England Since schools reopened for in-person teaching and learning, those communities where teachers and students have been outdoors in nature as much as possible have reported excellent…

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A Porcupine in the Classroom

By North Branch Nature Center | Oct 20, 2020 | Comments Off on A Porcupine in the Classroom

By Zac Cota, NBNC Teacher-Naturalist   The first and second graders at Moretown Elementary know they share their forest with many other animals. Chickadees sing while searching for food in the treetops. Worms and slugs live under moist logs. The antics of Red Squirrels provide daily entertainment. One special visitor, however, left only a trace…

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Outdoor Educators Share Tips for Learning in Nature

By North Branch Nature Center | Sep 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Outdoor Educators Share Tips for Learning in Nature

We invite you to check out this great article in KidsVT by Heather Fitzgerald, interviewing several outdoor education organizations, including NBNC, about new opportunities for learning in nature this fall, given the restrictions and realities around COVID-19 and the classroom. Enjoy! — “A few weeks ago, as I was listening to a podcast about going…

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Moths of Cloud Bridge by Maya Akazawa – An Online Art Exhibit

By North Branch Nature Center | Jul 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Moths of Cloud Bridge by Maya Akazawa – An Online Art Exhibit

In celebration of National Moth Week (July 18-26), we’re delighted to host this “e-opening” of Moths of Cloud Bridge, a multimedia collage and embroidery exhibit by Maya Akazawa, featuring moths encountered “at the sheet” at the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve in the rainforests of Costa Rica. Part of the NBNC family since she was 6 years…

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The Imperative of Diversity and Equity

By North Branch Nature Center | Jun 23, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 North Branch Nature Center | Jun 9, 2020 | Comments Off on 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 North Branch Nature Center | Jun 6, 2020 | Comments Off on 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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