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The Nature of Loons: An Afternoon on the Pond

By North Branch Nature Center | Apr 16, 2024 | Comments Off on The Nature of Loons: An Afternoon on the Pond

By Emily Sloan, Office Manager My paddle sweeps and swishes, a light breeze floats along the water surface, and I am happy to be out on the pond on this…

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Thinking Like a Shrub Willow

By North Branch Nature Center | Apr 9, 2024 | Comments Off on Thinking Like a Shrub Willow

By Ken Benton, Director of Education Often in the spring, when the waters of the North Branch have not fully thawed, massive ice chunks are driven up onto the riverbank,…

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The Ecotourism Dilemma

By North Branch Nature Center | Apr 2, 2024 | Comments Off on The Ecotourism Dilemma

By Sean Beckett, Program Director In a time of global biodiversity collapse fueled by climate change, how does a nature center justify global ecotourism? Is this sort of travel a…

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Lessons in Nature-Based Learning

By North Branch Nature Center | Mar 21, 2024 | Comments Off on Lessons in Nature-Based Learning

by Emily Seiffert, Deputy Director I sat down recently with Amy Butler, NBNC’s former Director of Education, to talk about her book, Educating Children Outdoors: Lessons in Nature-Based Learning, just…

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The Nature of Snowshoes Hares and Climate Change

By North Branch Nature Center | Nov 7, 2023 | Comments Off on The Nature of Snowshoes Hares and Climate Change

By Chelsea Clarke Sawyer, Communications Coordinator In my 15 years living in Northern New England, I’ve never seen a Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus), despite spending plenty of time in their…

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In Search of Vermont’s Fungi

By North Branch Nature Center | Oct 31, 2023 | Comments Off on In Search of Vermont’s Fungi

By Dave Muska, Teacher-Naturalist It’s   warm late summer’s day and fields are abuzz with the gentle call of crickets and soft swaying of goldenrod. As I step from the sun…

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Lessons from a Floodplain Forest

By North Branch Nature Center | Oct 24, 2023 | Comments Off on Lessons from a Floodplain Forest

By Sean Beckett, Program Director On a winter night in January, Montpelier threw a film festival about living with rivers. The evening featured kayaking documentaries, student proposals for riverside parks,…

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History on the Land at NBNC

By North Branch Nature Center | Oct 17, 2023 | Comments Off on History on the Land at NBNC

By Samantha Ford, Owner of Turn Stone Research Editor’s Note: The timeline for this research begins 231 years ago, when the first deed was signed for the property. The human…

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Falling in Love with Nature Journaling

By North Branch Nature Center | May 1, 2023 | Comments Off on Falling in Love with Nature Journaling

By Fiona Modrak, Teacher-Naturalist A little over a year ago, when I first started at the Nature Center, one of my colleagues suggested we check out a video by an…

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The Nature of Eastern Hemlock

By North Branch Nature Center | Apr 24, 2023 | Comments Off on The Nature of Eastern Hemlock

By Victoria Lee, Teacher-Naturalist I have been infatuated with Eastern Hemlock since we first met in the summer of 2019. We were introduced in the atmospheric hush of a remnant…

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