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Preschooling Outside

By NBNC2018 | Dec 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Preschooling Outside

By Mary Zentara, Forest Preschool Director & Co-Teacher Article from the winter edition of our “Field Marks” newsletter   When you take a walk at North Branch Nature Center, you’re bound to hear bird calls and the burble of our namesake river. But just as importantly, your ears will also be delighted by murmurs of…

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Montpelier BioBlitz on the Natural Curiosity Podcast

By NBNC2018 | Dec 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Montpelier BioBlitz on the Natural Curiosity Podcast

At a BioBlitz, conservation meets community, and nature takes center stage. We invited Dr. Steven Shepard of the Natural Curiosity Podcast to NBNC back in July, and we are delighted to feature his podcast episode about our Montpelier BioBlitz. Grab a cup of coffee, and listen to NBNC staff explaining the importance of nature alongside…

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Creating Community by Learning With Nature

By NBNC2018 | Oct 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Creating Community by Learning With Nature

By Amy Butler * This post was written on October 28 for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Blog On a cold and blustery October morning in northern Vermont, 15 public preschool children tumble about their indoor classroom space getting ready for a morning in the forest. Winter coats, neck warmers, snow pants, mittens…

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Lessons from a Left-handed Leaf

By NBNC2018 | Oct 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Lessons from a Left-handed Leaf

By Zac Cota It was the soggy sort of autumn day that we adults sometimes call “gloomy,” but the first graders at Union Elementary were completely undeterred. After studying the work of Andy Goldsworthy, famous for his ephemeral nature art, we set out to make some art of our own. Arriving in the woods, pairs…

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Youth Birding in the Northeast Kingdom

By NBNC2018 | Sep 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Youth Birding in the Northeast Kingdom

Last weekend a group of young naturalists traveled with NBNC naturalists Zac Cota and Sean Beckett to the Northeast Kingdom to explore Vermont’s boreal zone. We spent time birding, catching dragonflies, discovering carnivorous bog plants, and banding Northern Saw-whet Owls. Thank you to the Vermont River Conservancy for letting us stay at their beautiful new cabin in…

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Travel the World with NBNC

By NBNC2018 | Sep 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Travel the World with NBNC

North Branch Nature Center has a rich history of leading world-class expeditions to the planet’s wildest destinations. In 2019, join NBNC on life-changing adventures to Ecuador,Costa Rica, and Yellowstone. Whether it’s macaws in the rainforest or grizzlies in the mountains, witness nature’s most enchanting faces and places with NBNC. “The best part? Seeing the magnificent…

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Montpelier BioBlitz – The Results!

By NBNC2018 | Sep 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Montpelier BioBlitz – The Results!

After two months of dissecting micro-moths, mailing vials of plant bits, and convening experts to hem and haw over stranger specimens, we bring you the exciting results of the Montpelier BioBlitz 2018. We knew there would be new species for our city, county, and maybe even state, but never did we expect such a diversity…

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Caterpillars abound at NBNC

By NBNC2018 | Aug 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Caterpillars abound at NBNC

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars are all over the nature center trails this week! With two beady eye spots, these thumb-sized caterpillars avoid depredation by mimicking the head of a snake. Here in Vermont we have two species of Tiger Swallowtails, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. Telling the adults apart by sight…

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Montpelier BioBlitz 2018 – Thank you!

By NBNC2018 | Aug 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Montpelier BioBlitz 2018 – Thank you!

Results are pouring in from the Montpelier BioBlitz 2018, with over 1,500 species documented and a few more to come! Even in the beginning stages of data review, we have already found many surprises. Our botanists found the first U.S. record of the Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina fastuosa; a European species), feeding on its namesake Dead-nettle (Galleopsis sp.) on…

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ECO Iron Chef

By NBNC2018 | Aug 1, 2018 | Comments Off on ECO Iron Chef

Last week our ECO Institute (Level 2) participants spent five days with NBNC Teacher/Naturalist Ken Benton and NBNC Staff Naturalist Sean Beckett in a natural history immersion for educators.  The group spent each day birding, botanizing, checking out local geology, learning forest trees, building fires, and covering a range of ecological content and outdoor skills…

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