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Floodplains & Watersheds Field Workshop

November 11, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Floodplain Encounter – A Field Outing & Workshop at NBNC
Saturday, November 11 | 10 to noon
FREE | RSVP Requested

Join river and floodplain expert Ned Swanberg on an exploration of the (usually) hidden expressions of the North Branch River on this fall walk here at NBNC.  How does our rain and river shape the valley?  Why and where does it flood?  How does flooding support clean water and build soil in the watershed?  Why are functional floodplains important to the safety and wellbeing of our neighbors?   We will look at riverside soils, plants, and other signs to discern the shapes and power of water in our lives. RSVP Here

Ned Swanberg is a naturalist who explores the relationships between people and rivers.  He has lived and led discoveries along the Housatonic, Little Miami, Cold, Connecticut, Ottauquechee, White, and Winooski Rivers.  Ned is a Floodplain Manager with VTDEC and manages www.floodready.vt.gov.


Location: North Branch Nature Center
Distance: This outing covers between 0.5 and 1 miles.
Terrain and surface: The trails are a combination of 5’-wide grass paths over compacted dirt, and 2′-wide single-track dirt trails. All trails are flat with <2% cross-grade. One 20’ section of the trail has a 10% grade over a 100’ distance. There are several benches along the route. Please let us know ahead of the program how we can better accommodate your accessibility needs.

Our Shared Commitment

Take care of yourself. Take care of others. Take care of the earth.
We strive to help people feel welcomed, oriented to the landscape, engaged, inspired, safe, and part of our community. We ask that our visitors and participants share this commitment while at North Branch Nature Center and during our programs. We expect that all who enter this shared space do so in the spirit of welcoming kindness, inclusivity, respect, and curiosity.



November 11, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
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