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The Caterpillar Lab – Public Exploration Exhibit

September 4, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - September 6, 2021 @ 5:00 PM


September 4th: 10 am – 5 pm*
September 5th: 1 – 5 pm
September 6th: 10 am – 5 pm*
*Closed for lunch 12-1
$5 per person or $10 per family at the door | no registration required

Caterpillars take over the Nature Center! Join The Caterpillar Lab for a journey into the incredible world of New England’s native caterpillars and their habitats. This hands-on, over-the-top exhibition features open-air displays where you’ll witness rare moments of metamorphosis, mimicry, symbiosis, birth, death, deception, and wonder in a program unlike anything else! 

Bright foliage bursts with color and life, while The Caterpillar Lab’s expert staff answer questions, share experiences, and pilot their digital projection microscopes on journeys deep into the amazing caterpillar stories unfolding in our own backyards. You’ll meet enormous giant silk moth caterpillars, fierce-looking snake-impersonators, camouflaged twig-mimics, and even bizarre legless slug caterpillars. 

The Caterpillar Lab is a casual, drop-in experience. Stay for ten minutes or four hours. Photograph the caterpillars, discuss gardening for insects, observe countless species, open up cocoons with staff, or just hold a really HUGE caterpillar—choose your own caterpillar adventure! There is something for everyone from young children to seasoned naturalists and professional biologists – if you are wondering if this exhibit is appropriate for you, the answer is YES!

The Caterpillar Lab is a traveling, world-class education organization based in Keene, NH that turns nature centers and museums into a spectacular caterpillar circus, research lab, incubator, art studio, classroom, and all-around nature party. During their week-long residency at NBNC, The Caterpillar Lab will be offering field walks, classes, educator workshops, childrens’ camps, moth lighting events, and more. Visit our NBNC calendar to sign up for these events, and make sure you drop by the Exploration Exhibit over Labor Day Weekend.

Other Events this week with The Caterpillar Lab

Caterpillar Camps – September 2- 3 | For kids ages 6-13
Caterpillars for Educators – September 5  | 9 am – noon
Public Moth Lighting Night – September 5 | 8:30 – 11 pm
Moth ID & Natural History Workshop – September 3 | 8:30 – midnight

The Caterpillar Lab at North Branch Nature Center is brought to you by our generous sponsors:
Hunger Mountain Co-op | National Life Group
GreenVest | Forward Philanthropy | Concept2 | Northfield Savings Bank | Washington Electric Co-op


September 4, 2021 @ 10:00 AM
September 6, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602