Yurt Dedication & Juneteenth Celebration

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Please join us to dedicate “Dot’s Place” and to celebrate Juneteenth in a ceremony featuring drumming and dancing by Shidaa, and music by the New Alpha Choir. Then enjoy a community potluck/picnic – bring your picnic dinner and/or a dish to share. Beverages and dessert will be provided. 

Tree ID & Natural History – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Learning about trees can be a powerful way to connect to your local landscape. They are big, charismatic, and always around us. Knowing who they are provides a baseline ecological understanding for the rest of our surroundings.

$285

Vermont Master Naturalist for Educators

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

This course for middle and high school educators is a unique collaboration between North Branch Nature Center and Vermont Master Naturalist. It is a place-based, integrated training in interpreting the local landscape and applying that training to 5th-12th grade classrooms and curricula. Each day immerses in a different ecosystem, exploring the pieces, patterns, and processes driving local ecology. We’ll practice field-based activities and classroom-based extensions aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Proficiency-Based Learning frameworks.

$1300

Songs and S’mores

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Come join us for an evening of songs and s’mores as we gather around the campfire to share each other's company and revel in the joy of summer! This is a family friendly event and we welcome people of all ages!

Moth Lighting With The Caterpillar Lab

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

The Caterpillar Lab will guide us on an investigation of our awe-inspiring nocturnal neighbors: the huge, tiny, regal, absurd, furry, shiny, gorgeous, perplexing, audacious and outrageous moths that Vermont has to offer!

ECO Institute: Nature-Based Routines for Outdoor Classrooms

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

For elementary and middle school teachers. The purpose of this ECO introductory course for elementary and middle school educators is to apply integrated academic curricula beyond the classroom, while immersing in and participating with nature as a learning partner.

$1300

Nature’s Rainbow Family Art Workshop

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Many mushrooms and lichens can be used to make paints! Learn a few paint-making processes for both plants and fungi, then make your own artwork with the colors. For ages 6 and up with a caregiver.

$20

Pride Hike with Audubon Vermont at NBNC

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

LGBTQIA2S+ hikers are invited for a leisurely summer walk at North Branch Nature Center this July!

Nature’s Rainbow Natural Paint Workshop

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Many mushrooms and lichens can be used to make paints in a spectrum of earthy reds, oranges, and browns, while plants round out the spectrum with blues and purples. Learn a few paint-making processes for both plants and fungi, then make your own artwork with the colors!

$20

Backpacking in the Green Mountains: a Teen Adventure Camp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

In this camp we will embark on a 5- day backpacking adventure in the Green Mountains of Vermont. We will carry all of the gear we need for our journey, making different camps our home along the way. Our days will be spent walking ridgelines, enjoying mountain vistas, and sharing stories, songs, and laughter, all while immersed in the rhythms of the natural world.

$1200

Peatlands Rich and Poor – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Instructors: Brett Engstrom & Jerry Jenkins July 20-21, 2024 | $285 Course size: 12 students Financial support available (contact us) Part of NBNC's Biodiversity University series. More Information & Registration

$285

ECO Institute for Early Childhood Educators

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

For preschool and kindergarten educators. This course applies early childhood learning curricula beyond the classroom, while immersing in and participating with nature as a learning partner. The course provides inquiry-based learning through intensive experiential lessons, provocations and discussions held entirely outdoors.

$1300

Songs and S’mores

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Come join us for an evening of songs and s’mores as we gather around the campfire to share each other's company and revel in the joy of summer! This is a family friendly event and we welcome people of all ages!

Nature Night Hike

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Discover nature in the dark! Come catch moths, uncover caterpillars under UV light, and learn all about what local critters are up to at night. We'll let our eyes naturally adjust to the moonlight as we hike, play games, and explore the nature center after dark.

Backpacking in the Adirondacks: a Teen Adventure Camp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

In this camp we will embark on a 5- day backpacking adventure in the Green Mountains of Vermont. We will carry all of the gear we need for our journey, making different camps our home along the way. Our days will be spent walking ridgelines, enjoying mountain vistas, and sharing stories, songs, and laughter, all while immersed in the rhythms of the natural world.

$1200

But Why?: Signs of Summer

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Podcast host and author Jane Lindholm and our naturalist special guest will be front and center to discuss woodland creatures - big and small, and summer time ecology.

The Pantanal – Birds and Wildlife of Brazil

The huge lowland plains of the Mato Grosso in Brazil, seasonally inundated during the rainy season, is known as the "Pantanal." It is the shrinking of the wetlands during the dry season that creates the spectacular concentrations of wildlife for which the area has become world famous.

Songs and S’mores

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Come join us for an evening of songs and s’mores as we gather around the campfire to share each other's company and revel in the joy of summer! This is a family friendly event and we welcome people of all ages!

Mushroom Identification & Ecology – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Designed for naturalists and scientists of varied abilities and interests, this seminar covers butterfly taxonomy, biology, behavior, and identification.

$285

Native Pollinators – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

When it comes to pollination, honeybees get all the attention, but most of the credit belongs to a diverse group of organisms that call New England home. There have been over 350 species of wild bees identified in Vermont to date, and they – along with myriad moths, butterflies, wasps, beetles, flies, and birds – are responsible for pollinating ~80% of flowering plants and ~66% of food crops.

$285

Champlain Beach & Delta Botany by Boat – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Instructors: Grace Glynn & Jerry Jenkins August 30-31, 2024 | $285 Course size: 12 students Financial support available (contact us) Part of NBNC's Biodiversity University series. More Information & Registration

$285

Old Forest Ecology- Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Old forests capture a special place in our imagination, and they provide important ecological functions, especially in a changing climate. In this course, we will visit some of the few remaining patches of old forest in Vermont.

$285

Japan’s Winter Birds & Culture

Winter in Japan is a fairytale of stunning birdlife, fascinating wildlife, dramatic landscapes, and magnificent culture.