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May 2019

Yellowstone: Journey to the Heart of the Wild – Full!

May 21 - May 27
$2,950

An unforgettable safari to the heart of the wild. Find out why the 18-million-acre Greater Yellow Ecosystem has been hailed as "America's Serengeti," "The World's Wonderland," and "The Land of Fire and Ice.”

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Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks

May 31 @ 7:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Weekly trips to birding hot spots around Montpelier searching for spring migrants like warblers, vireos, thrushes, and waterfowl. Led by NBNC's expert birders. Free for members. $10 non-members. See below for meeting locations: 5/3 - North Branch Nature Center 5/10 - Hubbard Park (Park at the "New Shelter." This is the shelter farther from the Winter Street entrance.) 5/17 - Berlin Pond (Meeting at public access point, Brookfield Road, Berlin VT) 5/24 - Sodom Pond (Park along Quarry Road next…

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June 2019

BugFest!

June 30 @ 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

This summer festival for all ages is a celebration of insects in all their amazing forms! Witness weird and wacky caterpillars, build homes for native bees, learn about pollinators and pollinator gardening, join bug walks with expert naturalists, chase fireflies in the moonlight, and enjoy a wide range of activities just for kids! Featuring the Vermont Garden Journal's Charlie Nardozzi. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Caterpillar Lab Exploration Tent | 2 - 7 PM An over-the-top and up-close caterpillar experience. See enormous…

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July 2019

Art Gallery Reception – Botanical Art by Susan Sawyer

July 11 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join us for an exhibition and celebration of artist and naturalist Susan Sawyer's wonderful botanical artwork, on display at North Branch Nature Center from July through September. 

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Wild Adirondacks Trip (For Youth and Teens)

July 12 @ 4:00 PM - July 14 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$225

Travel into the heart of the Adirondack mountains to visit ancient boreal forests, canoe the Racquette River, and explore the alpine summit of Whiteface Mountain.

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August 2019

Montpelier Habitat Diversity Workshop with Aaron Marcus & Native Plant Trust

August 11 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$28

a hands-on opportunity to examine the biological diversity of these varied habitats. From meadows to wetlands to forests, learn how habitat diversity creates and contributes to an overarching ecosystem. Course instructed by Vermont ecologist and endangered plant specialist Aaron Marcus. This course is hosted in partnership with Native Plant Trust (Formerly the New England Wildflower Society).

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Shorebirding Quest to Plum Island, MA

August 24 @ 7:00 AM - August 25 @ 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$325

A weekend with NBNC’s expert birders and naturalists enjoying sandpipers, plovers, and godwits galore at the renowned Plum Island, Massachusetts-- the perfect place to learn or perfect your shorebirding!

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Birding Paddle on Arrowhead Mountain Lake

August 24 @ 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
$15

Celebrate fall migration with North Branch Nature Center by paddling Milton's diverse Arrowhead Mountain Lake in search of neotropical warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl. Over 115 species have been seen along the shores and wetlands of this beautiful and under-the-radar pond.

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September 2019

Northeast Kingdom Nature Retreat (For Youth and Teens)

September 13 @ 5:00 PM - September 15 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$175

Journey with youth and teen naturalists and NBNC’s expert teacher / naturalists to the wildest corner of Vermont for a weekend-long nature retreat full of rare birds, bog plants, dragonflies, brook trout, and whatever else Mother Nature has in store for us. 

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Digital Nature Photography 101

September 18 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$95

New to digital photography? Eager to capture better images of the natural world? In this four-part, hands-on series, develop the foundations of a well-rounded nature photographer.

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Wild Edibles – Apple Edition

September 21 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

Join NBNC naturalists on a tasty exploration of re-wilded orchards to learn about the natural and cultural history of our venerable state fruit. We’ll do some wild-style apple picking, then return to the trailhead to press fresh cider and cook up our bounty. Led by NBNC naturalists and educators Sean Beckett and Ken Benton.

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Composting: the next level

September 28 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Already composting but want to take it up a notch? This workshop will explore how to hot-compost, vermicomposting, bokashi composting, and strategies for composting throughout the winter. Led by Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District’s Cassandra Hemenway, a Vermont Master Composter graduate, and long-time composting educator. No registration required. See you there!

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