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February 2020

Wildlife Tracking 101

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

From bobcats to hawks, all animals leave sign of their activities.  Join Dave Muska as he introduces you to the fundamentals of tracking and awareness to better understand the stories animals leave behind. In this class, you’ll be introduced to basic tracking skills and concepts such as clear print identification, track patterns, as well as techniques to develop your skill in tracking. This is a great class for photographers, hunters, or anyone who wishes to deepen their outdoor experience. To Bring:…

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Wildlife Tracking Tuesdays

February 4 @ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Walk the property with NBNC naturalists in search of wildlife tracks and sign every Tuesday morning in February. This casual weekly outing is a great way to brush up on track and trail identification in a community of curious nature lovers. The NBNC property is a wildlife corridor regularly traveled by coyote, fox, deer, fisher, mink, and much more. This program is FREE for NBNC members and $10 for non-members, paid at the door. RSVP not required.

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Full Moon Family Snowshoe

February 8 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on January 11, 2020 at 6:30pm

North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Under a full moon and surrounded by sparkling snow, let’s snowshoe by lunar light! Nighttime naturalist activities for families will illuminate how wildlife survives the long winter nights while meandering the North Branch Nature Center fields and forests. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. FREE for NBNC members or $10 for non-members paid at the start of the program. ***UPDATE: The 1/11 SNOWSHOE PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER*** REGISTER HERE

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Winter Willows: Nature Retreat for Girls

February 14 @ 3:00 PM - February 16 @ 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$175

A youth naturalist retreat just for 4th-8th grade girls! Join us in exploring the wintery world of the Northeast Kingdom’s Nulhegan Basin. Animal tracking, herbal dream pillows by the fire, snowshoeing or skiing in the woods, spruce needle biscuits on the wood stove, and star gazing might be on our agenda! This two-night retreat will have us exploring the snowy wonderland by day, and relaxing fireside in a warm and cozy winter cabin by night. Led by NBNC’s naturalist educators…

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Winter Birding in the Champlain Valley

February 16 @ 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

The Champlain Valley is one of New England’s premier inland destinations for March birdwatching. Join expert birder and NBNC Teacher Naturalist Zac Cota on a trip to explore the shores, fields, and forests of the Champlain Valley in search of eagles, waterfowl, raptors, owls, snow buntings, winter finches, and more. A full-day exploration of avian winter ecology. Shared spotting scopes provided. Departs from NBNC at 8:00 AM and Burlington at 8:45. Carpooling arrangements will be coordinated by NBNC. $30 NBNC members /…

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Winter Wild Edibles

February 22 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

For those willing to get a little frosty, there is no need to pack up your foraging baskets during the cold winter months. Bundle up and join teacher naturalist Ken Benton as we learn to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of wild foods from the surrounding landscape.  We’ll bake with spruce, fir, and pine needles and sip on a warm mug of chaga chai or refreshing birch beer as we try our hand at making ice cream from snow. Children must be accompanied by adults. Cancellation Policy:…

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March 2020

Seabirds and Pelagic Birding Boat Trip in Cape Ann, MA

March 6 @ 10:00 AM - March 8 @ 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$425

Seabirds and Pelagic Birding Boat Trip in Cape Ann, MA March 6  (10 am) to March 8 (3 pm) $425 ($75 single supplement) Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is a worldwide destination for winter birds and birders. This annual winter adventure is an outstanding opportunity to spend quality time with species rarely, if ever, seen inland. This trip is not only about discovering rare species by land and sea, but about watching, enjoying, and studying seabirds among a community of like-minded nature…

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Intermediate Wildlife Tracking

March 7 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45

Intermediate Wildlife Tracking March 7 | 9 am - 3 pm $45 | Ages 16+ Join NBNC naturalist and wildlife tracker Dave Muska for a full day of tracking and trailing wildlife, aimed at participants already holding some basic knowledge of track and sign identification. We'll start in the classroom to review the tracks, gaits, habitats, and signs of species we might encounter on the late winter landscape. We'll then head out on the land to search for sign and explore the who,…

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April 2020

Book Launch Party: “Organic Artist for Kids” by Nick Neddo

April 11 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join us for this family-friendly book launch and activities fair featuring Nick Neddo's new book, "The Organic Artist for Kids."

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