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September 2022

Cape May & Delmarva Birding Trip with Chip Darmstadt

September 20 @ 8:00 AM - September 25 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Explore this extraordinary birdwatching paradise during one of its most exciting times to visit. With over 430 total species observed, and over 330 species seen this time of year, Southern New Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula are home to some of the greatest avian biodiversity in the northeast.

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Montpelier PLACE – Queen Bee Day Brunch at Barr Hill

September 25 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Barr Hill, 116 Gin Lane
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States

In collaboration with Caledonia Spirits’ Bee's Knees Week, come sip on some cocktails and enjoy local honey-infused donuts with pollinator ecologist Jason Mazurowski who will share his expertise on the nearly 400 native bees species found in Vermont. This event is part of the Montpelier PLACE program, a series of community events celebrating the sites and stories in Montpelier’s unique heritage and ecology.

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October 2022

Nature Journaling Club

October 1 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40

October 1, 15, and 29 ($40 for all three sessions) | Explore the art and practice of nature journaling with NBNC Teacher-Naturalist Fiona Modrak. Using the practice of nature journaling, we will sharpen our observational skills, practice being curious, and learn new ways to explore nature. Using activities and prompts from John Muir Laws, we will come together in nature to share and learn from one another about different styles and approaches to nature journaling. Welcome to nature journalers new and old. No experience necessary. This club will meet three times in October. We ask that participants interested in registering attend at least two of the dates.

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Nature Illustration with Susan Sawyer: Seeds, Stems, & Leaves

October 16 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45

Drawing helps us to slow down and see the life around us. At the end of the growing season, what’s here to draw are some very interesting plant shapes and structures — twined tendrils, spent and eaten leaves, pods ripe or empty. Working both inside and out, using artist’s graphite pencils, the class will work on drawing skills including gesture, line, value, and composition, observing and learning about patterns, form and function in the nature center’s diverse plant life (and whatever invertebrates we happen on). A bonus will be the addition of touches of color to a graphite drawing. Some drawing experience is helpful but not required. All materials except your sketchbook will be provided.

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Montpelier PLACE – History on the Land: Hubbard Park

October 22 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hubbard Park, Parkway Street
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States

Peel back the layers of Hubbard Park with landscape historian Samantha Ford. Discover Montpelier's history and the origin of the conservation movement using hidden clues in the form of stone walls, witness trees, barbed wire, and more. This event is part of the Montpelier PLACE program, a series of community events celebrating the sites and stories in Montpelier’s unique heritage and ecology.

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Public Owl Banding Demonstration

October 24 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

NBNC is part of a national network of scientists working to better understand the migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl, a common yet elusive member of our Vermont forests. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. NBNC naturalists and educators will also discuss the highlights of recent research here and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. Open to all ages.

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Montpelier PLACE – Ecology of Hubbard Park

October 29 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hubbard Park, Parkway Street
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States

Join field naturalist Erica Hample for a guided group exploration of the most special places in Hubbard Park. Erica’s work creating a new ecological assessment of the park has uncovered a complicated land use history, a strong conservation ethic, and exciting geological formations. Come learn about ecological resilience and the future of this forest! This event is part of the Montpelier PLACE program, a series of community events celebrating the sites and stories in Montpelier’s unique heritage and ecology.

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Nature Illustration with Susan Sawyer: Tree Characters

October 30 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45

As winter comes nearer and leaves fall, we get to see the bones of things — in the case of trees, trunks, branches, and twigs According to their species and their circumstances, trees grow variously with each other, with the hills and along the river; we meet them at different life stages and observe their habits and adaptations. This will be a day of drawing to learn, in and near the woods, observing individual trees and their parts, up close and at a distance. We’ll be using artist’s graphite pencils and drawing pens. Some drawing experience is helpful but not required. All materials except your sketchbook will be provided.

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November 2022

Montpelier PLACE – Montpelier Underfoot

November 18 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 AM, repeating until November 19, 2022

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

Discover how Montpelier’s local geologic and geographic setting has shaped the city’s modern infrastructure, architecture and personality. Led by Sean Beckett of North Branch Nature Center. This two part event includes a Friday evening presentation followed by a field outing on Saturday morning.

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Montpelier PLACE – Montpelier Underfoot

November 19 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 AM, repeating until November 19, 2022

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

Discover how Montpelier’s local geologic and geographic setting has shaped the city’s modern infrastructure, architecture and personality. Led by Sean Beckett of North Branch Nature Center. This two part event includes a Friday evening presentation followed by a field outing on Saturday morning.

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