Tropical Panama for Teens

Our expert educators and Panama's premiere wildlife guides have worked together to build this unforgettable journey, designed with the goal of kindling a passion for nature connection and wildness that will last a lifetime.

Winter Ecology – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Instructed by Jason Mazurowski. Students will learn to read Vermont’s winter landscape, from the ice age relics that still inhabit our alpine summits, to the warming waters of Lake Champlain. 

$285

Winter Willows – Nature Retreat in the Northeast Kingdom

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

**For 6th - 8th graders who identify as girls, nonbinary, genderqueer, and/or trans.** Explore the winter wonderland of the Nulhegan Basin!  Our experience will be tailored to the interests of participants.  Activities could include: tool crafting, weaving, dream pillow making, animal tracking, fire by friction, snowshoeing or skiing in the woods, cooking on the wood stove or fire, and star gazing. 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.

$200

Lake Champlain Waterfowl Watch

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Join NBNC Birding Ambassador Chip Darmstadt on the shores of Lake Champlain in search of winter waterfowl.

$65

Seabirding Along the Atlantic Coast – Winter Birding in Cape Ann, MA

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

This annual winter adventure is an outstanding opportunity to spend quality time with species rarely, if ever, seen in Vermont. 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 lovers under the leadership of a first-class guide and educator.

$550

Needle Felting Workshop with Neysa Russo

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Needle felting is a simple technique that uses barbed needles to decorate a felt surface with design. There will be an abundance of designs to choose from that are perfect for sampling this technique and more complex projects for those who would like a challenge. Along the way, you will build your needling skills, gain design experience, and experiment with color.

$125

Peents n’ Peeps – Spring Sounds at NBNC

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

An evening of up close and personal listens and looks at springtime's most impressive crepuscular performances.  We'll attempt to creep up on spring peepers by following an individual peep amid the cacophonous chorus and try to pinpoint the peenting of american woodcocks before they lift off to perform their skydance.

History on the Land – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Discover how to “read” old forested farmscapes and agricultural architecture to trace 300 years of land use history in Vermont. Stone walls, cellar holes, old roads, and other mysteries “lost” in the woods reveal stories of the families who shaped the landscape as we see it today.

$285

Wildlife Tracking: Summer Tracks & Signs – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

You might associate wildlife tracking with winter snow, but paying attention to wildlife activity is a year-round practice, and one that invites us into closer connection with our wild neighbors. With a bit of instruction and attunement to subtle signs, the trained tracker finds the summer landscape rich with stories of territorial marking, feeding, denning, and more.

$285

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

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

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

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.

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.