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April 2019

Birding Basics Class

April 27 @ 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Become a better birder! In this class, you’ll develop a breadth of knowledge and skills to better appreciate Vermont’s common and not-so-common birdlife. Identify species from sight and sound by scrutinizing field marks and decoding birdsong. Understand avian ecology and interpret behavior by exploring a wide range of habitats and natural communities. Participate in Vermont bird conservation by immersing in local avian research programs. Whether you are a backyard birdwatcher ready to expand your knowledge, or a passionate naturalist seeking…

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May 2019

Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks

May 3 @ 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00am on Monday, repeating until May 31, 2019

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 - TBD 5/17 - Berlin Pond (Meeting at public access point, Brookfield Road, Berlin VT) 5/24 - TBD 5/31 - North Branch Nature Center  

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“Unnatural History” Invasive Plants Walk at the Barre City Cow Pasture

May 4 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
$10

Celebrate Green-up Day with naturalist Ken Benton for a walk in the Barre City Cow Pasture, a hidden gem within walking distance of downtown Barre. After the walk, opt to help clean up trash and remove invasive plants with other volunteers.

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Spring Wildflower Walk with the GMC

May 8 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
$25

After months of black, grey, and brown, we will search the Waterbury-Stowe valley in search of Vermont’s first spring colors. Learn how to identify common ephemeral wildflowers, and explore the fascinating ecology of early-season flora. Hosted by the Green Mountain Club, and led by NBNC's Staff Naturalist, Sean Beckett. Location: Kirchner Woods, Stowe, VT Register at the Green Mountain Club HERE

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Birding on the Boardwalk with GMC

May 17 @ 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
$25

Ever wonder what birds you are seeing and hearing along your hikes through the Green Mountains? Join us on a stroll to identify and learn about the most common and intriguing birds encountered along the Long Trail. We’ll meet at Green Mountain Club's Barnes Camp Visitor Center and spend the morning birding the beaver meadows and marshes of the Barnes Camp boardwalk, and continue along the Long Trail. Hosted by the GMC, and led by North Branch Nature Center's Staff…

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Spring Wild Edible Workshop

May 19 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

A veritable smorgasbord of edible plants are springing up across our fields and forests this time of year. Learn to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of plants and how to eat your way through some non-native species. We will cover tips and tricks to incorporate wild foods into your regular diet and some ways to extend the harvest. Led by NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and forager Ken Benton. Fee: $30 members, $35 non-members. REGISTER HERE

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June 2019

BugFest!

June 30 @ 12:00 PM - 11:59 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! Check back this spring for the full schedule.

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July 2019

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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