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September 2019

Nature Journaling with Susan Sawyer

September 15, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$75

This three-part class takes place in the fields, woods and riverside. We’ll develop artistic and writing skills with pencil, pen, watercolor, and colored pencils. We will practice techniques and creative approaches including haiku, mapmaking, lists, and special adaptations like pocket-size nature journals, quick handmade booklets, and group journals.

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Digital Nature Photography 101

September 18, 2019 @ 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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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 20, 2019 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

A weekly, casual bird walk around the NBNC property in search of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about identification, ecology, and life history of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s expert naturalists and birders.

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Wild Edibles – Apple Edition

September 21, 2019 @ 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. Hosted by NBNC and Hunger Mountain Co-op.

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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 27, 2019 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

A weekly, casual bird walk around the NBNC property in search of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about identification, ecology, and life history of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s expert naturalists and birders.

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Workshop by Rachel Larimore: Going to the Great “Beyond”

September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$150 – $200

Join Rachel Larimor for this session exploring our current practices and how we can move away from learning in or about nature, and toward more learning with nature. We’ll consider the structure of our time, the physical environment, and our teacher-child interactions. We’ll also discuss how we integrate those experiences in the beyond into the indoor classroom.

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October 2019

Photography for Naturalists Workshop

October 6, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$35

Become a better photographer by tuning into nature, and learn to harness your camera by becoming a better naturalist. In this morning workshop, we’ll blend photography techniques and naturalist skills to achieve a deeper connection with nature and capture great photographs.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 7, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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Fall Wild Edible Plants & Mushrooms

October 13, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40 – $45

Join our foraging naturalists Ken Benton and Dave Muska for a day of learning to identify, sustainably harvest, and cook a variety of wild plants and mushrooms.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 14, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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Mushrooms of Central Vermont

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45 – $55

A journey through the Fungi kingdom. In this class, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of mushroom ID, toxicology & edibility, as well as the ecological significance of fungi found in Central Vermont.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 21, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 25, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on October 10, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 16, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 25, 2019 at 7:30pm

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

Demonstrations 7:30 – 9 pm on October 9, 10, 16, 24, and 25. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, NBNC naturalists and educators will discuss the highlights of recent research at NBNC and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. RSVP is required. Open to all ages.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 28, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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November 2019

Nature Illustration: Leaves, Seeds, and Twigs with Susan Sawyer

November 2, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40

Though the growing season is over, there are plenty of things that make late fall one of the best times to bring botany indoors and take a good look. Looking closely, plant structures are infinitely varied, functional, and often surprising. This class will emphasize close observation and accurate drawing.

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Black Ash Basketmaking

November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - November 17, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$185

Learn every step of traditional black ash basketry in this forest-to-basket class! Abenaki basketmakers Kerry and Aaron Wood will teach each step of the basketmaking process beginning with a walk through an ash stand, assessing living trees for basket quality, processing ash splints, weaving a basket, and exploring indigenous cultural values of ash trees. Participants will go home with their own foraging basket and lid.

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December 2019

Winter Owl Prowl in Addison County

December 7, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$25

Owls are among our most beloved yet seldom seen birds. Of the seven owl species that we regularly encounter in Vermont, the migratory Short-eared Owl is one of the most sought after by birders. Early winter is a great time to search for Short-eared Owls when they can be found hunting over large open fields at dusk. We will travel to Addison County to view hunting Short-eared owls. Afterwards we will visit nearby spots in search of Northern Saw-whet, Eastern…

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January 2020

Superbowl of Birding XVII – Youth Overnight

January 24 @ 4:00 PM - January 25 @ 9:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$150

Join our NBNC youth and teen birding team on our annual migration to New England's premier winter birding compedition! In this 12-hour race to identify as many species as possible, we'll scour the coastlines of New Hampshire and Massachusetts searching for rare birds like Razorbill, King Eider, and Snowy Owl. This competition, hosted by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flatts Education Center, ranks species based on difficulty and assigns points accordingly (i.e. one point for a chickadee and five points for an…

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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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Full Moon Family Snowshoe

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

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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Wildlife Tracking Tuesdays

February 18 @ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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One event on February 4, 2020 at 8:30am

One event on February 11, 2020 at 8:30am

One event on February 18, 2020 at 8:30am

One event on February 25, 2020 at 8:30am

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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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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