Recurring Event Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Public Owl Banding Demonstration

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

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.

Owl Banding Youth Overnight

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Ages 10 - 15 | Registration required October 14  at 7 PM to 7 AM October 15 Group size limited to 12. Donations (of any amount) requested during registration or at the door to help support our owl research and youth programs. REGISTER HERE Stay up late with NBNC educators and naturalists as we capture,…

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

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

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.

$45
Recurring Event Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Public Owl Banding Demonstration

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

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.

LGBTQ+ Owl Banding Night

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

LGBTQ+ Owl Banding Night October 21 | 8 – 9:30 pm Registration required | Free SIGN UP HERE September is Pride Month in Vermont, but nobody told the owls! Every October NBNC biologists capture, tag, and release Northern Saw-whet Owls as part of a national network of scientists working to better understand their migration. Join…

Montpelier PLACE – History on the Land: Hubbard Park

Hubbard Park Parkway Street, Montpelier, VT

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.

Public Owl Banding Demonstration

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

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.

Recurring Event Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

“This Land Was Saved for You and Me” with Author Jeffrey Ryan (Vermont)

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Northeast Wilderness Trust, in partnership with North Branch Nature Center and Bear Pond Books, welcomes author Jeffrey Ryan to share his new book about the creation of public lands in America: This Land Was Saved for You and Me. Jeffrey will read highlights from “This Land,” which traces the protection of America’s public lands by identifying a series of critical generational handoffs — from Frederick Law Olmsted to Gifford Pinchot to the generation of foresters that would lead the movement to preserve some lands as forever wild. Ryan’s book features many notable names, but importantly many lesser-known people whose efforts broke new ground by recognizing that America’s resources were not inexhaustible, calling for a means of protecting and managing them before it became too late.

(Cancelled) Travelers Circle Storytelling Night & Potluck

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Join us for a casual evening of stories and a shared community meal. We encourage everyone to contribute a short story of their travels (though there is no pressure to speak), and "travel" may entail a trip to the store or a trip across the world! The experience is a bit like jamming on musical instruments: what you hear inspires what you share.

Montpelier PLACE – Ecology of Hubbard Park

Hubbard Park Parkway Street, Montpelier, VT

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.

Art Gallery Reception – Robin Crofut-Brittingham

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Please join us at North Branch Nature Center to celebrate Robin Crofut-Brittingham’s watercolor paintings. Tour the gallery, meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments on the porch. A portion of artwork sales will support NBNC in our mission of Connecting People with the Natural World.

Nature Illustration with Susan Sawyer: Tree Characters

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

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.

$45

ECO Homeschool (Aged 6 – 12) Late Fall Session

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Inspired by ECO, our full-day ECO Homeschool program provides a meaningful and fun learning environment based in environmental education and a mentorship model.

Each Monday, the woods and fields of North Branch Nature Center will be our classroom, where students will learn by doing, using all five senses to engage with the landscape through standards-based lessons led by our talented ECO Education staff. ECO Homeschool Sessions will consist of age appropriate games, songs, stories, and activities that are designed to help students directly engage with the natural world and the organisms that we share this land with.

$450

Recurring Event Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Recurring Event Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Montpelier PLACE – Montpelier’s Built Environment

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Discover the history of downtown Montpelier with Paul Carnahan, author of Montpelier: Images of Vermont’s Capital City. We will examine how the city’s buildings and bridges have responded to the natural environment and defined our community.

Recurring Event Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Montpelier PLACE – Montpelier Underfoot (Presentation)

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

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. Attendance at one day of the event is not mandatory for participation in the other. The field outing will include less than ½ mile of walking on mostly flat, wide trails.

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. Join us this fall on a citywide exploration to discover what makes our Capital City so special! All events are free with no registration required.

Montpelier PLACE – Montpelier Underfoot (Field Walk)

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. Attendance at one day of the event is not mandatory for participation in the other. The field outing will include less than ½ mile of walking on mostly flat, wide trails.

Recurring Event Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Recurring Event Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.