Spring Birding at North Branch Nature Center

A casual morning of birding for all interests and experience levels facilitated by NBNC staff and guest leaders. These outings are about enjoying, learning about, and spending time with wild birds. No binoculars? No ID guide? No problem! The only requirement is an appreciation of birds (though we do have binoculars for those who would like them).

Travelers Circle Storytelling & 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. The evening will start with a potluck at 5:30, and storytelling will begin around 6. Please bring your own dishes and silverware.

Plant Geography of a Granite Hill – A Northern Forest Atlas Day Course

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Drew Mountain is the Granite Hills of Groton State Park, which are an igneous pluton intruded into the Devonian Waits-River sediments. The granite is hard and acid, the Waits softer and limy. The plants are an unusual combination, reflecting both influences. We will focus on the woody plants as a key to understanding the habitat, and add some interesting grasses, sedges, and herbs as details. A Northern Forest Atlas course hosted by NBNC's Biodiversity University.

$110

Reading the Landscape – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Reading the Landscape & Telling the Story is designed to acquaint you with Vermont landscapes in the Champlain Valley and to provide you with an integrative framework for reading the land here and around the world. This framework explores an understanding of the pieces, patterns, and processes that shape the natural world.

$285
Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through August 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature…

Event Series Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Tuesdays, March 14 - June 6 | 10:00 - noon | Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free, weekly 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.

Biodiversity Jamboree!

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Celebrate birds, bugs, plants, pollinators, and all the other creatures that call Vermont "home" in this summer festival. North Branch Nature Center and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies will be co-presenting this day full of field outings, nature exhibits, kids activities, live birds, music, food, and more!

Summer Tree Identification with Jonathan Shapiro

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Learning to identify trees can be a powerful way to connect to your local landscape. They are big, charismatic, and always around us, and knowing who they are provides a baseline of ecological understanding for the rest of our surroundings. Join Jonathan Shapiro of Fox Paw School for a dive into tree ID, focusing on a pattern-based approach that we are hardwired to understand. We'll talk about tree silhouettes, branching patterns, leaf shapes, bark, and more, and you'll leave with the observational skills to learn not only trees, but the rest of your landscape as well. By meeting in three different seasons, we'll have the opportunity to see how trees' lives change throughout the cycle of the year, and how they fit into the broader ecological context of our North Woods home.

$50
Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through August 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature…

Event Series Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Tuesdays, March 14 - June 6 | 10:00 - noon | Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free, weekly 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.

Botanical Illustration – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

This class will focus on botanical illustrations at all scales, from the whole plant down to its smallest parts. At times we’ll practice with magnification, measurements, maps, and diagrams to expand our techniques. We’ll work primarily with graphite pencils and technical pens, and move into watercolor and colored pencils on our final day together.

$385
Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through August 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature…

Event Series Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Tuesdays, March 14 - June 6 | 10:00 - noon | Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free, weekly 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.

Inclusive Kayaking Outing with Northeast Disabled Athletics Association, South Hero Land Trust, and North Branch Nature Center

Lake Iroquois VT, United States

This adaptive kayaking series is an opportunity for community members who want to learn about kayaking or get back out on the water, but can’t use a standard kayak, to use an adaptive kayak with support. Naturalists from North Branch Nature Center will join the outings to help create a deeper experience for the paddlers.

Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through August 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature…

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

Songs and S’mores

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Come join us for an evening of songs and s’mores as we gather around the campfire to share each other's company and revel in the joy of summer! This is a family friendly event and we welcome people of all ages!

Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through August 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature…

Slow Birding – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Sounds a bit strange, “slow birding.” Watching birds isn’t really fast in the first place and the pace of a birder in the field is already slow and methodical. But, it is possible to change how we approach traditional birding and what we get out of it. Slow Birding is a practice that builds a deeper observation of birds while at the same time creating a deeper connection to yourself and the place you live.

$285
Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through September 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required PLEASE WEAR SANDALS OR WATER SHOES for the…

POSTPONED – Habitat Restoration Volunteer Day at NBNC

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

This summer we are continuing to restore habitat by removing invasive plant populations, caring for newly planted trees, and maintaining beaver deterrents. Look forward to meeting and learning about plants native to our riparian habitats and enjoy caring for the land in the company of fellow nature lovers.  We will need plenty of volunteers to help get this work done!

ECO Institute: Nature-Based Routines for Outdoor Classrooms

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

For elementary and middle school educators. 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. The course provides inquiry-based learning through intensive experiential lessons, activities, and discussions held entirely outdoors.

$1300
Event Series Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup – Special Post-Flood Session!

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

We are offering a special session of Robin's Nest Nature Playgroup this Saturday to give families a break from flood cleanup and a chance to gather in community. Our Nature Playscape was undamaged by the flooding and is ready for play, and we'll have lemonade and cookies for all. 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.

Backpacking in the Green Mountains (Grades 7-9)

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

On this 5 day backpacking trip, our team of participants will learn the basics of wilderness safety, backpacking/camping techniques, and navigation along with camp craft such as cooking, site selection, Leave-No-Trace ethics, and Team & Leadership skills.

$475

NBNC Member Night

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Please join us for our first ever NBNC Member Night! This free event will be a casual, fun evening for members to get to know each other and NBNC staff and board members.

Mosses and the Dry-rich Community – A Northern Forest Atlas Day Course

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Quarry Hill is a dry low-elevation marble hill with an exceptionally diverse flora. Marble hills rare in the Northern Forest Region. Some of the best are in western New England. This one, which has been famous botanically since the early 1900s, is one of the best of the best. We will focus on limestone mosses and also look at some distinctive woody plants, herbs, and indicators. A Northern Forest Atlas day course hosted by NBNC's Biodiversity University.

$110
Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through August 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature together and sharing in the discoveries offered up by the landscape. Each outing features a different loose theme, facilitated by rotating NBNC staff. The outing…

ECO Institute: Natural History Fundamentals for Educators

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

For elementary and middle school educators. This goal of this course is to deepen our understanding of the natural landscape and learn how to utilize this knowledge to build a partnership with the land that meets the needs of all students. Participants will develop a foundation of natural history knowledge through immersive study of bird language, tree and plant identification, wild edible safety, geology, and stream ecology. We will practice techniques for achieving a deeper level of inquiry and observation in nature while learning hands-on methods for embedding this knowledge into outdoor lessons and making classroom connections. The routines that we build throughout the week are designed to deepen your class’s sense of place within the outdoor learning environment.

$1300

Inclusive Kayaking Outing with Northeast Disabled Athletics Association, South Hero Land Trust, and North Branch Nature Center

Waterbury Reservoir VT, United States

This adaptive kayaking series is an opportunity for community members who want to learn about kayaking or get back out on the water, but can’t use a standard kayak, to use an adaptive kayak with support. Naturalists from North Branch Nature Center will join the outings to help create a deeper experience for the paddlers.

Songs and S’mores

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Come join us for an evening of songs and s’mores as we gather around the campfire to share each other's company and revel in the joy of summer! This is a family friendly event and we welcome people of all ages!

Old Forest Ecology – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

The course will provide an introduction to old forests, including their forms, functions, and inhabitants. Each day will explore an old forest field site in Northern Vermont, combined with time back at NBNC to share slides and discuss concepts in a classroom setting.

$285
Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through August 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature together and sharing in the discoveries offered up by the landscape. Each outing features a different loose theme, facilitated by rotating NBNC staff. The outing…

ECO Institute: Nature-Based Routines for Outdoor Classrooms

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

Paddling in the Adirondacks (Grades 7-9)

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

On this 5 day canoe trip, our team of participants will learn boating safety, paddling techniques, and navigation along with camp craft such as cooking, site selection, Leave-No-Trace ethics, and Team & Leadership skills.

$725

Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through August 10 am - noon | Adults and families welcome FREE | No registration required This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature together and sharing in the discoveries offered up by the landscape. Each outing features a different loose theme, facilitated by rotating NBNC staff. The outing…