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 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…

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 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…

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 July 9 romp. This new, weekly gathering is about exploring nature together and sharing in the discoveries offered up by the landscape. Each outing features…

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.

Event Series Nature Romp at NBNC

CANCELLED – Summer Nature Romp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

CANCELLED FOR JULY 16 due to flood damage to NBNC trails Weekly on Sunday Mornings — June through September 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…

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…

Wasps of New England – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

This course will teach people how to easily identify wasps to family level while out in the field, and by the end of it our most ubiquitous, as well as many of our lesser-seen wasps will be easily identified by the participants. The course will take place primarily out in the fields and woods of the expansive land of North Branch, but will also be offset by short lectures to learn the distinguishing morphology of the wasps we encounter. 

$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…

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!

Art Gallery Reception – Patty Meriam: The Longest Branch

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Please join us at North Branch Nature Center for an evening celebrating Patty Meriam's artwork. Tour the gallery, meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments.

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…

The Shores of the Winooski – A Northern Forest Atlas Day Course

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

A one-day course in low-water and floodplain grasses, sedges, and woodies along the lower Winooski River. Vermont has about forty species of late-blooming sedges (mostly), rushes (a few) and grasses (even fewer) that are best sought on river and lake shores in late summer and fall. They are a distinctive and fascinating flora; the lower Winooski is one of the best places to find them and learn them. A Northern Forest Atlas day course hosted by NBNC's Biodiversity University.

$110

Mushroom ID and Ecology – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

In this course, participants will explore the diversity and ecological importance of the kingdom of fungi. Over this two-day course, participants will learn the fundamentals of mushroom identification through a combination of classroom and field experience. Topics include fungi ecology, taxonomy, field identification, morphology, edibility, toxicity, fungi as medicine, bioremediation, utilitarian function, as well as ‘best’ harvesting practices.

$285