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February 2022

Wildlife Tracking Wednesdays

February 23 @ 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, repeating until February 23, 2022

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

Wednesday Mornings in February 7:30 - 8:30 am | Free All experience levels welcomed Walk the property with NBNC naturalists in search of wildlife tracks and sign every Wednesday morning in February. This casual weekly outing is a great way to learn or 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 is a free program,…

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Racing the Clock with Bernd Heinrich – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series

February 23 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

An award-winning, much-loved biologist turns his gaze on himself, using his long-distance running to illuminate the changes to a human body over a lifetime. Part memoir, part scientific investigation, Racing the Clock is the book biologist and natural historian Bernd Heinrich has been waiting his entire life to write. A dedicated and accomplished marathon (and ultra-marathon) runner who won his first marathon at age thirty-nine, Heinrich looks deeply at running, aging, and the body, exploring the unresolved relationship between metabolism, diet, exercise, and age. 

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March 2022

New England’s Roadside Ecology with Tom Wessels – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series

March 2 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

New England’s Roadside Ecology guides you through 30 spectacular natural sites, all within an easy walk from the road. The sites include the forests, wetlands, alpines, dunes, and geologic ecosystems that make up New England. Author Tom Wessels is the perfect guide...

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Art Gallery Reception – North Branch Nature Center Staff Exhibit

March 3 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

You may know us as teachers, naturalists, trip leaders, newsletter writers, invasive plant removers, administrators, and more – but did you know that many of NBNC’s staff members also have an artistic side? This show explores how eight of us connect with nature through the arts, from photography and painting to woodcarving and wire sculpting. Meet flora and fauna ranging from tiny snails and lichens to enormous bison and towering trees as you tour this gallery of NBNC staff artwork and see what inspires each of us. 

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Wildlife Tracking 101

March 5 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40

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.

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ECO Homeschool Program (Ages 6-12) – Early Spring Session

March 7 @ 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$450

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 engage with the landscape through standards-based lessons led by our talented ECO education staff. Each session will include games, songs, stories, and activities designed to help students engage with our land and the organisms who share it.

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Trekkers & Explorers After-School Program (Spring 2022)

March 9 @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$510

Let your kids be kids at NBNC. Our Explorers and Trekkers programs offer kids time to explore the woods and fields, play stealth and awareness games, and learn outdoor skills with their peers.
Explorers (6-8 years old) are playful adventurers. One week your child might forage for wild edibles and cook over an open fire, while the next week might find them deep in the woods, building shelters.
Trekkers (9-13 years old) adopt an off-trail mentality, using the local landscape to push their limits while practicing outdoor living skills such as tracking and fire-starting.

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Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants by Heather Holm – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series

March 9 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific bees and beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn about the predator-prey relationships of these flower-visiting beneficial insects and how they help keep problem insect populations in balance. The life cycles, diversity, and nesting habitat of native bees will also be covered along with examples of native plants for different site conditions.

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Alpine Habitats, Climate Change, and Rosy-Finches with Carl Brown – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series

March 16 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Alpine ecosystems are rapidly changing in the face of climate change, with their avian occupants relatively understudied. From cliff nesting rosy-finches, to tundra obligate pipits and generalist sparrows, these communities face the potential for massive change in a warming environment. In this presentation, Carl Brown will discuss habitat associations that lend to climate vulnerability, potential arctic parallels, and the adventures of nest searching on alpine cliffs in the Rocky Mountains.

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Seabirds and Pelagic Birding Boat Trip in Cape Ann, MA

March 18 @ 10:00 AM - March 20 @ 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$550

Seabirds and Pelagic Birding Boat Trip in Cape Ann, MA March 18  (10 am) to March 20 (3 pm) $550 ($125 single supplement) 7 participants maximum Program will be cancelled in the event of forecasted severe weather or high winds at sea Contact us to register Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is a worldwide destination for winter birds and birders. This annual winter adventure is an outstanding opportunity to spend quality time with species rarely, if ever, seen inland. This trip is…

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Winter Birding in the Champlain Valley 2022

March 19 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40

The Champlain Valley is one of New England’s premier inland destinations for winter birdwatching. Join expert birder and NBNC Executive Director Chip Darmstadt 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. Spotting scopes will be provided.

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Amphibian Road Crossing Program – Ecology & Training Night

March 21 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Find out how you can help Vermont’s frogs and salamanders safely cross the road during their annual spring movements. Did you know that Wood Frogs freeze solid all winter long? Did you know that Eastern Red-backed Salamanders are the most common vertebrate in the whole forest? Tonight will also feature a dive into the amazing ecology and life history of these semi-aquatic critters.

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Birdability: because birding is for everybody and every body! – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series

March 23 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Birding is an activity that can bring so much joy and empowerment to everybody, but not everybody is able to go birding easily. Birdability is a brand new non-profit, based in the US but with a global reach. Through education, outreach and advocacy, Birdability works to ensure the birding community and the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible for everybody. We focus on people with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, chronic illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those who are neurodivergent, deaf or hard of hearing or who have other health concerns. In addition to current birders, we strive to introduce birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who are not yet birders so they too can experience the joys of birding. 

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Nature & Environment Book Sale

March 28 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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One event on March 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM

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

Peruse hundreds of books ranging from nature guides to environmental writing to travelogues. This book sale follows our recent launch of the Syz Family Nature Lending Library, and comprises hundreds of overstock and duplicate titles generously donated to the collection. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to grow our collection of titles by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) authors.
If you would like to donate books to the collection or to the book sale, please review the intake guidelines at our Library page and contact us.

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April 2022

April Break Camp for Ages 5-8

April 18 @ 8:30 AM - April 22 @ 3:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$65

Spring is a great time to explore the Nature Center. Children ages 5-8 are invited to join us for a week of spring nature adventures and explorations. We’ll make art using natural materials, explore the fields and forest for signs of wildlife, try our hands at wild edible cooking and give back to the land in celebration of Earth Day.

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The Impact of Trails on Wildlife (Webinar with Stowe Land Trust)

April 19 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Trail recreation is growing in popularity as more people are getting outdoors for wellness, camaraderie, and connection to the natural world. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this growth in the Stowe area and across Vermont, as more long-time residents and recent migrants have gotten out to enjoy our public and conserved lands. However, trail recreation is not ecologically neutral and leads to disturbance of forests and wildlife. What do we know about the effects trail recreation has on wildlife and how do we manage trails to minimize their disturbance? Stowe Land Trust’s Conservation Program Manager and ecologist, Meredith Naughton, will share what science can tell us and what can be done to promote access to the outdoors for everyone, along with an ecologically functional landscape. 

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ECO Homeschool Program (Ages 6-12) – Late Spring Session

April 25 @ 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$450

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 engage with the landscape through standards-based lessons led by our talented ECO education staff. Each session will include games, songs, stories, and activities designed to help students engage with our land and the organisms who share it.

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Art Gallery Reception – Art Resource Association

April 29 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Art Gallery Reception: Central Vermont Art Resource Association April 29 | 4 - 7 pm (Drop in) (Regular exhibit hours: 8:30 - 4:30 M-F through June 27) About the Gallery: Are you eager for green? Our current art show, In the Light of Spring, is bursting with spring flowers, green leaves, fawns, and other signs of spring! This is a group exhibit from the Art Resource Association (ARA), a Montpelier organization that supports visual artists of all media through exhibition…

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Tree Planting Event at NBNC

April 30 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Get involved with conservation stewardship at NBNC! We'll be planting hundreds of shrubs and trees this afternoon in partnership with Friends of the Winooski River, and we need your help!

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May 2022

Natural History of the North Woods with Jonathan Shapiro

May 1 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$60

Join Jonathan Shapiro of Fox Paw School for a day of North Woods natural history. We'll explore what the North Woods is, how to define it on a broad and specific scale, and spend field time talking about and observing indicator species for this special and diverse region we call home.

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Spring Birding at North Branch Nature Center

May 6 @ 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

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).

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

May 10 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until June 7, 2022

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

Tuesdays, April 5 - June 7 | 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.

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Cape May Spring Migration- Northeast Birdwatcher’s Paradise

May 11 @ 7:00 AM - May 15 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1750

Birding in Cape May and southern New Jersey during spring migration is legendary! With over 430 total species observed, and over 330 species seen this time of year, Cape May is home to some of the greatest avian biodiversity in the northeast. May in southern New Jersey offers an abundance of everything: migratory warblers in the shrubs and forests, birds of prey cruising overhead, and shorebirds along the beaches and backwaters.

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Spring Birding at Waterbury Reservoir

May 13 @ 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

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).

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