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January 2020

Naturalist Journeys: Raising Whales by Joe Roman

January 10 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

North Branch Nature Center's annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world. Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation.

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Cocktail Hour at Barr Hill

January 23 @ 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Barr Hill, 116 Gin Lane
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
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Barr Hill by caledoniaspirits.com is hosting NBNC and all our friends for a special drop-in cocktail hour -- we hope you'll join us! That night, and in fact, for the entire month of January, NBNC is the fortunate recipient of Barr Hill's tips jar. This gratuity system gives local non-profits a boost while ensuring that bar staff don’t need to rely on tips for their income. We call that a win-win! NBNC is putting every penny we raise at Barr Hill towards completing our Capital Campaign, so…

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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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Naturalist Journeys: The Birds at the End of the World – Kerstin Lange

January 24 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

North Branch Nature Center's annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world. Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation.

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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 January 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM

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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5th Annual Festival of Trees with The Montpelier Tree Board

February 9 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

The Montpelier Tree Board and friends invite you to join us to celebrate trees and our work with trees. Trees help pull carbon from the air, hold it in the earth, and help build wonderful delightful, healthy soil. Our Montpelier treescapes play a vital role in climate correction. And we need your help to help our trees! Our speaker, Cat Buxton, will explain how each of us can play a role in building healthy soil, planting edible, perennial landscapes, and strengthening our communities.  

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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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ECO Forest Festival at Moretown Elementary School

February 15 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Moretown Elementary School (MES) is raising funds to ensure that the ECO program will continue at MES next school year and beyond. In conjunction with these fundraising efforts, MES is hosting a Forest Festival to invite the community to Moretown Elementary School's outdoor ECO classrooms for an afternoon of community gathering, nature appreciation, and fun. Bring your loved ones to the forests of MES for sledding, campfires, classroom tours, nature walks, wood-fired food and hot drinks to be shared among neighbors and friends.  More love grows here, indeed!

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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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Inside-Outside: Nature-Based Educators of New England

February 20 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Inside-Outside Central Vermont Chapter Meeting: The Wild, Wise Herbalist Within-- Nurturing innate sensory learning with summer's herbs through winter's tea. Angie Barger, founder of The Tea Project, will lead us in a discussion on plants and healing herbal teas in the deep winter. Angie works with area school teachers implementing mindfulness practices through herbalism, gardening and the ritual of tea drinking. Learn how plants can benefit both our students and ourselves as teachers. 

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Naturalist Journeys: 7,000 Miles to a Wilderness Ethic by Tyler Socash

February 21 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

North Branch Nature Center's annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world. Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation.

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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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Wildlife Tracking Tuesdays

February 25 @ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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One event on February 4, 2020 at 8:30 AM

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

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

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

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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Naturalist Journeys: The Real Eastern Coyote by Chris Schadler (rescheduled to 2/28)

February 28 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

North Branch Nature Center's annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world. Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation.

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March 2020

Seabirds and Pelagic Birding Boat Trip in Cape Ann, MA

March 6 @ 10:00 AM - March 8 @ 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$425

Seabirds and Pelagic Birding Boat Trip in Cape Ann, MA March 6  (10 am) to March 8 (3 pm) $425 ($75 single supplement) 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 not only about discovering rare species by land and sea, but about watching, enjoying, and studying seabirds among a community of like-minded nature…

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Naturalist Journeys: Pre-settlement Forests of the Northeast by Charlie Cogbill

March 6 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

North Branch Nature Center's annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world. Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation.

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Intermediate Wildlife Tracking

March 7 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45

Intermediate Wildlife Tracking March 7 | 9 am - 3 pm $45 | Ages 16+ Join NBNC naturalist and wildlife tracker Dave Muska for a full day of tracking and trailing wildlife, aimed at participants already holding some basic knowledge of track and sign identification. We'll start in the classroom to review the tracks, gaits, habitats, and signs of species we might encounter on the late winter landscape. We'll then head out on the land to search for sign and explore the who,…

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LIVE Online: Amphibian Conservation with NBNC | Presented for Inside-Outside: Nature Based Educators of New England

March 26 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Inside-Outside is a network of educators and institutions that are committed to the practices of nature based education for all students. NBNC Teacher-Naturalist, Zac Cota, will reveal the science and wonder of our amazing amphibians, showcase citizen science opportunities, and highlight curriculum connections. Come prepared with your slimy and slippery salamander questions, and your best frog call imitation!

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LIVE Online: Wildlife Trail Cam Footage Party with NBNC Staff

March 27 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join NBNC's Dave Muska and Sean Beckett as we unveil a winter's worth of footage from the game cameras around the property. Mink, beaver, fox, and many great surprises await! Dave and Sean will discuss mammal ecology and behavior, and answer your questions about who is wandering in our winter woods after dark.

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LIVE Online: Amphibian Road Crossing Q & A

March 29 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join NBNC naturalists to learn more about our Amphibian Road Crossing program. Each April, amphibians migrate by the millions from upland forests to wetland breeding grounds, often crossing roadways at their peril. NBNC's ARC program trains volunteers to survey migration sites to help amphibians across the road while collecting valuable data that informs local conservation and transportation planning efforts. In this Q & A, NBNC Staff will discuss amphibian ecology, and tips for participating in this great, COVID-compatible Citizen Science program for all ages!

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April 2020

LIVE Online: The History and Ecology of the Poultney River: How a Bay Became a River

April 1 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

The lower Poultney River is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in New England. However, this landscape has changed over time-- the river that we see today is a product of dramatic geological changes that occurred 240 years ago. We bring together human history and geology to tell a remarkable story of change: how what we now know as an ecologically valuable small river was once the head of a navigable bay of Lake Champlain.

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LIVE Online (For Parents and Teachers): Sense of Place through the Sense of Taste

April 2 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

As outdoor educators, we have long known the importance of engaging the senses of our students and the role that plays in building a sense of place. However, there is one sense that is often left out of the equation: taste. Every landscape has its own cast of characters that work together to form a unique identity. This includes a unique palate of flavors. Becoming aware of the edible landscape around us adds a whole new layer to how we can interact with and perceive our environment...

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LIVE Online: Bee Biodiversity in Vermont with Spencer Hardy and Vermont Center for Ecostudies

April 3 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Vermont is home to over 300 species of wild bees, and though they are crucial members of our pollinator diversity, most are unknown or overlooked. Join Spencer Hardy, biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, in a presentation and Q & A covering the life history, ecology, and diversity of Vermont bees, including activities to promote bee conservation in your backyard.

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