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September 2019

Nature Journaling with Susan Sawyer

September 15 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$75

This three-part class takes place in the fields, woods and riverside. We’ll develop artistic and writing skills with pencil, pen, watercolor, and colored pencils. We will practice techniques and creative approaches including haiku, mapmaking, lists, and special adaptations like pocket-size nature journals, quick handmade booklets, and group journals.

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Digital Nature Photography 101

September 18 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$95

New to digital photography? Eager to capture better images of the natural world? In this four-part, hands-on series, develop the foundations of a well-rounded nature photographer.

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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 20 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

A weekly, casual bird walk around the NBNC property in search of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about identification, ecology, and life history of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s expert naturalists and birders.

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Wild Edibles – Apple Edition

September 21 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

Join NBNC naturalists on a tasty exploration of re-wilded orchards to learn about the natural and cultural history of our venerable state fruit. We’ll do some wild-style apple picking, then return to the trailhead to press fresh cider and cook up our bounty. Led by NBNC naturalists and educators Sean Beckett and Ken Benton. Hosted by NBNC and Hunger Mountain Co-op.

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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 27 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

A weekly, casual bird walk around the NBNC property in search of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about identification, ecology, and life history of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s expert naturalists and birders.

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Presentation by Rachel Larimore: Guided by the “Why?” — Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classrooms

September 27 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Guided by the “Why?” — Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classrooms Presented by Rachel Larimore | Admission by donation Educators make thousands of decisions every day that influence children’s learning. It’s important to consider the overall goals of nature-based programs and whether or not our teaching and administrative practices reflect those goals. Rachel will challenge attendees to consider how well program structures, physical spaces, and teacher-child interactions align with the “Why?” of nature-based early childhood education. No…

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Workshop by Rachel Larimore: Going to the Great “Beyond”

September 28 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$150 – $200

Join Rachel Larimor for this session exploring our current practices and how we can move away from learning in or about nature, and toward more learning with nature. We’ll consider the structure of our time, the physical environment, and our teacher-child interactions. We’ll also discuss how we integrate those experiences in the beyond into the indoor classroom.

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October 2019

Gallery Reception – “Anatomy of a Pond” by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol

October 3 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Please join us for an exhibition and celebration of artist Adelaide Murphy Tyrol's exhibit, "Anatomy of a Pond," on display at North Branch Nature Center from October through December. This show will be a combination of acrylic paintings and drawings, including larger fine art paintings, and small natural history armature illustrations. Gallery Opens at 5:30 pm Artist Remarks at 6 pm Refreshments provided. About the Artist Adelaide Murphy Tyrol works out of her studios in Vermont and New York City.…

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Photography for Naturalists Workshop

October 6 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$35

Become a better photographer by tuning into nature, and learn to harness your camera by becoming a better naturalist. In this morning workshop, we’ll blend photography techniques and naturalist skills to achieve a deeper connection with nature and capture great photographs.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 7 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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Fall Wild Edible Plants & Mushrooms

October 13 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40 – $45

Join our foraging naturalists Ken Benton and Dave Muska for a day of learning to identify, sustainably harvest, and cook a variety of wild plants and mushrooms.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 14 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Youth Overnight

October 18 @ 7:00 PM - October 19 @ 7:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Stay up late with NBNC educators and naturalists as we capture, tag, and release these charismatic, pint-sized predators. We’ll keep the nets open from dusk until the wee hours of the morning, using the Nature Center as our home base for catching some shut-eye before breakfast. Owls and pizza included! A fundraiser for NBNC's Young Naturalist programs.

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Mushrooms of Central Vermont

October 19 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45 – $55

A journey through the Fungi kingdom. In this class, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of mushroom ID, toxicology & edibility, as well as the ecological significance of fungi found in Central Vermont.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 21 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 25 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on October 10, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 16, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 25, 2019 at 7:30pm

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

Demonstrations 7:30 – 9 pm on October 9, 10, 16, 24, and 25. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, NBNC naturalists and educators will discuss the highlights of recent research at NBNC and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. RSVP is required. Open to all ages.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 28 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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November 2019

Nature Illustration: Leaves, Seeds, and Twigs with Susan Sawyer

November 2 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40

Though the growing season is over, there are plenty of things that make late fall one of the best times to bring botany indoors and take a good look. Looking closely, plant structures are infinitely varied, functional, and often surprising. This class will emphasize close observation and accurate drawing.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Presentation by Elliot Burg

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

Middlesex photographer Elliot Burg shares his images and experiences documenting the sea turtle conservation work of Javier Mayo Huerta and Lucy Carmona Liborio along Mexico's Pacific Coast.

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Birding Costa Rica: Land of Resplendent Quetzales and Scarlet Macaws (2 spaces remaining!)

November 10 - November 23
$3950

a wonderful intro to tropical birding or a destination to re-visit again and again. Twice the size of Vermont, Costa Rica has over 800 species of birds, including 50 species of hummingbird alone. In addition to all the hummingbird and parrots, there are sloths, monkeys, orchids and gorgeous butterflies to enjoy.

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Black Ash Basketmaking

November 16 @ 9:00 AM - November 17 @ 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$185

Learn every step of traditional black ash basketry in this forest-to-basket class! Abenaki basketmakers Kerry and Aaron Wood will teach each step of the basketmaking process beginning with a walk through an ash stand, assessing living trees for basket quality, processing ash splints, weaving a basket, and exploring indigenous cultural values of ash trees. Participants will go home with their own foraging basket and lid.

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December 2019

Winter Owl Prowl in Addison County

December 7 @ 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$25

Owls are among our most beloved yet seldom seen birds. Of the seven owl species that we regularly encounter in Vermont, the migratory Short-eared Owl is one of the most sought after by birders. Early winter is a great time to search for Short-eared Owls when they can be found hunting over large open fields at dusk. We will travel to Addison County to view hunting Short-eared owls. Afterwards we will visit nearby spots in search of Northern Saw-whet, Eastern…

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Trekkers and Explorers Afterschool Program – Fall 2019

December 11 @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 11, 2019

North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$415

Let your kids be kids on Wednesday afternoons 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. 

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59th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count

December 14 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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One event on December 14, 2019 at 7:00am

One event on December 26, 2019 at 7:00am

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

Join the nation's largest and longest-running citizen science project. This winter bird count, organized by the National Audubon Society, has been getting birdwatchers outside recording species in their backyards and towns for 118 years! This project has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. NBNC organizes and compiles two local Christmas Bird Count circles. The Plainfield circle encompasses a 7.5-mile radius around Plainfield, including the towns of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais, Orange, Barre,…

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