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July 2022

(Cancelled) The Overstory: A Book Discussion Group with Kellogg-Hubbard Library

July 21 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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One event on July 21, 2022 at 6:30 PM

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

Join us for this special book discussion group for The Overstory by Richard Powers. Discussion will be co-facilitated by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and North Branch Nature Center. All are welcome and this event is free of charge. Please come dressed for comfort as we gather in the outdoor tent space at NBNC rain or shine. Multiple copies of The Overstory are available for patrons at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at the main circulation desk. Ask for the KHL Book Group. For more information, contact: Michelle Singer at [email protected]

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Art Gallery Reception: Amy Hook-Therrien

July 22 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Please join us at North Branch Nature Center for an evening celebrating Amy Hook-Therrien’s watercolor paintings. Tour the gallery, meet the artist, and enjoy some refreshments on the porch. A portion of artwork sales will support NBNC in our mission of Connecting People with the Natural World.

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Ferns – Biodiversity University

July 23 @ 9:00 AM - July 24 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$265

Ferns are our constant companions in the North Woods, yet many naturalists never get to know them due to their cryptic characteristics. In this course, we'll become familiar with ferns and their allies through an exploration of their natural history, evolution, and identification.

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Summer Saturday River Walks (Family Friendly!)

July 23 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until July 30, 2022

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

Cool off this summer by exploring the water with NBNC naturalist educators on Saturday mornings in July. We’ll travel up and down the shallow reaches of the North Branch River in search of aquatic critters like fish, mussels, insects, beavers, and maybe even otters and mink. We’ll use nets, jars, traps, and even snorkels to learn why the North Branch supports so much life, and what we can do to better care for our waterways and watersheds. A casual nature walk at the river! (Led by Ken Benton, NBNC Director of Education)

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Vermont Biodiversity Educators Institute

July 25 @ 9:00 AM - July 29 @ 4:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1300

This week-long investigation of Vermont biodiversity is designed for 7-12th grade teachers and educators looking to incorporate nature-based concepts and activities across their curricula. Each day is spent immersed in a different ecosystem, exploring the species, systems, 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.

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Glacial Geology of Vermont – Biodiversity University

July 30 @ 9:00 AM - July 31 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$265

This class uses multiple field sites to demonstrate how we understand key aspects of northern Vermont’s glacial geologic history. In particular, we will observe a variety of landforms and sediments created by glaciers and focus on the different geologic processes that were active when the landforms and sediments formed. We will then use our understanding of how these landforms and sediments formed to interpret the changing environments existing in northern Vermont during the last 25,000 years.

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Summer Saturday River Walks (Family Friendly!)

July 30 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until July 30, 2022

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

Cool off this summer by exploring the water with NBNC naturalist educators on Saturday mornings in July. We’ll travel up and down the shallow reaches of the North Branch River in search of aquatic critters like fish, mussels, insects, beavers, and maybe even otters and mink. We’ll use nets, jars, traps, and even snorkels to learn why the North Branch supports so much life, and what we can do to better care for our waterways and watersheds. A casual nature walk at the river! (Led by Ken Benton, NBNC Director of Education)

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August 2022

Mushrooms – Biodiversity University

August 6 @ 9:00 AM - August 7 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$265

Mushrooms have fascinated and mystified humankind for ages. From ancient origin stories and shamanic practice to modern systematic analysis, fungi intrigue us culturally, medicinally, and scientifically. 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.

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ECO Institute: Nature-Based Routines for Outdoor Classrooms

August 8 @ 9:00 AM - August 12 @ 4:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1300

Instructors: Ken Benton & Susan Koch August 8 - 12 $1300 ($1675 with 3 graduate credits) Class Size: 12-20 students For PreK to 6th grade educators This introductory ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) Institute course acquaints participants with the routines and protocols that structure a successful outdoor learning and play experience. Participants will: Develop a knowledge base and skill set to incorporate nature immersion practices into your program in a way that meets the needs of your students. Learn how to conduct site assessments and…

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Late Season Grasses – Biodiversity University

August 20 @ 9:00 AM - August 21 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$265

The grasses are our most diverse plant family in settled areas, and our second most diverse, after sedges, in forests, glades, and wetlands. They are interesting and rewarding: graceful, intricate, ecologically sensitive. If you don’t know them, you are missing a lot. If you are meeting them for the first time, you are in for a treat.

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Travelers Circle Storytelling Night & Potluck

August 26 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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One event on September 30, 2022 at 5:30 PM

One event on October 28, 2022 at 5:30 PM

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

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.

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The Craft of Timber Framing

August 29 @ 9:00 AM - September 3 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1095

This course will teach participants how to craft and use pegged mortise and tenon joinery to build timber frame structures. We will focus on traditional hand-cut joinery and the art of the square rule system. The course is led by master artisans Seth Kelley and Skip Dewhirst, who have been teaching timber framing together for over 20 years.

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September 2022

Fall Birding at North Branch Nature Center

September 2 @ 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 AM on Friday, repeating until September 30, 2022

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). All fall outings take place at NBNC.

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Fall Birding at North Branch Nature Center

September 9 @ 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 AM on Friday, repeating until September 30, 2022

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). All fall outings take place at NBNC.

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Book Signing: My Big Year: A Search for Birds and Peace of Mind by Fred Pratt

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

A book signing of Fred Pratt's book: My Big Year: A Search for Birds and Peace of Mind to follow the Friday AM Birding program

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Family Discovery Night Hike

September 9 @ 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
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One event on September 16, 2022 at 7:15 PM

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

Explore nature after dark! Learn about how our eyes work in the darkness and what happens to color once the sun goes down. Enhance your hearing with 'deer ears,' use your skills to play night-time games, and get to know your nocturnal neighbors in the natural world. This is a casual family outing covering up to 0.6 miles along the flat, grassy paths at the Nature Center. Flashlights recommended. Facilitated by NBNC Teacher-Naturalist Fiona Modrak.

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Forest Bathing with Nature Connection Guide Duncan Murdoch

September 10 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$35

Experience nature with the art and practice of Forest Bathing.  Give yourself this time to unplug, slow down and (re)connect as we begin to transition from summer to autumn in Vermont. Follow your certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Duncan Murdoch through a series of sensory connection invitations designed to facilitate your immersion that includes time in solitude and in group.  A locally foraged tea will be served to complete your experience.

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ECO Homeschool (Ages 6-12) Early Fall Session

September 12 @ 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 learn by doing, using all five senses to engage with the landscape through standards-based lessons led by our talented ECO Education staff. ECO Homeschool Sessions will consist of age appropriate games, songs, stories, and activities that are designed to help students directly engage with the natural world and the organisms that we share this land with.

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Shorebirding and Fall Migration at Plum Island with Chip Darmstadt

September 13 @ 8:00 AM - September 15 @ 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$725

Plum Island and the 4,662 acre Parker River National Wildlife Refuge near Newburyport, MA offers amazing birding almost any time of year. With a list of 365 species documented on the refuge, Parker River NWR is one of the 10 "birdiest" hotspots in the United States! In mid-September migrating warblers, thousands of Tree Swallows and a wealth of shorebirds and waterfowl fuel up at the refuge. Our trip is timed to observe an exciting range of the diversity Parker River NWR has to offer.

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Trekkers & Explorers Afterschool Program (Fall 2022)

September 13 @ 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. Both age groups (6-8 and 9-13) focus on learning by doing, using all five senses. Thoughtful and loosely directed play in the woods helps kids develop a sense of place while unwinding with a peer group. Through cooperative games, exploration of various habitats, and team-building challenge projects, Trekkers and Explorers build a communal love for the outdoors, making NBNC the place to be after school!

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Fall Birding with Bridget Butler at North Branch Nature Center

September 16 @ 7:30 AM - 9:30 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). All fall outings take place at NBNC.

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Family Discovery Night Hike

September 16 @ 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
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One event on September 16, 2022 at 7:15 PM

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

Explore nature after dark! Learn about how our eyes work in the darkness and what happens to color once the sun goes down. Enhance your hearing with 'deer ears,' use your skills to play night-time games, and get to know your nocturnal neighbors in the natural world. This is a casual family outing covering up to 0.6 miles along the flat, grassy paths at the Nature Center. Flashlights recommended. Facilitated by NBNC Teacher-Naturalist Fiona Modrak.

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Montpelier PLACE – Ecology of North Branch River Park

September 17 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
North Branch River Park, Poolside Drive
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States

Join field naturalist Erica Hample  to learn about the ecology that makes our local park special. Erica has been engaged in a new ecological assessment of the park, uncovering a fascinating story of seeps, trees, and insects. This event is part of the Montpelier PLACE program, a series of community events celebrating the sites and stories in Montpelier’s unique heritage and ecology.

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Fall Birding at North Branch Nature Center

September 23 @ 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 AM on Friday, repeating until September 30, 2022

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). All fall outings take place at NBNC.

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