After-School Programs


N BNC’s after-school programs bring children out into the forests and fields at the North Branch Nature Center, Hubbard Park, and North Branch River Park. We employ a model of experiential education where children learn by doing through activating all of their senses. Adventures might include tracking, foraging for wild edibles, cooking over an open fire, fire starting, building shelters, telling stories, playing games, or taking an expedition to the river or woods. Specific activities at each age level follow the interests of those enrolled and are developmentally appropriate.

Explorers and Trekkers After School Program (Winter/Spring 2020)

Wednesdays, March 11 through June 3, 2020 (12 weeks, excluding April 22)
3 - 5:30 pm | Cost: $425
Register Below


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.

Explorers (1st – 3rd graders) 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 (4th – 8th graders) adopt an off-trail mentality, using the local landscape to push their limits while practicing outdoor living skills such as tracking and fire-starting.

Both age groups 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 on Wednesdays after school!

Bussing from Union Elementary School and Main Street Middle School available. Inquire with us at 802-229-6206 for more details.

An awesome, amazing experience because we get to have a lot of fun!”  – Asa (Trekker)


IMPORTANT NOTE: This program uses our NEW built-in registration platform by Sawyer. This system confidentially stores your child's information to make it easier for parents to register children for future NBNC programs. When you click "More Info," then "Registration" below, the platform will ask you first to create a Sawyer account. This only takes a few seconds.

But wait, you're not done yet! Once you've created and logged into your new account, return to this page and continue with the remainder of your Explorers or Trekkers registration process.

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206

Hours: Center Open Monday-Friday 9-4
Trails Open 24/7