ECO Homeschool


F or more than a decade, our ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) program has helped thousands of public school students throughout Central Vermont immerse themselves in nature by using the outdoors as an extension of their indoor classroom.  Knowing that more students will be learning from home this school year, we are glad to announce our new ECO Homeschool program. 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 ECO Teacher-Naturalist Dave Muska. Each session will consist of games, songs, stories, and activities that are designed to help students directly engage with the land and what lives on it.  

ECO Homeschool Fall 2020 Seasons

FULL - Mondays, September 21 - October 26, 2020 (6 weeks) | 8:30 - 11:30 am
FULL - Mondays, November 2 - December 7 (6 weeks) | 8:30 - 11:30 am
Cost: $255 | Ages 1st-3rd grade ( 6 - 9 years old)
In-person at NBNC | Limit of 10 students
Scholarships available
(contact us* for details)

COVID-19 Note: All of our time will be spent outdoors, only coming inside to access the bathroom or in the event of hazardous weather.  Masks will be required when social distancing is not possible, and whenever we are inside. A health screening form will be required upon drop-off each day. Group size is limited to 10 participants.

ECO Homeschool Handbook: Before registering, please consult our NBNC ECO Homeschool Parent-Guardian Handbook for more information about policies, what to bring, and other details and expectations.

(*scholarship inquiries can be directed to [email protected])

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North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206
[email protected]

Office Open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
Trails Open 24/7