ECO Homeschool


ECO Homeschool Winter/Spring 2022 Sessions

Mondays, January 24 - February 14 (4 weeks) | $325
Mondays, March 7 - April 11 (6 weeks) | $450
Mondays, April 25 - June 6 (6 weeks) | $450
(no program on Memorial Day)

8:45 am - 2:30 pm
Financial aid available
Two Age Groups:  6-8 years old and 9-12 years old
In-person at NBNC | Limit of 12 students in each group


or more than a decade, our ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) program has helped thousands of public school students throughout Central Vermont immerse in nature by using the outdoors as an extension of the indoor classroom.

Inspired by ECO, our ECO Homeschool program provides a meaningful and fun learning environment based in environmental education and a mentorship framework.  We offer a full-day ECO Homeschool program with a wider age range to better meet the needs of our community.   

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. Each session will include games, songs, stories, and activities designed to help students engage with our land and the organisms who share it.

A Peer-Mentorship Model for Learning

Our goal is to help children develop a lasting relationship with the natural world and foster a sense of place and stewardship in our local Vermont landscape. Our ECO Homeschool program now has two age groups, and we believe it is important that these two groups interact to build community while practicing leadership and mentorship skills. Whether at opening and closing circles, or through group games and shared activities, older and younger students will practice learning from one another's example and curiosity under the guidance of our expert educators.

Notes From The Forest  

Each family will receive Notes From the Forest, a weekly communication filling you in on all that happened in the previous ECO homeschool session and what’s to come in the next. This may include extensions to our lessons, extra tidbits of knowledge, and fun activities to explore as a family to deepen your connection to the session content and the natural world.

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.  We will be following COVID-19 guidelines from the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Education. For more specific information, please visit

ECO Homeschool Handbook

This is a 100% outdoor program. To ensure a positive experience for everyone, proper clothing is essential. If your child is warm and dry, they will be happy and able to fully participate. If you need assistance obtaining proper gear, please reach out to us.

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

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are subject to a $20 processing fee and will be given according to the following schedule:

  • If requested two weeks or more before the first day of programming, you will receive a full refund.
  • If requested between one and two weeks before the first day of programming, you will receive a 50% refund.
  • If requested one week or less before the first day of programming, we will be unable to issue a refund.

Every year, children are unfortunately turned away from our programs due to lack of space. The more notice we have of a cancellation, the more likely we can offer that space to another interested family.

In the case of extreme weather, we may need to cancel a session.  If local area public schools have cancelled for the day, it is a good chance we will too.  We will notify you by email and by telephone.  In the case of a cancellation, we will schedule a make-up day.  If for some reason your child cannot attend a session, we cannot reimburse you for that missed day.

NBNC reserves the right to cancel a program due to COVID-19 safety considerations.

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North Branch Nature Center

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

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