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"I wish I could store this week in a bottle and take it out this winter to drink in the richness of this experience!”
- ECO Institute Participant, 2018

— The Wetherell Family

Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement

M ontpelier PLACE is a series of community events celebrating the sites and stories in Montpelier’s unique heritage and ecology. Join us this fall on a citywide exploration to discover what makes our Capital City so special!

Montpelier PLACE is presented in collaboration with the Montpelier Conservation Commission, the Montpelier Parks Commission, and North Branch Nature Center. The program is supported by Hunger Mountain Co-op, theVermont Community Foundation, and the Ben & Jerry's Foundation. The PLACE Program is an initiative of the University of Vermont and Shelburne Farms.

Upcoming Events

Join us this fall to explore Montpelier at these upcoming gatherings


Ecology of North Branch River Park

9/17 | noon - 2 pm

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 will involve light hiking for less than one mile. Meet at the Recreation Field parking area on Poolside Drive. More Info


Queen Bee Day Brunch at Barr Hill

9/25 11 am - 2 pm

In collaboration with Caledonia Spirits’ Bee's Knees Week, come sip on some cocktails and enjoy local honey-infused donuts with pollinator ecologist Jason Mazurowski who will share his expertise on the nearly 400 native bees species found in Vermont. This event will also feature live music by Joanne Garton on fiddle and Brendan Taaffe on guitar, fiddle, and voice. More Info


Harvest Meal at the FEAST Farm

10/5 4 - 6:30 pm

This celebratory meal will include a tour of the city’s FEAST Farm, a farm-to-table meal from the grill, a thank you to the FEAST Farm volunteers, and a forward looking planning discussion aimed at increasing local food access and sourcing for our community. All are welcome! More Info


History on the Land: Hubbard Park

10/22 9 - 11am

Peel back the layers of Hubbard Park with landscape historian Samantha Ford. Discover Montpelier's history and the origin of the conservation movement using hidden clues in the form of stone walls, witness trees, barbed wire, and more. More Info


Ecology of Hubbard Park

10/29 10 am -1 pm

Join field naturalist Erica Hample for a guided group exploration of the most special places in Hubbard Park. Erica’s work creating a new ecological assessment of the park has uncovered a complicated land use history, a strong conservation ethic, and exciting geological formations. Come learn about ecological resilience and the future of this forest! More Info

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Montpelier’s Built Environment

11/9 - 6:30 - 8 pm @ Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Discover the history of downtown Montpelier with Paul Carnahan, author of Montpelier: Images of Vermont’s Capital City. We will examine how the city’s buildings and bridges have responded to the natural environment and defined our community.

Participants are welcome to download and complete a “History Hunt” two weeks before the program. More Info


Montpelier Underfoot

11/18 7 - 8:30 pm (presentation) @ North Branch Nature Center
11/19 9 am - noon (field walk)
@ Gateway Park (Rt 2 near Green Mount Cemetery)

Discover how Montpelier’s local geologic and geographic setting has shaped the city’s modern infrastructure, architecture and personality. Led by Sean Beckett of North Branch Nature Center. This two part event includes a Friday evening presentation followed by a field outing on Saturday morning. Attendance of one day of the event is not mandatory for participation in the other. Field outing will include less than ½ mile of walking on mostly flat, wide trails. More Info


River Art Walk

12/2 4 - 8 pm

Participate in an art contest celebrating Montpelier’s rivers culminating in an art exhibit featured in Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk. The contest winners will be announced at the exhibit followed by an open-mic river-themed story-telling event. More Info

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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