The NBNC Team

What Chip loves most about nature is sharing it with other people. When Chip is not on the phone or in a meeting, he's eagerly exploring everything from sedges to sandpipers. He received his masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he studied people's attitudes towards snakes. A father of three boys, Chip and his wife Alisa live in Middlesex. Chip is a 24-hour naturalist: By day, he can be focused on birds or botany. And at night he's a skilled stargazer. Chip's latest obsessions include butterflies and lichens.

Chip Darmstadt

Birding Ambassador
Emeritus Executive Director
Contact Chip
(802) 229-6206 ext. 110

NBNC's Birding Ambassador since 2022, Chip is a 24-hour naturalist. By day he's often focused on birds or botany, and by night he's a skilled stargazer.  Leading curious nature lovers on birding trips is one of Chip's greatest passions, whether it's right here at NBNC or in a cloud forest in Costa Rica.  Chip was NBNC's founding executive director, and led the organization from 1996 - 2022.  Proud parents of three adult children and grandparents of two young kids, Chip and his wife Alisa recently moved to Burlington where they enjoy walking everywhere.

North Branch Nature Center

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

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