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.

Ask Chip about: Birding trips, broad-billed motmots, and how to make a proper owl hoot.

North Branch Nature Center

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

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