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713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

April 2019

Birding Basics Class

April 27 @ 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Become a better birder! In this class, you’ll develop a breadth of knowledge and skills to better appreciate Vermont’s common and not-so-common birdlife. Identify species from sight and sound by scrutinizing field marks and decoding birdsong. Understand avian ecology and interpret behavior by exploring a wide range of habitats and natural communities. Participate in Vermont bird conservation by immersing in local avian research programs. Whether you are a backyard birdwatcher ready to expand your knowledge, or a passionate naturalist seeking…

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“Young Adventurer’s Guide” Book Launch and Party

April 27 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
FREE

Join us for a wilderness outdoor activity fair, book reading, and presentation to celebrate the launch of "The Young Adventurer's Guide to (Almost) Everything: Build a Fort, Camp Like a Champ, Poop in the Woods - 45 Action-Packed Outdoor Activities" with author Ben Hewitt, contributor Penny Hewitt, and illustrator Luke Bushee!

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May 2019

Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks

May 3 @ 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00am on Monday, repeating until May 31, 2019

North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Weekly trips to birding hot spots around Montpelier searching for spring migrants like warblers, vireos, thrushes, and waterfowl. Led by NBNC's expert birders. Free for members. $10 non-members. See below for meeting locations: 5/3 - North Branch Nature Center 5/10 - TBD 5/17 - Berlin Pond (Meeting at public access point, Brookfield Road, Berlin VT) 5/24 - TBD 5/31 - North Branch Nature Center  

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World Series of Birding (For Youth and Teens)

May 9 @ 9:00 AM - May 12 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$350

From midnight to midnight on Saturday, May 11th, competing birders will swarm southern New Jersey seeking as many bird species as possible in 24 hours. The World Series of Birding is the country's largest and most prestigious birding competition, and this year marks the 20th year that North Branch Nature Center's youth teams have been competing! Cape May County is an internationally-recognized birding hotspot that boasts a staggering array of birdlife and habitat diversity. Our youth team will head down to Cape…

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Spring Wild Edible Workshop

May 19 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

A veritable smorgasbord of edible plants are springing up across our fields and forests this time of year. Learn to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of plants and how to eat your way through some non-native species. We will cover tips and tricks to incorporate wild foods into your regular diet and some ways to extend the harvest. Led by NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and forager Ken Benton. Fee: $30 members, $35 non-members. REGISTER HERE

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June 2019

Birding in Michigan and Ohio: Kirtland’s Warbler and So Much More!

June 2 - June 8
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1,925

Prairie potholes, boreal bogs, enigmatic endangered warblers, birding in Michigan and Ohio has surprises around every corner. Our trip will take us to a wide variety of habitats including open prairies (Sharp-tailed Grouse, Western Meadowlark, LeConte’s Sparrow, Dickcissel), boreal forests (Spruce Grouse, Canada Jay, Connecticut Warbler), pine-oak woodlands (Kirtland’s Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Acadian Flycatcher, Red-headed Woodpecker), and unique wetlands (Yellow Rail, Black-necked Stilt, American White Pelican, Whooping Crane). A truly exciting week of Midwest birding! Trip Details Dates: June 2…

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BugFest!

June 30 @ 12:00 PM - 11:59 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

This summer festival for all ages is a celebration of insects in all their amazing forms! Witness weird and wacky caterpillars, build homes for native bees, learn about pollinators and pollinator gardening, join bug walks with expert naturalists, chase fireflies in the moonlight, and enjoy a wide range of activities just for kids! Check back this spring for the full schedule.

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July 2019

Art Gallery Reception – Botanical Art by Susan Sawyer

July 11 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join us for an exhibition and celebration of artist and naturalist Susan Sawyer's wonderful botanical artwork, on display at North Branch Nature Center from July through September. 

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Wild Adirondacks Trip (For Youth and Teens)

July 12 @ 4:00 PM - July 14 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$225

Travel into the heart of the Adirondack mountains to visit ancient boreal forests, canoe the Racquette River, and explore the alpine summit of Whiteface Mountain.

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August 2019

Montpelier Habitat Diversity Workshop with Aaron Marcus & Native Plant Trust

August 11 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$28

a hands-on opportunity to examine the biological diversity of these varied habitats. From meadows to wetlands to forests, learn how habitat diversity creates and contributes to an overarching ecosystem. Course instructed by Vermont ecologist and endangered plant specialist Aaron Marcus. This course is hosted in partnership with Native Plant Trust (Formerly the New England Wildflower Society).

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Shorebirding Quest to Plum Island, MA

August 24 @ 7:00 AM - August 25 @ 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$325

A weekend with NBNC’s expert birders and naturalists enjoying sandpipers, plovers, and godwits galore at the renowned Plum Island, Massachusetts-- the perfect place to learn or perfect your shorebirding!

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September 2019

Northeast Kingdom Nature Retreat (For Youth and Teens)

September 13 @ 5:00 PM - September 15 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$175

Journey with youth and teen naturalists and NBNC’s expert teacher / naturalists to the wildest corner of Vermont for a weekend-long nature retreat full of rare birds, bog plants, dragonflies, brook trout, and whatever else Mother Nature has in store for us. 

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Digital Nature Photography 101

September 18 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$95

New to digital photography? Eager to capture better images of the natural world? In this four-part, hands-on series, develop the foundations of a well-rounded nature photographer.

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Wild Edibles – Apple Edition

September 21 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

Join NBNC naturalists on a tasty exploration of re-wilded orchards to learn about the natural and cultural history of our venerable state fruit. We’ll do some wild-style apple picking, then return to the trailhead to press fresh cider and cook up our bounty. Led by NBNC naturalists and educators Sean Beckett and Ken Benton.

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Composting: the next level

September 28 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Already composting but want to take it up a notch? This workshop will explore how to hot-compost, vermicomposting, bokashi composting, and strategies for composting throughout the winter. Led by Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District’s Cassandra Hemenway, a Vermont Master Composter graduate, and long-time composting educator. No registration required. See you there!

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October 2019

Photography for Naturalists Workshop

October 6 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$35

Become a better photographer by tuning into nature, and learn to harness your camera by becoming a better naturalist. In this morning workshop, we’ll blend photography techniques and naturalist skills to achieve a deeper connection with nature and capture great photographs.

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Fall Wild Edible Plants & Mushrooms

October 13 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40 – $45

Join our foraging naturalists Ken Benton and Dave Muska for a day of learning to identify, sustainably harvest, and cook a variety of wild plants and mushrooms.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Youth Overnight

October 18 @ 7:00 PM - October 19 @ 7:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Stay up late with NBNC educators and naturalists as we capture, tag, and release these charismatic, pint-sized predators. We’ll keep the nets open from dusk until the wee hours of the morning, using the Nature Center as our home base for catching some shut-eye before breakfast. Owls and pizza included! A fundraiser for NBNC's Young Naturalist programs.

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