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North Branch Nature Center

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713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

September 2022

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

September 27 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

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Fall Birding at North Branch Nature Center

September 30 @ 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

A casual morning of birding for all interests and experience levels facilitated by NBNC staff and guest leaders. These outings are about enjoying, learning about, and spending time with wild birds. No binoculars? No ID guide? No problem! The only requirement is an appreciation of birds (though we do have binoculars for those who would like them). All fall outings take place at NBNC.

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Travelers Circle Storytelling Night & Potluck

September 30 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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One event on September 30, 2022 at 5:30 PM

One event on October 28, 2022 at 5:30 PM

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

Join us for a casual evening of stories and a shared community meal. We encourage everyone to contribute a short story of their travels (though there is no pressure to speak), and "travel" may entail a trip to the store or a trip across the world! The experience is a bit like jamming on musical instruments: what you hear inspires what you share.

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October 2022

Nature Journaling Club

October 1 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40

October 1, 15, and 29 ($40 for all three sessions) | Explore the art and practice of nature journaling with NBNC Teacher-Naturalist Fiona Modrak. Using the practice of nature journaling, we will sharpen our observational skills, practice being curious, and learn new ways to explore nature. Using activities and prompts from John Muir Laws, we will come together in nature to share and learn from one another about different styles and approaches to nature journaling. Welcome to nature journalers new and old. No experience necessary. This club will meet three times in October. We ask that participants interested in registering attend at least two of the dates.

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

October 4 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

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Public Owl Banding Demonstration

October 7 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

NBNC is part of a national network of scientists working to better understand the migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl, a common yet elusive member of our Vermont forests. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. NBNC naturalists and educators will also discuss the highlights of recent research here and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. Open to all ages.

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

October 11 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

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Public Owl Banding Demonstration

October 13 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

NBNC is part of a national network of scientists working to better understand the migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl, a common yet elusive member of our Vermont forests. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. NBNC naturalists and educators will also discuss the highlights of recent research here and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. Open to all ages.

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Owl Banding Youth Overnight

October 14 @ 7:00 PM - October 15 @ 7:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Ages 10 - 15 | Registration required October 14  at 7 PM to 7 AM October 15 Group size limited to 12. Donations (of any amount) requested during registration or at the door to help support our owl research and youth programs. REGISTER HERE Stay up late with NBNC educators and naturalists as we capture, tag, and release these charismatic pint-sized predators. Good fall weather can yield dozens of migratory Northern Saw-whet Owls at our research station in a single…

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Nature Illustration with Susan Sawyer: Seeds, Stems, & Leaves

October 16 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45

Drawing helps us to slow down and see the life around us. At the end of the growing season, what’s here to draw are some very interesting plant shapes and structures — twined tendrils, spent and eaten leaves, pods ripe or empty. Working both inside and out, using artist’s graphite pencils, the class will work on drawing skills including gesture, line, value, and composition, observing and learning about patterns, form and function in the nature center’s diverse plant life (and whatever invertebrates we happen on). A bonus will be the addition of touches of color to a graphite drawing. Some drawing experience is helpful but not required. All materials except your sketchbook will be provided.

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

October 18 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Find out more »

Public Owl Banding Demonstration

October 19 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

NBNC is part of a national network of scientists working to better understand the migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl, a common yet elusive member of our Vermont forests. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. NBNC naturalists and educators will also discuss the highlights of recent research here and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. Open to all ages.

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LGBTQ+ Owl Banding Night

October 21 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

LGBTQ+ Owl Banding Night October 21 | 8 – 9:30 pm Registration required | Free SIGN UP HERE September is Pride Month in Vermont, but nobody told the owls! Every October NBNC biologists capture, tag, and release Northern Saw-whet Owls as part of a national network of scientists working to better understand their migration. Join them to meet these pint-sized owls and nerd out with local LGBTQ+ nature enthusiasts.  Please Note: The program will have a mixture of indoor and…

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Public Owl Banding Demonstration

October 24 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

NBNC is part of a national network of scientists working to better understand the migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl, a common yet elusive member of our Vermont forests. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. NBNC naturalists and educators will also discuss the highlights of recent research here and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. Open to all ages.

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

October 25 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Find out more »

Travelers Circle Storytelling Night & Potluck

October 28 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on September 30, 2022 at 5:30 PM

One event on October 28, 2022 at 5:30 PM

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

Join us for a casual evening of stories and a shared community meal. We encourage everyone to contribute a short story of their travels (though there is no pressure to speak), and "travel" may entail a trip to the store or a trip across the world! The experience is a bit like jamming on musical instruments: what you hear inspires what you share.

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Nature Illustration with Susan Sawyer: Tree Characters

October 30 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45

As winter comes nearer and leaves fall, we get to see the bones of things — in the case of trees, trunks, branches, and twigs According to their species and their circumstances, trees grow variously with each other, with the hills and along the river; we meet them at different life stages and observe their habits and adaptations. This will be a day of drawing to learn, in and near the woods, observing individual trees and their parts, up close and at a distance. We’ll be using artist’s graphite pencils and drawing pens. Some drawing experience is helpful but not required. All materials except your sketchbook will be provided.

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ECO Homeschool (Aged 6 – 12) Late Fall Session

October 31 @ 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$450

Inspired by ECO, our full-day ECO Homeschool program provides a meaningful and fun learning environment based in environmental education and a mentorship model.

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. ECO Homeschool Sessions will consist of age appropriate games, songs, stories, and activities that are designed to help students directly engage with the natural world and the organisms that we share this land with.

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November 2022

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

November 1 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

November 8 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Find out more »

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

November 15 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

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Montpelier PLACE – Montpelier Underfoot

November 18 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 AM, repeating until November 19, 2022

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

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.

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Montpelier PLACE – Montpelier Underfoot

November 19 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 AM, repeating until November 19, 2022

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

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.

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

November 22 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

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Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

November 29 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

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December 2022

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

December 6 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Find out more »

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

December 13 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

Find out more »

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup

December 20 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until December 20, 2022

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free activity for families to gather, learn, and play in nature. Guided by the idea that children need to spend ample time outdoors, we offer a community experience in the world of nature and will model ways the natural environment can be used as a tool for learning and play.

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