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North Branch Nature Center

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713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

November 2021

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup – Fall Session

November 2 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until November 16, 2021

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free, weekly 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 – Fall Session

November 9 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until November 16, 2021

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free, weekly 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 – Fall Session

November 16 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, repeating until November 16, 2021

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

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup is a free, weekly 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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Art Gallery Reception – Susan Bull Riley

November 16 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Please join us at North Branch Nature Center for an evening celebrating Susan Bull Riley's inspirational oil and watercolor paintings. Refreshments and a warm fire will be available outside after touring the gallery and meeting the artist. Masks will be required indoors. This exhibit is a delightful mixture of moments in nature. A stroll through the gallery evokes the feeling of a summer walk through the Vermont countryside, with all that one encounters along the way. You’ll meet pitcher plants, apple trees, waxwings, and owls between sweeping views of the Worcester Range and quiet moments along a shady creek. These paintings reflect my desire to translate the intensity of my feelings for the natural world into images that speak to others.

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December 2021

Christmas Bird Count – 61st Annual Plainfield Circle

December 18 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join the nation's largest and longest-running citizen science project. The Christmas Bird Count, organized by the National Audubon Society, has been getting birdwatchers outside recording species in their backyards and towns for over a century! This project has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. NBNC organizes and compiles the Plainfield count, which encompasses a 7.5-mile radius around Plainfield, including the towns of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais, Orange, Barre, Plainfield, and Marshfield. One of the oldest circles in Vermont, this count has occurred annually since 1960! The Plainfield count occurs on Saturday, December 18.

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Winter Discovery Hike for Families

December 19 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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One event on January 15, 2022 at 10:30 AM

One event on February 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM

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

December 19,  January 15, February 19 10:30 - noon | Free! - Registration required For families with children ages 6 and up Come explore nature in a new way! Imagine yourself as an ant and take a "microscopic" hike into the leaf litter. Explore your sense of touch by "meeting a tree." Expand your sense of hearing by adopting "deer ears" in the forest. Test your hiding skills with the game of camouflage. Families will connect with one another and…

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January 2022

Nature Book Club – Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

January 7, 2022 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join us as we read Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass, and discuss an indigenous perspective on connecting to the natural world, botany, and teaching. We will meet bi-weekly through January and February, and discuss different sections of the book at each meeting. Led by NBNC Teacher-Naturalist Fiona Modrak.

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“Spooning” with Nature – Woodcarving with Ken Benton

January 8, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$50

Learn the story behind the wood as we go from log to spoon.  We’ll follow the process covering  tree identification, natural history, ethical harvest and processing from the round into billets. Moving indoors, we’ll learn to read the grain while laying out patterns and carving away all wood that isn’t spoon.  By the end of the day you’ll come away with a nearly finished spoon with a built in story to tell dinner guests while serving food. Bring your own fixed blade knife and come dressed for the weather. Led by NBNC Teacher-Naturalist Ken Benton

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Winter Discovery Hike for Families

January 15, 2022 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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One event on January 15, 2022 at 10:30 AM

One event on February 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM

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

December 19,  January 15, February 19 10:30 - noon | Free! - Registration required For families with children ages 6 and up Come explore nature in a new way! Imagine yourself as an ant and take a "microscopic" hike into the leaf litter. Explore your sense of touch by "meeting a tree." Expand your sense of hearing by adopting "deer ears" in the forest. Test your hiding skills with the game of camouflage. Families will connect with one another and…

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February 2022

Winter Discovery Hike for Families

February 19, 2022 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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One event on January 15, 2022 at 10:30 AM

One event on February 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM

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

December 19,  January 15, February 19 10:30 - noon | Free! - Registration required For families with children ages 6 and up Come explore nature in a new way! Imagine yourself as an ant and take a "microscopic" hike into the leaf litter. Explore your sense of touch by "meeting a tree." Expand your sense of hearing by adopting "deer ears" in the forest. Test your hiding skills with the game of camouflage. Families will connect with one another and…

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