Peatlands Rich and Poor – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Instructors: Brett Engstrom & Jerry Jenkins July 20-21, 2024 | $285 Course size: 12 students Financial support available (contact us) Part of NBNC's Biodiversity University series. More Information & Registration

$285

Backpacking in the Green Mountains: a Teen Adventure Camp

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

In this camp we will embark on a 5- day backpacking adventure in the Green Mountains of Vermont. We will carry all of the gear we need for our journey, making different camps our home along the way. Our days will be spent walking ridgelines, enjoying mountain vistas, and sharing stories, songs, and laughter, all while immersed in the rhythms of the natural world.

$1200

Nature’s Rainbow Natural Paint Workshop

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Many mushrooms and lichens can be used to make paints in a spectrum of earthy reds, oranges, and browns, while plants round out the spectrum with blues and purples. Learn a few paint-making processes for both plants and fungi, then make your own artwork with the colors!

$20

Nature’s Rainbow Family Art Workshop

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Many mushrooms and lichens can be used to make paints! Learn a few paint-making processes for both plants and fungi, then make your own artwork with the colors. For ages 6 and up with a caregiver.

$20

Art Gallery Reception – Rachel Mirus

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Please join us at North Branch Nature Center for an evening celebrating Rachel Mirus' art exhibit An Artist's Collection of Curiousities. Tour the gallery, meet the artists, and enjoy some light refreshments.

ECO Institute: Nature-Based Routines for Outdoor Classrooms

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

For elementary and middle school teachers. The purpose of this ECO introductory course for elementary and middle school educators is to apply integrated academic curricula beyond the classroom, while immersing in and participating with nature as a learning partner.

$1300

Moth Lighting With The Caterpillar Lab

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

The Caterpillar Lab will guide us on an investigation of our awe-inspiring nocturnal neighbors: the huge, tiny, regal, absurd, furry, shiny, gorgeous, perplexing, audacious and outrageous moths that Vermont has to offer!

Songs and S’mores — CANCELLED

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Come join us for an evening of songs and s’mores as we gather around the campfire to share each other's company and revel in the joy of summer! This is a family friendly event and we welcome people of all ages!

Vermont Master Naturalist for Educators

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

This course for middle and high school educators is a unique collaboration between North Branch Nature Center and Vermont Master Naturalist. It is a place-based, integrated training in interpreting the local landscape and applying that training to 5th-12th grade classrooms and curricula. Each day immerses in a different ecosystem, exploring the pieces, patterns, and processes driving local ecology. We’ll practice field-based activities and classroom-based extensions aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Proficiency-Based Learning frameworks.

$1300

Tree ID & Natural History – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Learning about trees can be a powerful way to connect to your local landscape. They are big, charismatic, and always around us. Knowing who they are provides a baseline ecological understanding for the rest of our surroundings.

$285

Yurt Dedication & Juneteenth Celebration

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Please join us to dedicate “Dot’s Place” and to celebrate Juneteenth in a ceremony featuring drumming and dancing by Shidaa, and music by the New Alpha Choir. Then enjoy a community potluck/picnic – bring your picnic dinner and/or a dish to share. Beverages and dessert will be provided. 

Biodiversity Jamboree!

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Back again by popular demand, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and North Branch Nature Center present a summer nature festival for all ages!

Wildlife Tracking: Summer Tracks & Signs – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

You might associate wildlife tracking with winter snow, but paying attention to wildlife activity is a year-round practice, and one that invites us into closer connection with our wild neighbors. With a bit of instruction and attunement to subtle signs, the trained tracker finds the summer landscape rich with stories of territorial marking, feeding, denning, and more.

$285

Spring Family Nature Discovery Hike

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Come explore all the activity happening around NBNC on a Spring Discovery Hike. We'll listen to birdsong at a Sit Spot, see if we can find tadpoles or frogs in vernal pools, and look for flowers in the field as we take in all that spring has to offer.

Spring Member Night at NBNC

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Please join us for a special NBNC Member Night! This free event will be a casual, fun evening for members to get to know each other and NBNC staff and board members.

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

A casual search for spring wildflowers along the NBNC trails in celebration of Mother's Day.

History on the Land – Biodiversity University

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Discover how to “read” old forested farmscapes and agricultural architecture to trace 300 years of land use history in Vermont. Stone walls, cellar holes, old roads, and other mysteries “lost” in the woods reveal stories of the families who shaped the landscape as we see it today.

$285

Birding in the Northeast Kingdom

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

n this winter adventure through the Kingdom with NBNC Birding Ambassador Chip Darmstadt, we'll visit birding hotspots in search of charismatic yet elusive bird species found nowhere else in the state.

$65

April Break Camp 2024 (K-3rd grade)

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Spring is a great time to explore the Nature Center. Children grades K-3 are invited to join us for a week of spring nature adventures and explorations. We’ll make art using natural materials, explore the fields and forest for signs of wildlife, try our hands at wild edible cooking, and give back to the land in celebration of Earth Day.

$70

Peents n’ Peeps – Spring Sounds at NBNC

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

An evening of up close and personal listens and looks at springtime's most impressive crepuscular performances.  We'll attempt to creep up on spring peepers by following an individual peep amid the cacophonous chorus and try to pinpoint the peenting of american woodcocks before they lift off to perform their skydance.

Earth Day Tree Planting at NBNC

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Join us for a fun morning of giving back to the land to celebrate Earth Day! We will be transplanting small trees and shrubs to an area along the North Branch river in need of habitat restoration.

Birding Basics Class

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

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. Instructed by Chip Darmstadt

$175

Natural Selections: a NBNC fundraiser

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

An evening of poetry, prose, music, and photography featuring poets Scudder Parker (Safe as Lightning) and Marjorie Ryerson (The Views from Mount Hunger), short readings from essayist and field naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer, and music by D. Davis (guitar) and Ruth Einstein (violin).

Educating Children Outdoors Book Launch and Art Gallery Reception

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Join us to celebrate the release of Educating Children Outdoors: Lessons in Nature-Based Learning by former NBNC Director of Education Amy Butler! We’ll also be celebrating the opening of our spring art show, featuring work from the book by local artist and illustrator Nick Neddo.

Amphibian Road Crossing Program – Ecology & Training Night (ZOOM)

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Join North Branch Nature Center scientists to learn about our Amphibian Road Crossing program, and find out how you can help Vermont’s frogs and salamanders safely cross the road during their annual spring movements.

Needle Felting Workshop with Neysa Russo

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Needle felting is a simple technique that uses barbed needles to decorate a felt surface with design. There will be an abundance of designs to choose from that are perfect for sampling this technique and more complex projects for those who would like a challenge. Along the way, you will build your needling skills, gain design experience, and experiment with color.

$125

Seabirding Along the Atlantic Coast – Winter Birding in Cape Ann, MA

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

This annual winter adventure is an outstanding opportunity to spend quality time with species rarely, if ever, seen in Vermont. This trip is not only about discovering rare species by land and sea, but about watching, enjoying, and studying seabirds among a community of like-minded nature lovers under the leadership of a first-class guide and educator.

$550

Ben Cosgrove: Music of the Environment SOLD OUT

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

(IN-PERSON) | Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment.

Lake Champlain Waterfowl Watch

North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, Vermont

Join NBNC Birding Ambassador Chip Darmstadt on the shores of Lake Champlain in search of winter waterfowl.

$65