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713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

September 2018

Friday Morning Fall Migration Bird Walks (Sept 7 – Oct 5)

September 7, 2018 @ 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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Weekly: September 7, 14, 21, 28, and October 5
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
10$

Weekly walks with NBNC naturalists to search for migratory fall birds at the nature center.
Free for NBNC Members!

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Trekkers and Explorers Afterschool Program

September 19, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 12, 2018

North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
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Let your kids be kids on Wednesday afternoons at NBNC. Explorers and Trekkers offer kids time to explore the woods, play stealth and awareness games, and learn outdoor skills with their peers.

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Digital Nature Photography 101

September 27, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Meets three evenings and one weekend morning
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
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85$ – 105$

Develop the foundations of a well-rounded nature photographer. Perfect course for those curious about f-stops, shutter speeds, and the mysterious buttons on your new camera.

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October 2018

Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 10, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Five nights: October 10.11,12,16, and 20
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
By Donation

Watch NBNC biologists capture and study these migratory raptors. Get up close and personal with these pint-sized predators found in your own backyard.

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May 2019

World Series of Birding (For Youth and Teens)

May 9, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - May 12, 2019 @ 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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Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks (5/10 walk CANCELLED!)

May 10, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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 - Hubbard Park (Park at the "New Shelter." This is the shelter farther from the Winter Street entrance.) CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN/THUNDERSTORMS 5/17 - Berlin Pond (Meeting at public access point, Brookfield Road, Berlin VT) 5/24 - Sodom Pond (Park…

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Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks

May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 AM
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 - Hubbard Park (Park at the "New Shelter." This is the shelter farther from the Winter Street entrance.) 5/17 - Berlin Pond (Meeting at public access point, Brookfield Road, Berlin VT) 5/24 - Sodom Pond (Park along Quarry Road next…

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Spring Wild Edible Workshop

May 19, 2019 @ 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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Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks

May 24, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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 - Hubbard Park (Park at the "New Shelter." This is the shelter farther from the Winter Street entrance.) 5/17 - Berlin Pond (Meeting at public access point, Brookfield Road, Berlin VT) 5/24 - Sodom Pond (Park along Quarry Road next…

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Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks

May 31, 2019 @ 7:00 AM
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 - Hubbard Park (Park at the "New Shelter." This is the shelter farther from the Winter Street entrance.) 5/17 - Berlin Pond (Meeting at public access point, Brookfield Road, Berlin VT) 5/24 - Sodom Pond (Park along Quarry Road next…

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June 2019

BugFest!

June 30, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

UPDATE 11:30 AM , 6/30: Unfortunately, Charlie Nardozzi's Pollinator Gardening program has been cancelled due to family emergency. INSTEAD, Join Sam Jaffe from The Caterpillar Lab for a presentation all about the caterpillars found in your gardens! 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,…

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July 2019

Art Gallery Reception – Botanical Art by Susan Sawyer

July 11, 2019 @ 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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Slime Mold Field Walk

July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
By Donation

The slime molds are fruiting!  These tiny predators hunt like amoebas, fruit like mushrooms, and come in a wide array of (astonishingly tiny) shapes and vibrant colors. Join Shelby Perry on a field exploration to learn the basic life cycle of slime molds, find and identify a handful of common local species, and learn a bunch of neat new vocabulary words like plasmodium, columella, aethalium, and plasmodiocarp.  It will be less slimy --and more fun-- than you think! 

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August 2019

Montpelier Habitat Diversity Workshop with Aaron Marcus & Native Plant Trust

August 11, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - August 25, 2019 @ 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

Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 6, 2019 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

A weekly, casual bird walk around the NBNC property in search of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about identification, ecology, and life history of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s expert naturalists and birders.

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BirdFest!

September 7, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
By Donation

A summer nature festival for all ages featuring all of our feathered friends! Live birds of prey, kids and families activity tent, bird walks, workshops, presentations, and much more!

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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 13, 2019 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

A weekly, casual bird walk around the NBNC property in search of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about identification, ecology, and life history of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s expert naturalists and birders.

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Northeast Kingdom Nature Retreat (For Youth and Teens)

September 13, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - September 15, 2019 @ 1:00 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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Nature Journaling with Susan Sawyer

September 15, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$75

This three-part class takes place in the fields, woods and riverside. We’ll develop artistic and writing skills with pencil, pen, watercolor, and colored pencils. We will practice techniques and creative approaches including haiku, mapmaking, lists, and special adaptations like pocket-size nature journals, quick handmade booklets, and group journals.

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Trekkers and Explorers Afterschool Program – Fall 2019

September 18, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 11, 2019

North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$415

Let your kids be kids on Wednesday afternoons at NBNC. Our Explorers and Trekkers programs offer kids time to explore the woods and fields, play stealth and awareness games, and learn outdoor skills with their peers. 

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Digital Nature Photography 101

September 18, 2019 @ 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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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 20, 2019 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

A weekly, casual bird walk around the NBNC property in search of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about identification, ecology, and life history of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s expert naturalists and birders.

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Wild Edibles – Apple Edition

September 21, 2019 @ 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. Hosted by NBNC and Hunger Mountain Co-op.

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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 27, 2019 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

A weekly, casual bird walk around the NBNC property in search of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about identification, ecology, and life history of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s expert naturalists and birders.

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Presentation by Rachel Larimore: Guided by the “Why?” — Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classrooms

September 27, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Guided by the “Why?” — Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classrooms Presented by Rachel Larimore | Admission by donation Educators make thousands of decisions every day that influence children’s learning. It’s important to consider the overall goals of nature-based programs and whether or not our teaching and administrative practices reflect those goals. Rachel will challenge attendees to consider how well program structures, physical spaces, and teacher-child interactions align with the “Why?” of nature-based early childhood education. No…

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Workshop by Rachel Larimore: Going to the Great “Beyond”

September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$150 – $200

Join Rachel Larimor for this session exploring our current practices and how we can move away from learning in or about nature, and toward more learning with nature. We’ll consider the structure of our time, the physical environment, and our teacher-child interactions. We’ll also discuss how we integrate those experiences in the beyond into the indoor classroom.

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October 2019

Gallery Reception – “Anatomy of a Pond” by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol

October 3, 2019 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Please join us for an exhibition and celebration of artist Adelaide Murphy Tyrol's exhibit, "Anatomy of a Pond," on display at North Branch Nature Center from October through December. This show will be a combination of acrylic paintings and drawings, including larger fine art paintings, and small natural history armature illustrations. Gallery Opens at 5:30 pm Artist Remarks at 6 pm Refreshments provided. About the Artist Adelaide Murphy Tyrol works out of her studios in Vermont and New York City.…

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Photography for Naturalists Workshop

October 6, 2019 @ 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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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 7, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 9, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on October 10, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 16, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on October 25, 2019 at 7:30pm

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

Demonstrations 7:30 – 9 pm on October 9, 10, 16, 24, and 25. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, NBNC naturalists and educators will discuss the highlights of recent research at NBNC and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. RSVP is required. Open to all ages.

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Fall Wild Edible Plants & Mushrooms

October 13, 2019 @ 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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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 14, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Youth Overnight

October 18, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - October 19, 2019 @ 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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Mushrooms of Central Vermont

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$45 – $55

A journey through the Fungi kingdom. In this class, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of mushroom ID, toxicology & edibility, as well as the ecological significance of fungi found in Central Vermont.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 21, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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“Mushroom Mondays” with Dave Muska

October 28, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$10

Join NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and expert mycologist Dave Muska on a casual foray around the property in search of all things fungi and mushrooms. Learn about fungi identification, ecology, symbioses, edibility, and life history in these relaxed, afternoon field walks. Free for NBNC members, $10 for non-members, paid at the door.

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November 2019

Nature Illustration: Leaves, Seeds, and Twigs with Susan Sawyer

November 2, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40

Though the growing season is over, there are plenty of things that make late fall one of the best times to bring botany indoors and take a good look. Looking closely, plant structures are infinitely varied, functional, and often surprising. This class will emphasize close observation and accurate drawing.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Presentation by Elliot Burg

November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
Free

Middlesex photographer Elliot Burg shares his images and experiences documenting the sea turtle conservation work of Javier Mayo Huerta and Lucy Carmona Liborio along Mexico's Pacific Coast.

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Black Ash Basketmaking

November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - November 17, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$185

Learn every step of traditional black ash basketry in this forest-to-basket class! Abenaki basketmakers Kerry and Aaron Wood will teach each step of the basketmaking process beginning with a walk through an ash stand, assessing living trees for basket quality, processing ash splints, weaving a basket, and exploring indigenous cultural values of ash trees. Participants will go home with their own foraging basket and lid.

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December 2019

Winter Owl Prowl in Addison County

December 7, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$25

Owls are among our most beloved yet seldom seen birds. Of the seven owl species that we regularly encounter in Vermont, the migratory Short-eared Owl is one of the most sought after by birders. Early winter is a great time to search for Short-eared Owls when they can be found hunting over large open fields at dusk. We will travel to Addison County to view hunting Short-eared owls. Afterwards we will visit nearby spots in search of Northern Saw-whet, Eastern…

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59th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count

December 14, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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One event on December 14, 2019 at 7:00am

One event on December 26, 2019 at 7:00am

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

Join the nation's largest and longest-running citizen science project. This winter bird count, organized by the National Audubon Society, has been getting birdwatchers outside recording species in their backyards and towns for 118 years! This project has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. NBNC organizes and compiles two local Christmas Bird Count circles. The Plainfield circle encompasses a 7.5-mile radius around Plainfield, including the towns of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais, Orange, Barre,…

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Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: Book Launch and Presentation

December 18, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
Free

This new second edition, co-authored by Elizabeth Thompson of the Vermont Land Trust, and Eric Sorenson and Robert Zaino of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, incorporates recent scientific research about the state’s natural communities and includes descriptions of newly recognized natural community types. To celebrate the publication of this new edition, the authors will present a slide show entitled “Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Tour of Vermont’s Natural Communities.”

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4th Annual Hunger Mountain Christmas Bird Count

December 26, 2019 @ 7:00 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. This winter bird count, organized by the National Audubon Society, has been getting birdwatchers outside recording species in their backyards and towns for 118 years! This project has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. NBNC organizes and compiles two local Christmas Bird Count circles. The Plainfield circle encompasses a 7.5-mile radius around Plainfield, including the towns of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais, Orange, Barre,…

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January 2020

Gallery Reception – “Within Landscapes” by Heather Kralik

January 9 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Please join us for an exhibition and celebration of artist Heather Kralik's exhibit, “Within Landscapes,” on display at North Branch Nature Center from January Through March.

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Naturalist Journeys: Raising Whales by Joe Roman

January 10 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

North Branch Nature Center's annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world. Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation.

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Full Moon Family Snowshoe

January 11 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on February 8, 2020 at 6:30pm

One event on January 11, 2020 at 6:30pm

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

Under a full moon and surrounded by sparkling snow, let’s snowshoe by lunar light! Nighttime naturalist activities for families will illuminate how wildlife survives the long winter nights while meandering the North Branch Nature Center fields and forests. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. FREE for NBNC members or $10 for non-members paid at the start of the program. ***UPDATE: The 1/11 SNOWSHOE PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER*** REGISTER HERE

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Superbowl of Birding XVII – Youth Overnight

January 24 @ 4:00 PM - January 25 @ 9:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$150

Join our NBNC youth and teen birding team on our annual migration to New England's premier winter birding compedition! In this 12-hour race to identify as many species as possible, we'll scour the coastlines of New Hampshire and Massachusetts searching for rare birds like Razorbill, King Eider, and Snowy Owl. This competition, hosted by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flatts Education Center, ranks species based on difficulty and assigns points accordingly (i.e. one point for a chickadee and five points for an…

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Naturalist Journeys: The Birds at the End of the World – Kerstin Lange

January 24 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

North Branch Nature Center's annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world. Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation.

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February 2020

Wildlife Tracking 101

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

From bobcats to hawks, all animals leave sign of their activities.  Join Dave Muska as he introduces you to the fundamentals of tracking and awareness to better understand the stories animals leave behind. In this class, you’ll be introduced to basic tracking skills and concepts such as clear print identification, track patterns, as well as techniques to develop your skill in tracking. This is a great class for photographers, hunters, or anyone who wishes to deepen their outdoor experience. To Bring:…

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Wildlife Tracking Tuesdays

February 4 @ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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One event on February 4, 2020 at 8:30am

One event on February 11, 2020 at 8:30am

One event on February 18, 2020 at 8:30am

One event on February 25, 2020 at 8:30am

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

Walk the property with NBNC naturalists in search of wildlife tracks and sign every Tuesday morning in February. This casual weekly outing is a great way to brush up on track and trail identification in a community of curious nature lovers. The NBNC property is a wildlife corridor regularly traveled by coyote, fox, deer, fisher, mink, and much more. This program is FREE for NBNC members and $10 for non-members, paid at the door. RSVP not required.

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5th Annual Festival of Trees with The Montpelier Tree Board

February 9 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

The Montpelier Tree Board and friends invite you to join us to celebrate trees and our work with trees. Trees help pull carbon from the air, hold it in the earth, and help build wonderful delightful, healthy soil. Our Montpelier treescapes play a vital role in climate correction. And we need your help to help our trees! Our speaker, Cat Buxton, will explain how each of us can play a role in building healthy soil, planting edible, perennial landscapes, and strengthening our communities.  

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Winter Willows: Nature Retreat for Girls

February 14 @ 3:00 PM - February 16 @ 3:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$175

A youth naturalist retreat just for 4th-8th grade girls! Join us in exploring the wintery world of the Northeast Kingdom’s Nulhegan Basin. Animal tracking, herbal dream pillows by the fire, snowshoeing or skiing in the woods, spruce needle biscuits on the wood stove, and star gazing might be on our agenda! This two-night retreat will have us exploring the snowy wonderland by day, and relaxing fireside in a warm and cozy winter cabin by night. Led by NBNC’s naturalist educators…

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ECO Forest Festival at Moretown Elementary School

February 15 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Moretown Elementary School (MES) is raising funds to ensure that the ECO program will continue at MES next school year and beyond. In conjunction with these fundraising efforts, MES is hosting a Forest Festival to invite the community to Moretown Elementary School's outdoor ECO classrooms for an afternoon of community gathering, nature appreciation, and fun. Bring your loved ones to the forests of MES for sledding, campfires, classroom tours, nature walks, wood-fired food and hot drinks to be shared among neighbors and friends.  More love grows here, indeed!

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Winter Birding in the Champlain Valley

February 16 @ 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

The Champlain Valley is one of New England’s premier inland destinations for March birdwatching. Join expert birder and NBNC Teacher Naturalist Zac Cota on a trip to explore the shores, fields, and forests of the Champlain Valley in search of eagles, waterfowl, raptors, owls, snow buntings, winter finches, and more. A full-day exploration of avian winter ecology. Shared spotting scopes provided. Departs from NBNC at 8:00 AM and Burlington at 8:45. Carpooling arrangements will be coordinated by NBNC. $30 NBNC members /…

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Inside-Outside: Nature-Based Educators of New England

February 20 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Inside-Outside Central Vermont Chapter Meeting: The Wild, Wise Herbalist Within-- Nurturing innate sensory learning with summer's herbs through winter's tea. Angie Barger, founder of The Tea Project, will lead us in a discussion on plants and healing herbal teas in the deep winter. Angie works with area school teachers implementing mindfulness practices through herbalism, gardening and the ritual of tea drinking. Learn how plants can benefit both our students and ourselves as teachers. 

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Naturalist Journeys: 7,000 Miles to a Wilderness Ethic by Tyler Socash

February 21 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

North Branch Nature Center's annual presentation series featuring the breathtaking travels and fascinating research of naturalists around the world. Fridays at 7 pm at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation.

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Winter Wild Edibles

February 22 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

For those willing to get a little frosty, there is no need to pack up your foraging baskets during the cold winter months. Bundle up and join teacher naturalist Ken Benton as we learn to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of wild foods from the surrounding landscape.  We’ll bake with spruce, fir, and pine needles and sip on a warm mug of chaga chai or refreshing birch beer as we try our hand at making ice cream from snow. Children must be accompanied by adults. Cancellation Policy:…

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