Young Naturalists


For more than a decade, NBNC has been a place for young nature lovers to find a community of peers who share a love of birds and bugs. In addition to our after-school programs and summer camps, NBNC offers exciting adventures for young naturalists in Vermont and beyond. Our naturalists have followed howler monkeys in the tropics, competed in national birding competitions, and chased rare dragonflies across floating bogs of the north country. Many alumni have gone on to become respected ornithologists, leaders in sustainable systems, and professional ecologists. If you're 8 - 18 and love the outdoors, join our young naturalists today!


2019 Upcoming Programs

Winter Willow: Nature Retreat for Girls (Feb 14-16)

Snowshoeing, tracking, stargazing, and much more, based out of a cozy cabin in the Northeast Kingdom.

Great Texas Birding Classic (April 2020)
Cancelled due to COVID-19

A week-long birding adventure during April break to one of the most amazing birdwatching destinations on the continent. During this trip we'll compete alongside other youth teams from around the country in the Great Texas Birding Classic. Contact Zac Cota for more information-- we've got a fundraising and scholarship plan to make this trip possible.

Adirondack Adventures (July 13-17, 2020)
Cancelled due to COVID-19

Exploring the threatened habitats of the Adirondack Mountains, we'll visit ancient boreal forests, search for bog-nesting birds, canoe the Racquette River, and hike to the sensitive alpine zone of the high peaks. Throughout, we'll meet professionals working to protect these areas and learn how we can advocate for change back home in Vermont.


Past Programs

Northeast Kingdom Nature Retreat (September 13-15, 2019)

Northern Saw-whet Owl Youth Overnight (October 18-19, 2019)

World Series of Birding (May 9-12, 2019)

Wild in the Adirondacks (July 12-14, 2019) 

Winter in the Northeast Kingdom (March 2019)

Saw-whet Owl Banding Retreat (October 2018)

Puffins of Maine (July 2018)

Birding the Northeast Kingdom (September 2018)

World Series of Birding (May 2018)

Superbowl of Birding XV (January 2017)

Youth Naturalist Programs

Upcoming Events

Sep 02

The Caterpillar Lab – Caterpillar Camps!

September 2 @ 12:30 PM - September 3 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206
[email protected]

Office Open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
Trails Open 24/7