September Workshops and Events

Please join us for a sensational schedule of workshops and events in September. We’re excited to co-present two events, one at Kellogg-Hubbard Library and another at North Branch Nature Center. Of course, we’ve got intriguing topics lined up for in-house workshops, including beating toxic stress, harvesting local meat, and how to have a healthy microbiome.

Unless otherwise noted, workshops are free and take place in our upstairs community room. An elevator to access that room is available upon request. Space for our workshops is limited, and pre-registration is suggested. You can reserve your spot using our online form, calling 802-262-3202, or by signing up on the bulletin board in our exit way.

The Sacred Hunt:  Harvesting Local Meat
With Murphy Robinson, Hunting Guide & Hunter Safety Instructor
Thursday, Sept. 5

A beginner’s introduction to hunting for people who care about where their meat comes from.  We will discuss what you need to learn to hunt safely and ethically and explore how hunting fosters a sacred relationship with the landscape around us.  

Parent Support Group
With Theo Lagerstedt of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
Wednesday, Sept. 11

Join a Circle of Parents support group for a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers. Utilizing a mutual self-help support model, the group is a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children.

Beat the Toxic Stress and Weight Gain Cycle
With Amy Panetta, MA, NC, Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultant
Thursday, Sept. 12|
6:00 – 7:30pm

With the excitement of September’s frenzy of activities, your “fight or flight” stress response can get stuck in “on” position. Amy will guide you through how to stop this cycle, find balance, and shed excess weight!
$8 members/$10 nonmembers
4-person minimum

Fit For What? Re-envisioning “Working Out”
With Robert Kest, Ph.D.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
6:00-7:30 pm

The true challenges in our lives are mediated by the health of our character and emotions.  It is possible when working out, be it aerobics, yoga, running, etc., to cultivate a more skillful, responsive, and richer way of being that can shape our lives.

Wild Edibles – Apple Edition      
at North Branch Nature Center
Saturday, Sept. 21

A bite of Vermont’s forgotten apples is a taste of history. Hiding in plain sight within almost every natural area and neglected back woods are abandoned apple orchards harkening to a bygone Vermont. What most nature walkers dismiss as “crabapples” are often the nearly extinct relics of the nineteenth-century heirloom varietals that made New England the global center of apple cultivation.
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.
$30 for NBNC Members / $35 for Non-members
Minimum age: 15 (or 12 with parent).
Must be able to hike off-trail on uneven forest floor up to a mile. Meeting location TBD within 15 minutes of NBNC.
Please pre-register here

Film Screening and Discussion: One Town at a Time
at Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Monday, Sept. 23

One Town at a Time is a coming-of-age story that is firmly rooted in the community spirit that makes Vermont’s towns so special, including diverse voices from across the state such as Former Governor Jim Douglas and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield. You will hear from 251 Club members of all kinds and, after listening to their stories of traveling through Vermont, you’ll want to start exploring as well.
More about the documentary
More about the 251 Club

Healthy Microbiome = Healthy You
With Erik Esselstyn
Wednesday, Sept. 25

We will review the latest science examining fiber’s importance in well-being, and the link of inflammatory illness to low dietary fiber. We will explore the role of whole foods plant-based nutrition in optimum health.
$8 members/$10 nonmembers

If you are interested in presenting a workshop, we would love to hear from you! Please fill out our online application form. If you have any questions related to workshops, give us a call at 802-262-3202 or send us an email.