North Branch Nature Center

Location:713 Elm Street Montpelier, VT
Phone:802-229-6206

For 22 years North Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital. North Branch Nature Center has become an integral part of outdoor recreation and learning in central Vermont, serving 10,000 visitors annually. Our 28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier. North Branch is firefly light sparkling in a child’s eye. It is a lecture hall where we learn the secrets of warblers and willows and weather. And it is a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply to do nothing beside the river.

Upcoming events

  • September 21, 2019 9:00 AM - September 21, 2019 1:00 PM

    We are excited to be co-sponsoring Wild Edibles – Apple Edition with North Branch Nature Center

    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