Vermont's “Nature Ethic”
When asked what makes Vermont such a wondrous place, people say it’s the land, and our unique culture of appreciation for it. We have reverence for our land, water, air and the plants and creatures that reside with us. North Branch Nature Center’s mission is to connect people of all ages with the natural world. Our vision is to expand the legacy of Vermont’s “Nature Ethic” with our place-based nature education. For 20 years North Branch Nature Center has been serving the community in a myriad of ways:
- We have developed innovative programs for young learners that have been adopted by many Central Vermont schools — in 2015, children in Central Vermont spent over 35,000 hours with NBNC educators learning in nature using the environs around their schools as outdoor classrooms).
- We offer lectures, field trips and citizen science programs for adults.
- We have very popular pre-school and summer camp programs — all taught in the outdoors at our center.
- Our 28 acre sanctuary is a locus of learning, and a hub for hiking, skiing and community gardening in Montpelier.
By expanding our buildings and improving our outdoor teaching spaces, we will be allowed to grow these programs, and to truly become Central Vermont’s own center for nature education, where people for many generations will experience nature’s unforgettable joys and enduring benefits.