- North Branch Nature Center
Some families may simply want to explore on a spring night. For those families who want to collect and submit data about Vermont’s wildlife, as well, the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier has detailed information about how to get started.
Its website includes:
• A local map of amphibian crossing areas
• A volunteer manual
• How to gather and submit data
• How to send in photos
Gear you need:
• Rain clothes and boots
• Reflective clothes, such as a vest
• Flashlights and extra batteries
• A spatula and a clean bucket
• Waterproof clipboard, data sheet and pencil
• Crossing signs with flashing lights
Last spring, Heather Fitzgerald wrote an essay for Kids Vermont about“a particularly ungraceful April night” when she and her 5-year-old son went searching for frogs and salamanders. As parents in a rapidly changing world, we’re all redefining our roles right now. Fitzgerald’s story reminds us to embrace our kids' imagination — and let go of our desires for perfection.