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Programs & Events
20 OWLS - Our Changing Climate
23 Animal Ambassadors - Totally Turtles
24 Buckthorn Blitz
25 Homeschool Science Day - Insectopia
26 Nature Book Club
27 Restoration Club - Seed Collection
7 Bagels & Birds
7 Ramble
11 Restoration Club
15 Fall Colors Walk
18 OWLS - River Bend Artificats
21 Animal Ambassadors - Snakes!
23 Homeschool Science Day
24 Nature Book Club
28 Bats, Bones, & Bonfires

Trail Hours
Daily from 6am to 10pm

Interpretive Center Hours
Mon-Fri from 8am to 4:30pm
Sat from 9am to 4pm
Sun from 9am to 2pm (Jun 1-Aug 31)

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River Bend News & Notes

Science Club Registration Now Open!

Our first Science Club will take place on Wednesday October 4th and is open to! Registration opens Thursday September 21st.




Cannon River Stem School



New Program with McKinley Early Childhood-Nature Time

River Bend Nature Center and McKinley ECFE will be hosting a "Nature Time" a program for 3-4 year olds entirely outdoors. Themes will include subjects such as: Trees and Me, Pollinator Party, and Numbers in Nature. For more information, questions, or to register follow this link.


River Bend is hiring!

Current open positions:

Resource Manager / Naturalist- open until filled

Environmental Educator- open until filled


Public Input Meeting Postponed

Our public input meeting scheduled for August 30th has been postponed. A reschedule date will be determined by September 1, 2017.


No Deer Management Hunt in 2017

Given a very successful hunt in 2016, River Bend staff and Board of Directors has made a decision that we will not hold a deer management hunt in 2017. We will continue to monitor this year's population, and use the data collected to drive our decision making process in 2018. We are listed in the MN DNR hunt regulation booklet, but we will not be holding a 2017 deer hunt.

Any additional questions or concerns may be directed to or call 507-332-7151.


Summer Newsletter Issue Online

Our summer newsletter issue is now online and available for you to read!

The newsletter features an article from executive director Breanna Wheeler, a new Naturalist Notebook on theTimber Rattle snake with original illustration by Moe Brand, news and notes, volunteer opportunities, upcoming calendar of events, and more!


Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

We had a great evening honoring all of those that help make River Bend the amazing place that it is. We can't thank you enough for all that you do!

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Summer camp 2017



Come See the New Prairie Wall Mural in our Interpretive Center

This February River Bend Nature Center began taking on the ambitious project to paint its north wall as a giant prairie mural. One of our Environmental Educators, Elsa Litecky, spearheaded this project, and with the help of a few volunteers they have made some great progess! Swing in and check it out for yourself!


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« Our mission is to help people discover, enjoy, understand, and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us. »
   River Bend Nature Center a donor-supported, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
PO Box 186, 1000 Rustad Rd, Faribault, MN 55021-0186 USA
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