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River Bend News & Notes

Executive Director Job Posting

We are now taking applications for the position of Executive Director of River Bend Nature Center. Click the link below for job description and application instructions.

Executive Director Job Description

Science Club Sign-up

Parents/guardians of Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Elementary school students who would like to sign their children up for Science Club, please see our Science Club registration page.

Executive Director Ben Van Gundy Announces Retirement

On Tuesday, November 3rd, River Bend Nature Center announced the upcoming retirement of executive director Ben Van Gundy. Ben has been at the Nature Center since September of 2013; his planned last day is December 31st, 2015. An email was sent to members and supporters Tuesday morning, the email can be read at the link below. Also linked is our news release regarding the announcement.

Kids in Nature Fundraising Campaign

River Bend Nature Center has set a goal of $80,000 for its first Kids in Nature Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise $80,000 by the end 2015. The money will be used to help fund environmental/outdoor education programs at River Bend. “The last few years we ended the year with a budget deficit and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.” said Ben Van Gundy, Executive Director of River Bend Nature Center, “River Bend Nature Center is positive institution in this area and River Bend needs support of the community to carry out its healthy wholesome programs for children and adults.” The Richard Carlander Family will match all donations up to $10,000 and the State Bank of Faribault has provided $1,000. You can donate by check or credit card, or give online at

River Bend Nature Center provides environmental/outdoor educational programming to over 8,500 children and 5,000 adults from Northfield, Faribault, Owatonna, and the surrounding area every year. These programs are needed because children today are sending less time in nature than any time in human history. The health of children is a risk because they spend many hours a day in front of electronic media. Spending time in nature has shown to have positive effects on the mental, physical, and spiritual heath of people. Also people that spend time in nature will likely be more protective of our environment.

Please consider giving a special gift to the Kids in Nature Campaign!!!!


« Our mission is to help people discover, enjoy, understand, and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us. »
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