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Updated 1/24/15

Faribault residents can also see our programs & events in the Buckham Bulletin!

JANUARY

WinterFest
Open to all ages! Cost: $7 ($5 for River Bend members).
Cost cap for families: $25 ($20 for River Bend member families). Price is all inclusive including popcorn, cider/hot chocolate, craft supplies, a sleigh ride, and a s’more.

Sunday, January 25th, 2015, 1:00-4:00pm

See also our WinterFest page!

Come join us for a fun winter day filled with lots of activities such as winter games, blizzard golfing, sleigh rides, s'mores, hot chocolate, cross-country ski and snowshoe clinics, and more!

WinterFest
Homeschool Program: Winter Animal Tracking
Open to grades K through 6th. Cost: $7.50 per child.
Pre-registration is required by January 23rd.
Register

Monday, January 26th, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm

A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! During this class, participants will learn to read a variety of signs andimals leave as they go about their daily activities. Participants can also become nature detectives to find out whose track it is and what the animal was doing there. Dress warm and wear warm boots.

Homeschool Programs

Big Woods, Big Rivers Master Naturalist Class
Open to adults. Cost: $275 for classes, field trips, and materials.
This course is FULL and no more registrations are being accepted.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 27th through March 5th, 2015, 3:30-6:00pm
And Saturday, February 3rd, 2015 and Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Come learn all about the wonderful "Big Woods, Big Rivers" biome at River Bend Nature Center. The class will encompass hands on learning and lots of outdoor activities! All participants will be involved with two Saturday field trips to explore even more of Minnesota’s rivers and woods!

The Minnesota Master Naturalist program is one of the best ways to familiarize yourself with the unique and exciting aspects of the world around us. This program is directed at adults that enjoy learning about the natural world, sharing that knowledge with others, and supporting conservation.

If you have questions about the Minnesota Master Naturalist program, please contact Education Coordinator Amber Brossard at 507.332.7151 or brossard@rbnc.org.

Minnesota Master Naturalist

Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 7:00-8:00pm

Gather once a month for a nature book club discussion. This month's book is called Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed. Please note: this is a different book than previously advertised for January.

Nature Book Club
FEBRUARY
Lifelong Learning: Conquer Your Fears
Open to seniors. Cost: $5 ($3 per member).
Pre-registration is preferred.
Register

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, 1:00-3:00pm

Do you fear snakes, spiders, and cockroaches? Then this is the perfect class for you. Join the naturalists as they teach you about these creatures and help you conquer your fears.

Lifelong Learning: Conquer Your Fears

Bagels & Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: Free!

Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 9:30-10:30am

Join a naturalist in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to Windows on the Wild, the Nature Center’s backyard habitat feeding area. Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books, and conversation will make this a great way to start the day. Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife at this free program.

Bagels & Birds
Northfield O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 ($10 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration required by February 6th. To register, call the Northfield Senior Center at 507-664-3700.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, 10:30am-12:00pm

Location: Northfield Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, Northfield
Join us once a month for nature presentation followed by a catered lunch. Margot Monson will join us this month for a presentation about pollinators in general and more specifically about beekeeping. What we have been experiencing these past few years as climate changes and the wild and rural landscapes have been significantly altered is not only about honey bees and monarchs, which have become like the "canaries in the coal mines" but affects all our pollinators, and especially our less well known native insects.

You need not be a Northfield Senior Center member to attend.

Northfield OWLS
Snow Day!
Open to ages 8-12. Cost: $25 ($20 for members).
Pre-registration is required by February 9th.
Register

Friday, February 13th, 2015, 12:00-5:00pm

It's a no school day! Join the naturalists to enjoy some fun outdoor games. We will learn about snow, how its made, and the uniqueness of snow flakes while playing games. Then we will come inside to enjoy some hot chocolate while learning about Minnesota winter birds by helping count birds for the Project Feederwatch and we'll make bird houses and feeders out of recycled materials. The afternoon will include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing! Don't forget to pack your own lunches. Snacks and warm beverages will be provided.

Sign up for Snow Day! and the Valentine's Day Youth Lock-in for a $10 discount. To register with the discount, please call us: 507.332.7151.

Snow Day
Valentine's Day Youth Lock-in
Open to ages 8-12. Cost: $25 ($20 for members).
Pre-registration is required by February 11th.
Register

Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 6:00pm to Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 9:00am

Valentine's day isn't just for adults anymore! Come join River Bend's naturalists for a youth-only lock-in and explore nature at night! We'll have lots of fun exploring the Nature Center after dark and learning more about the animals that come out once the sun has gone down. Weather dependent activities may include: night hike, arts & crafts, movie, snowshoeing, kicksledding etc. We'll have pizza for dinner and s'mores over the campfire for desert; breakfast also provided on Saturday morning. Participants should bring their own sleeping pad, bag & pillow or rent sleeping bag and pad from River Bend ($5 per sleeping bag and $2 per pad, free rental for members). Make sure to bring warm clothes! Limited to 20 participants.

Sign up for Snow Day! and the Valentine's Day Youth Lock-in for a $10 discount. To register with the discount, please call us: 507.332.7151.

Fat Bike Event
Open to all ages. Cost: Free to attend, $5 for a riding pass ($3 for River Bend members).

Saturday, February 14th, 2015, 1:00-5:00pm

The Fat Bike Event at River Bend provides a chance to ride your fat bike on the groomed, snow-covered ski trails! All of the River Bend's ten miles of trails will be rolled and packed just for fat bikes. Otherwise during the winter a smaller portion of the trails, only seven miles are groomed for cross-country skiers and bikers are limited to a small section of the trails. Our priority is giving skiers the best possible experience all winter. This event is a one day exception to this rule and is for fat bikes.

Fat tire bikes have wide rims and extra large tires,and are a cycling subcategory that has gained popularity since 2012. It improves overall traction in the snow.

We will also be doing tours every 90 minutes led by fat tire experts from some of our sponsors. Tours will include biking on some of the best trails at River Bend, a brief history of the grounds, and scenic views.

Sponsors will also have booths in the Interpretive Center showcasing their businesses, fat tire bikes, and other biking equipment. The general public is encouraged to come learn about this new and engaging sport. Demo bikes will be provided for short lessons on fat tire biking. If you have your own fat tire bike stop into the Nature Center that day for your riding pass.

Fat Bike Event
O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 ($10 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by February 13th
Register

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm

Location: River Bend Nature Center
Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. Margot Monson will join us for a presentation about pollinators in general, including any beekeeping information. What we have been experiencing these past few years as climate changes and the wild and rural landscapes have been significantly altered is not only about honey bees and monarchs, which have become like the "canaries in the coal mines" but affects all our pollinators, and especially our less well known native insects.

OWLS

Restoration Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free.
New members welcome anytime.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm

Join us once a month for a restoration work day. Every month we'll head out onto the River Bend property to practice implementing restoration techniques such as bud ID, buckthorn removal, trail repair, and more. The hope is that you can learn from practicing at River Bend and take some of these restoration techniques home to implement on your property.

Restoration Club
Antlers & Aging
Open to ages 12 & up. Cost: $10 ($8 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by February 20th.
Register

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm

Learn about the antlers and horns and the tips for finding shed antlers. We will head outside to look for sheds that have been hidden throughout the property. We will also learn techniques for aging deer.

Antlers & Aging
Homeschool Program: Winter Fun - Snowshoes & Kicksleds
Open to grades K through 6th. Cost: $7.50 per child.
Pre-registration is required by
February 20th.
Register

Monday, February 23rd, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm

A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! During this class, participants will explore nature in the winter using snowshoes and kicksleds to tranverse the winter landscape. Participants will also learn about the fascinating origins of and types of snowshoes and how useful a kicksled can be. Dress warm and wear warm boots.

Homeschool Program

Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, 7:00-8:00pm

Join us once a month for a nature book club and discussion. This month's book it yet to be determined.

Nature Book Club
MARCH
Lifelong Learning: Vermicomposting
Open to adults. Cost: $30 ($28 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration required by February 28th.
Register

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 1:00-3:00pm

Join our naturalists for a look at vermicomposting, or using worms to convert your food waste into excellent gardening soil. We'll learn about creating and maintaining a vermicomposting system. Then you'll construct a compost bin to house the starter colony of worms you'll take home with you!

Register by February 28th to receive a starter worm bin and worms. If you register after February 28th, you may still attend the class for vermicomposting instruction, but you will not receive the starter supplies.

Vermicomposting

Bagels & Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: Free!

Saturday, March 7th, 2015, 9:30-10:30am

Join a naturalist in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to Windows on the Wild, the Nature Center’s backyard habitat feeding area. Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books, and conversation will make this a great way to start the day. Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife at this free program.

Bagels & Birds
Northfield O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 ($10 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by March 6th. To register, call the Northfield Senior Center at 507-664-3700.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 10:30am-12:00pm

Location: Northfield Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, Northfield
Join us for a nature-themed presentation followed by a catered meal. This event is open to all seniors and will be held at the Northfield Seniors Center. Beth Kallested from the Cannon River Watershed Partnership will be coming to present on the history of the Cannon River and its watershed.

You need not be a Northfield Senior Center member to attend.

OWLS
Trivia Bee
Open to all ages. Cost: $60 per competing team. Admission is free for spectators.
Teams should register by March 2nd to participate.
Register

Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 7:00pm

River Bend Nature Center is going to have a Nature Trivia Bee on Thursday March 12th at 7pm. We are challenging you to create a four-person team (or more then one team) to participate in the Nature Trivia Bee! Area businesses, organizations, and groups are invited to join us for a fun night of trivia competition! We will be having multiple rounds of nature questions asked to determine the evening's Nature Trivia Champtions!

Nature Trivia Bee

O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 ($10 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by March 13th.

Register

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: River Bend Nature Center
Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. The event is open to seniors. Nancy Braker from the Carlton Arboretum will join us to discuss the unique features and functions of the Arb and what it is like to manage it.

OWLS
Restoration Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free.
New members welcome anytime.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm

Join us once a month for a restoration work day. Every month we'll head out onto the River Bend property to practice implementing restoration techniques such as bud ID, buckthorn removal, trail repair, and more. The hope is that you can learn from practicing at River Bend and take some of these restoration techniques home to implement on your property.

Restoration Club
Prairies and Potholes: Minnesota's Forgotten Lands
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 ($3 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 7:00-8:00pm

Minnesota has lost 99% of it's native prairies and with it, much of it's wetlands as well. This presentation is about the wildlife that we have left and a glimpse into what could have been in Minnesota's prairies. It was funded by the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin, MN so the focus is on southern Minnesota prairies.

Prairies & Potholes
Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, 7:00-8:00pm

Join us once a month for a nature book club and discussion. This month's book it yet to be determined.

Nature Book Club
Homeschool Program: Maple Syruping - History & Science
Open to grades K through 6th. Cost: $7.50 per child.
Pre-registration is required by
March 27th.
Register

Monday, March 30th, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm

A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! During this class, participants will follow the process of making maple syrup from tapping a tree to boiling it down into syrup. Participants will also use special equipment to measure sugar content of raw sap, try their hand at pioneer games, and explore historic artifacts from early Native Americans and pioneers.

Homeschool Program
APRIL
Lifelong Learning: Maple Syruping
Open to seniors. Cost: $5 ($3 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 1:00-3:00pm

Join us as we compare the maple syruping techniques between River Bend methods and the Hering syruping methods. We will learn the ins and outs of maple syruping and then go out to actually see the process in action. Dress for the weather.

Lifelong Learning: Maple Syruping

Bagels & Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: Free

Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 9:30-10:30am

Join a naturalist in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to Windows on the Wild, the Nature Center’s backyard habitat feeding area. Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books, and conversation will make this a great way to start the day. Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife at this free program.

Bagels & Birds

Maple Syrup Open House
Open to all ages. Cost: Free.

Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 1:00-4:00pm

Maple Syrup Open House
O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 ($10 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by April 10th.
Register

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 12:00-1:30pm

Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. The event is open to seniors. Carol Johnson from the Blue Bird Recovery program will come and talk about the Bluebird Expo. He will speak about the blue bird recovery initiative and the current state of the birds.

OWLS

Maple Syrup Fun Run & Pancake Brunch
10K & 5K Trail Runs and 1-Mile Walk

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

More details of the race and brunch coming soon!

Maple Syrup Fun Run
Homeschool Program: Survival of Plants & Animals
Open to grades K through 6th. Cost: $7.50 per child.
Pre-registration is required by
April 24th.
Register

Monday, April 27th, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm

A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! Plants and animals have developed special ways to survive in a wide variety of habitats. During this class, participants will hike and investigate how plants protect themselves from harsh weather and avoid being eaten by animals. Participants will also try an activity to explore how the structure if different bird beaks affects what they eat.

Homeschool Program
Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 7:00-8:00pm

Join us once a month for a nature book club and discussion. This month's book it yet to be determined.

Nature Book Club
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