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Updated 9/5/14

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

SEPTEMBER
Long Time Gone Bluegrass Band Concert
Open to everyone! Cost: $7 per person 13 & up, free for children 12 & under; $5 for River Bend members 13 & up.
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Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 1:00-4:00pm

River Bend Nature Center presents a Music in Nature concert by local bluegrass band Long Time Gone. The "Golden Era" of bluegrass may be gone, but not to the members of Long Time Gone. Long Time Gone isn't just about traditional bluegrass, the band branches out into old-timey songs of the 1920s and original songs written by band members. Double fiddle tunes, a touch of Celtic, hard driving banjo instruments and quite a bit of instrument swapping keeps this Long Time Gone show entertaining. The event is to raise needed funding for River Bend Nature Center.

See also the event web page: http://www.rbnc.org/music

 
Weekly Naturalist Walks -- CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

 
KinderNature: Pirates in Nature
Open to children 3-5 with an adult. Cost: $5 per child; $3 per member child.
Pre-registration preferred, not required.
Register

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 5:30-6:30pm

In honor of it being Talk like a Pirate day in September come and take a hike with your shipmates and find your own natural treasures like a stick cutlass, stick hook, acorn cup doubloons, and make a leaf eye patch. Then grab a treasure map and find the hidden treasure chest somewhere in the forest.

KinderNature
Wood Carving
Open to seniors. Cost: $30 per person; $22 per River Bend member.
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Chris will demonstrate basics of wood carving such as safety while carving, tools, wood selection, and techniques. Then he will guide students as they carve their own masterpiece!

An O.W.L.S.: Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors Lifelong Learning program.

OWLS: Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors
Women in Nature: Prairie Plant Identification -- CANCELLED
 

Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm

 
Outdoor Skills Day
Open to all ages. Cost: $25 per person; $20 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration is required by September 11th.
Register

Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 1:00-5:00pm

This fun filled day is open for all ages and families are encouraged to come! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions for the day will include: archery, outdoor cooking, slacklining, setting up camp, knot tieing, geochacing and much more! Dress for the weather.

Outdoor Skills Day

The World of a Monarch Butterfly
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per person; $3 per River Bend member.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 6:00-7:00pm

Join a River Bend Nature Center naturalist to learn the life of a Monarch butterfly! Join us for a short presentation followed by a butterfly hike on the mowed trails. We will try to catch butterflies, identify the species, observe them, and then release them. There are a limited number of butterfly nets available. Identification guides will be provided on the hike. People are welcome to bring their own net and butterfly field guides.

Monarch Butterfly
Weekly Naturalist Walks -- CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

 
O.W.L.S. Monthly Luncheon Series
Open to seniors. Cost: $10 per person; $8 for River Bend members.
Please RSVP by the Friday before the program - 507.332.7151 or rbncinfo@rbnc.org.
Register

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 12:00-2:00pm

September Topic: Cannon & Straight River Watersheds with Beth Kallestad, Cannon River Watershed Partnership
Join us each month for a natural history program and lunch at River Bend Nature Center! On the third Wednesday of every month, we'll host a program for seniors that will start with a brief conservation-minded reading, followed by lunch, and then there will be a 30-minute program on a natural history topic. The lunch will consist of a hot dish, side, roll, and dessert. This indoor program will be hosted in the Interpretive Center.

OWLS
Weekly Naturalist Walks -- CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

 

Homeschool Program: All About Insects
Open to grades K through 6th. Cost: $7.50 per child.
No pre-registration required.

Monday, September 29th, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm

A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! Join River Bend's naturalists in exploring our prairies and ponds to learn all about the insects that live there. Participants will dip net for aquatic insects in our ponds and net for insects in the prairie. Different types of insects and their special body parts will be investigated. Dress for the weather.

Homeschool Programs

Group Geocaching Adventure
Open to families with children over 10. Cost: $5 per person; $3 for River Bend members.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, 5:00-6:30pm

Join a naturalist for a Group Geocaching Adventure! Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS devices. Come learn the basics and try to find several geocaches hidden throughout the River Bend Nature Center trails. The program is for youth ages 10-16 and families. All equipment will be provided. This involves trail walking. Dress for the weather.

Geocaching
Weekly Naturalist Walks -- CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

 
OCTOBER
Nature Photography
Open to ages 50+. Cost: $10 per person; $5 for River Bend members.
Register

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Instructor: Paul Swenson
Paul will demonstrate photography techniques and walk you through the steps of adjusting your camera settings for the best picture. Then he will guide students as they try capturing their own images! Bring your own camera if you have one.

An O.W.L.S.: Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors Lifelong Learning program.

OWLS

Women in Nature: Migratory Birds -- CANCELLED

 

Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm

 

33rd Annual River Bend Ramble
Open to all ages! Cost: $40
Tickets go on sale August 25th, 2014.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014, 5:30pm

Join us for River Bend's 33rd annual Ramble event! This benefit dinner and auction is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. We're currently seeking donations for our live and silent auctions, new and collectible items welcome. More details coming soon!

Ramble 2014 - Healthy Nature
Photography Skills Class
Open to adults and families with children. Cost: $25 per person; $20 per River Bend member.
Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, October 8th.
Register

Sunday, October 12th, 2014, 3:00-6:00pm

Austin MN native John Duren will come lead a photography skills class. He will begin the class with a 30-40 minute power point presentation and the rest of the time is spent in the field. Classes are for adults or families with children. Also, participants will have to bring their own camera. They can bring a point and shoot or a DSLR, either one will be fine.

Photography Skills Class
O.W.L.S. Monthly Luncheon Series
Open to seniors. Cost: $10 per person; $8 for River Bend members.
Please RSVP by the Friday before the program - 507.332.7151 or rbncinfo@rbnc.org.
Register

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 12:00-2:00pm

October Topic: Dale Maul Prehistory MN/Rice County. He is an archeologist and currently researching history of Rice County and SE MN Native American culture.

Join us each month for a natural history program and lunch at River Bend Nature Center! On the third Wednesday of every month, we'll host a program for seniors that will start with a brief conservation-minded reading, followed by lunch, and then there will be a 30-minute program on a natural history topic. The lunch will consist of a hot dish, side, roll, and dessert. This indoor program will be hosted in the Interpretive Center.

OWLS

Bats, Bones & Bonfires
Our annual Halloween family festival is back! Join us for food, games, bouncy houses and more. More details will be announced as we make plans!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 4:00-8:00pm

Ghost

Homeschool Program: Animal Adaptations
Open to grades K through 6th. Cost: $7.50 per child.
No pre-registration required.

Monday, October 27th, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm

A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! Meet River Bend's Animal Ambassadors and learn about amazing animal adaptations up close. What makes a reptile different from an amphibian? How can you tell where an animal lives just by looking at it? Learn the answers to these questions and more!

Homeschool Programs
Urban Forestry
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per person; $3 per River Bend member.
Pre-registration preferred, not required.
Register

Monday, October 27th, 2014, 7:00-8:00pm

Richard Petersson from the MN DNR will come present about Urban Forestry. He will discuss how planting trees in your yard benefits your heating and cooling bill, good trees to plant in urban areas, when to plant, and common tree diseases or pests.

Urban Forestry
Program calendar for November coming soon!  
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