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Updated 4/15/15

Spring Buckham Bulletin Note:
The recent spring issue of the Buckham Bulletin (mailed to Faribault residents) contains incorrect program and event listings. See below for the correct program listings, dates, times, and to register.

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

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Registration is now open for the Fun Run! See our Fun Run/Brunch page for details and to register.

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
MAY

Bagels & Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: Free

Saturday, May 2nd, 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

Lifelong Learning
Open to seniors. Cost: TBD.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 1:00-3:00pm

More details to come.

Lifelong Learning

Edibles & Ephemerals Hike
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 ($3 for River Bend members).

Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 1:00-3:00pm

Join us on a guided hike through the woods as we identify the wide array of spring ephemerals, also known as wildflowers, and edible plants. Build your confidence in identifying, gathering, and eating wild edibles. Join us for a unique hands-on immersion experience in wild food and allow it to develop your current culinary habits and lifestyle.

Edibles

Animal Moms
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 ($3 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by May 8th.

Register

Monday, May 11th, 2015, 5:00-6:00pm

In celebration of Mothers Day, join a naturalist to learn about animal moms. Humans are not the only ones that take steps to protect, feed, and raise their young, the animal kingdom is full o f moms that take the time to teach their babies how to find food and protect themselves. If the weather is nice we will go on a hunt to find locations animal mothers are getting ready for their young.

Animal Moms
Homeschool Program: Exploring Aquatic Habitats
Open to homeschoolers in grades K to 6. Cost: $7.50.
Pre-registration is required by May 15th.
Register

Monday, May 18th, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm

A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! During this class, participants will examine the life that abounds in the various aquatic habitats found at the Nature Center. Participants will use dip nets and explore our ponds. Older students will investigate water quality by conducting a variety of tests.

Homeschool
OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 ($10 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration is required by May 15th.
Register

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm

Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. This month's topic to be announced. Check back for details.

OWLS

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

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm

Join us once a month for a land restoration work day. Every month we will 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 you can learn practicing at River Bend and take some of these restoration techniques home to implement on your property.

Restoration Club

BirdFest
Open to all ages. Cost: $15 ($12 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Call 507.332.7151 to register.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 8:00am-12:00pm

River Bend Nature Center is excited to host a BirdFest just as birds start their spring migration! There is something for everyone at the BirdFest. Whether you're an experienced birder or a young birder there is a fun day of bird activities planned for you.

The morning will include a rotation of multiple stations between guided bird hikes, banding stations, and bird crafts. Expert bird banders will be banding birds most of the morning. Have you ever held on to a Northern Cardinal? Well these bird banders might give you that opportunity. There will also be bird crafts including bird feeders for your little fledglings. There will also be guided birding and nature excursions with experienced local birders. So don't forget your binoculars. The nature center has extra binoculars but they are in limited supply.

A keynote presentation will be given by the MN Raptor Center as they bring mutiple live birds for a Bird of Prey show at 11:00. Feel free to bring a sack lunch and enjoy the rest of the nature center and our unique trails after the BirdFest. Dress for weather, bring binoculars, and a field guide if you have them.

BirdFest

Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 7:00-8:00pm

Join us once a month for a nature book club and discussion. Check our website for this month's book choice.

 
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