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Updated 3/17/15

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.

MARCH

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 -- CANCELLED
 

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 is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. This book tells the story of a family's adventure to eat localy grown food for one year.

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

Join us for a fun afternoon of maple syrupin' in the River Bend sugarbush! Visitors will get to see all aspects of the early spring process of producing maple syrup. We'll have demos of tree tapping, sap collecting, and the evaporation station. We'll also tell you about the history of maple syruping and then let you taste the finished product!

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
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
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