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Updated 7/22/14

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

JULY
Weekly Naturalist Walks: Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Join a River Bend Nature Center naturalist every Tuesday night (May 6th to September 30th) for a casual nature hike. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend's unique outdoor spaces. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walks
KinderNature: Fishy Wishy
Open to children ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Cost: $5 per child; $3 per River Bend member child.
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Monday, July 28th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Have fun and stomp around in the marsh to discover what lives there! We will hunt for turtles, frogs, tadpoles, and other wetland animals. We will look at the variety of shapes and sizes of fish while comparing how fish are different from us. Prepare to count fins, locate eyes and gills on our fish models.

KinderNature preschool programs are designed for children ages three to five years old accompanied by an adult. These unique programs are full of hands-on learning and outdoor activities that encourage curious minds to explore and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme, and includes stories, crafts, and outdoor exploration, Programs are held each month and last an hour. Weather permitting.

KinderNature:Fishy Wishy
CANCELLED -- Minnesota Zoo Bus Trip
 

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Inviting grandparents to come spend quality time with their grandchildren on a bus trip to visit the Minnesota Zoo. Activities include a live bird show, penguin and shark feedings, and close animal encounters. Also, be sure to visit the new bug enclosure and the butterfly garden. Bus leaves at 10am and returns to River Bend at 4pm. Pack a lunch or buy lunch at the zoo.

Minnesota Zoo Bus Trip
DIY Natural Health & Body Care Series
Open to ages 12 & up. Cost: $25 per person per class ($20 per River Bend member)
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Class 2: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm

Topic: Personal Care - Toothpaste & Lip Balm

Phthalates, sulfates, parabens... you've seen products that boldly advertise NOT including them but what are they? And is there an alternative besides expensive 'organic' products? YES! Join us for a DIY program series where participants will learn a bit more about the health and economic benefits of making body care products from all natural ingredients. Participants will leave each class with 2-3 products and the recipes for making more. Register for individual classes or the whole series. All material and supplies provided.

DIY Natural Health & Body Care Series
Weekly Naturalist Walks: Pond Life
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Join a River Bend Nature Center naturalist every Tuesday night (May 6th to September 30th) for a casual nature hike. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend's unique outdoor spaces. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walks
AUGUST

Animal Feeding -- FREE!
Open to all ages. Cost: Free

Monday, August 4th, 2014, 6:00-7:00pm

Come and watch how our animal ambassadors eat! Free and open to everyone, donations accepted to help feed the animals.

Orwin
Weekly Naturalist Walks
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Join a River Bend Nature Center naturalist every Tuesday night (May 6th to September 30th) for a casual nature hike. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend's unique outdoor spaces. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walks
Women in Nature: Campcraft & Camping Retreat at Interstate State Park
Open to adult women. Cost: $30 per person; $25 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Friday, August 8th at 5:00pm to Sunday, August 10th at 12:00pm

Enjoy a weekend with the girls during this special camping retreat at beautiful Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River in Taylor's Falls, Minnesota. We’ll get comfortable with the basics of campcraft and then spend the rest of the retreat exploring the park and the unique geology of the area. Bring a bag dinner for Friday night. All other meals & camping gear provided or bring your own sleeping bag/mat. Transportation provided for up to 10 participants. Meet at River Bend to carpool. NO CHILDCARE PROVIDED.

Women in Nature Retreat
Project WILD & Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop
Open to educators. Cost: $65.
Pre-registration is required, details below.

Download
Registration Form

Monday, August 11th, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm

River Bend Nature Center will host an educator workshop based on Project WILD and Project Learning Tree. Project WILD and Project Learning Tree are award-winning environmental education programs in Minnesota. This workshop is based on activities for K-8 students and will focus on projects, crafts, and games related to Minnesota state standards.

Participants will receive the following: Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide, Project Learning Tree K-8 Activity Guide, PLT and WILD Minnesota Supplements, Other educational materials, & 6 CEUs.

The cost of this program is $65. All materials and lunch are included in the fee. Pre-registration required by phone – 507.332.7151 – or with the form linked above (print & mail back to River Bend with payment).
 
Weekly Naturalist Walks
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Join a River Bend Nature Center Naturalist every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6pm for a walk through River Bend’s natural beauty. Connect with a naturalist every week between May 6th and September 30th for an informational, healthy, and family-friendly program. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend’s unique outdoor spaces. Weekly themes may include: searching for animal homes, birds, fungi, aquatic life, tree identification, or edible plants. Check our Facebook page or call for weekly topics. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walks
Prairie Plant Identification
Open to seniors. Cost: $5 per person; $3 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration preferred, not required.
Register

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

The prairie is a unique and fascinating habitat full of hundreds of species. Explore the River Bend Nature Center prairie and discover the beautiful wildflowers with a naturalist. Learn tips and techniques of identifying flowers and grasses.

Prairie Plant ID

Night Sky
Open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). Cost: $10 per person; $5 per River Bend member.
Pre-registration required.

Register

Saturday, August 16th, 2014, 8:00-11:00pm

Join us for an evening event as we discover the night sky! David Flakner with the MN Astronomical Society will present on the night sky including planets, constellations, galaxies and the moon. At dusk we will go outside to look through telescopes at the wonders of the night sky. Program will be cancelled if cloudy.

Nighy Sky
DIY Natural Health & Body Care Series
Open to ages 12 & up. Cost: $25 per person per class ($20 per River Bend member)
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Class 3: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm

Topic: Spa - Body scrub, body butter, peppermint foot scrub

Phthalates, sulfates, parabens... you've seen products that boldly advertise NOT including them but what are they? And is there an alternative besides expensive 'organic' products? YES! Join us for a DIY program series where participants will learn a bit more about the health and economic benefits of making body care products from all natural ingredients. Participants will leave each class with 2-3 products and the recipes for making more. Register for individual classes or the whole series. All material and supplies provided.

DIY Natural Health & Body Care Series
Weekly Naturalist Walks
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Join a River Bend Nature Center Naturalist every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6pm for a walk through River Bend’s natural beauty. Connect with a naturalist every week between May 6th and September 30th for an informational, healthy, and family-friendly program. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend’s unique outdoor spaces. Weekly themes may include: searching for animal homes, birds, fungi, aquatic life, tree identification, or edible plants. Check our Facebook page or call for weekly topics. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walks
O.W.L.S.: Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors 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, August 20th, 2014, 12:00-2:00pm

August Topic: Raptor Identification with Tiffany Ploehn
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
O.W.L.S.: Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors 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, August 20th, 2014, 12:00-2:00pm

August Topic: Raptor Identification with Tiffany Ploehn
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
KinderNature: ABCs in Nature
Open to children ages 3 to 5 and an adult. Cost: $5 ($3 for River Bend members).
Pre-registration preferred, not required.
Register

Monday, August 25th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Assist your child with learning the alphabet and explore the outdoors. Naturalists will lead a short exploration hike to find an item in nature for every letter of the alphabet. Magnifying glasses, paper, bags, and jars will be provided.

KinderNature preschool programs are designed for children ages three to five years old accompanied by an adult. These unique programs are full of hands-on learning and outdoor activities that encourage curious minds to explore and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme, and includes stories, crafts, and outdoor exploration, Programs are held each month and last an hour. Weather permitting.

KinderNature
Weekly Naturalist Walks
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Join a River Bend Nature Center Naturalist every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6pm for a walk through River Bend’s natural beauty. Connect with a naturalist every week between May 6th and September 30th for an informational, healthy, and family-friendly program. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend’s unique outdoor spaces. Weekly themes may include: searching for animal homes, birds, fungi, aquatic life, tree identification, or edible plants. Check our Facebook page or call for weekly topics. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walks

Fundamentals of Archery
Open to ages 7 and up. Cost: $10 per person; $5 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration preferred, not required.

Register

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 5:00-6:30pm

Come and try the challenge of shooting a bow and arrow. Staff will give instruction on shooting technique and safety. The bows we use are compound bows suitable for all sizes and strengths of archers. We will have plenty of time to practice! Who knows, maybe you will become the next Legolas or Katniss! All necessary equipment provided.

Outdoor Adventures Program
SEPTEMBER
Weekly Naturalist Walks
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

Join a River Bend Nature Center Naturalist every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6pm for a walk through River Bend’s natural beauty. Connect with a naturalist every week between May 6th and September 30th for an informational, healthy, and family-friendly program. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend’s unique outdoor spaces. Weekly themes may include: searching for animal homes, birds, fungi, aquatic life, tree identification, or edible plants. Check our Facebook page or call for weekly topics. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walk
Vineyard & Winery Tour
Open to ages 21+. Cost: $55 per person; $50 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration & payment required by August 23rd.
Register

Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 9:30am-5:30pm

Join River Bend Nature Center staff for a winery and vineyard bus tour through Southern MN. The tour will stop at Flower Valley Vineyard, Falconer Vineyards, and Cannon River Winery – each providing a glimpse into Minnesota’s wine country. At each location, you will receive a guided tour of each vineyard or winery and a tasting of each winery’s esteemed palate. Lunch is not included in the price but can be purchased at Falconer Vineyard's Bistro for approximately $10. Dress for the weather.

Vineyard & Winery Tour
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.
Buy Tickets

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
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

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

Join a River Bend Nature Center Naturalist every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6pm for a walk through River Bend’s natural beauty. Connect with a naturalist every week between May 6th and September 30th for an informational, healthy, and family-friendly program. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend’s unique outdoor spaces. Weekly themes may include: searching for animal homes, birds, fungi, aquatic life, tree identification, or edible plants. Check our Facebook page or call for weekly topics. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walk
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!

 

Outdoor Skills Day
Open to all ages. Cost: To be announced.
Pre-registration is required by September 11th.

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.

 
Weekly Naturalist Walks
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

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

Join a River Bend Nature Center Naturalist every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6pm for a walk through River Bend’s natural beauty. Connect with a naturalist every week between May 6th and September 30th for an informational, healthy, and family-friendly program. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend’s unique outdoor spaces. Weekly themes may include: searching for animal homes, birds, fungi, aquatic life, tree identification, or edible plants. Check our Facebook page or call for weekly topics. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walk
O.W.L.S.: Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors 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
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

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

Join a River Bend Nature Center Naturalist every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6pm for a walk through River Bend’s natural beauty. Connect with a naturalist every week between May 6th and September 30th for an informational, healthy, and family-friendly program. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend’s unique outdoor spaces. Weekly themes may include: searching for animal homes, birds, fungi, aquatic life, tree identification, or edible plants. Check our Facebook page or call for weekly topics. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walk
Weekly Naturalist Walks
Open to all ages. Cost: $3 per person; Free for River Bend members.

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

Join a River Bend Nature Center Naturalist every Tuesday night from 5pm to 6pm for a walk through River Bend’s natural beauty. Connect with a naturalist every week between May 6th and September 30th for an informational, healthy, and family-friendly program. Each week will have a general theme but will take advantage of seasonal changes and the diverse habitats that make up River Bend’s unique outdoor spaces. Weekly themes may include: searching for animal homes, birds, fungi, aquatic life, tree identification, or edible plants. Check our Facebook page or call for weekly topics. Family-friendly.

Weekly Naturalist Walk
   
Program calendar for October, and November coming soon!  
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