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Updated 2/27/15

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.

FEBRUARY
Antlers & Aging
Open to ages 12 & up. Cost: $7 ($5 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 is Buffalo for the Broken Heart by Dan O'Brien. This book is about re-introducing bison to South Dakota.

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 team of up to four people (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 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

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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