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Updated 9/29/14

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

SEPTEMBER

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

Bagels & Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: Free!

Saturday, October 4th, 2014, 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

Animal Ambassador Feeding
Open all all ages. Cost: Free!

Monday, October 6th, 2014, 6:00-7:00pm

Join River Bend Nature Center staff for a program to watch our live Animal Ambassadors do what they do best- eat! The educational program will consist of a little bit of information about the animal as well as getting to watch and even help feed them. The animals that will be fed include: A Blue-Tongued Skink, a Chinese Water Dragon, a hooded rat, a Tiger Salamander, a Painted Turtle, a Corn Snake and more. The program will be taking place Monday October 6th from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Everyone is welcome. Donations to help feed the animals are encouraged.

Animal Ambassador Feeding
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
Visit our Ramble page for tickets and more info.

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.

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: $12 per person; $10 for River Bend members.
Please RSVP by the Friday before the program - 507.332.7151 or rbncinfo@rbnc.org.
Register

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm

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

Scary Creatures
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per person ($3 per River Bend members).

Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 5:00-6:00pm

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. Come join us to learn about these scary creatures before Halloween. The animal world is full of predators and nightmarish creepy-crawlies, but there are a few frightening creatures that don't deserve such a fearsome reputation. Come meet and learn about snakes, spiders, lizards, and salamanders. You will be surprised that some of these scary animals might even make cuddle-worthy companions.

Scary Creatures

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
NOVEMBER

Bagels & Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: Free!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 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
American Environmentalists
Open to seniors. Cost: $5 per person ($3 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Jan Mitchell will speak about American Environmentalists and how their actions shaped today's natural resources.

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

OWLS
O.W.L.S. Monthly Luncheon Series
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 per person; $10 for River Bend members.
Please RSVP by the Friday before the program - 507.332.7151 or rbncinfo@rbnc.org.
Register

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm

November Topic: Bill Hein with the Straight River Farms will come present about the natural history, environmental impact, and the orchards process. He will describe how his family has grown multiple varieties of apples and their strawberry patch!

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
Talking Turkey
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per person ($3 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration preferred, not required.
Register

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 5:30-6:30pm

With Thanksgiving right around the corner its perfect time to start thinking about Turkeys! Learn about the anatomy of the wild turkey while touching the feathers, feet, and a turkey egg. This program offers an up close glimpse of the life and history of the wild turkey.

Turkey
DECEMBER
Hydroponic Gardening
Open to seniors. Cost: $20 per person ($18 per River Bend members)
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Amber will show you how to have a fresh green garden in December. Learn all about hydroponics or soil less gardening. Several different systems of hydroponic gardens will be demonstrted as well as creating your own take home garden.

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

Hydroponics
Holly Jolly Night Hike
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per person ($3 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration is required by Thursday, December 4th, 2014).
Register

Friday, December 5th, 2014, 7:00-8:30pm

Venture on a walk through the woods by the light of the moon, use nocturnal senses and discover wonders of the night. Includes seasonal refreshments. Weather permitting. Dress warm and wear warm boots.

Night Hike

Bagels & Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: Free!

Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 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
Feast Forward
Open to adults. Cost: $20 per person ($15 per River Bend or MAEE member)
Pre-registration preferred, not required.
Register

Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 5:00-8:00pm

Do Good. Have Fun. Do both at this social event while supporting promising solutions to education. It's a meal, a program, and a networking event all rolled into one! All profits will be split between the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education and River Bend Nature Center.

What is Feast Forward? It's a traveling social event that raises money for the best environmental education causes through entertainment and sharing a meal. We're building community. Join us! Each Feast Forward event will donate to a different partner organization.

Feast Forward
Bus Trip to the National Eagle Center
Open to all ages (children with an adult). Cost: $40 per person ($35 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration and payment are required.
Register

Sunday, December 14th, 2014, 10:00am-4:30pm

Families are encouraged to come along on a bus trip to visit the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. Come ready to enjoy a live eagle program and watch them as they feed on fish. You may also have a chance to get a personal photo with an eagle! They also have interactive displays throughout two floors of the center and hundreds of visiting eagles that visit the open water outside the visitors center. Bus leaves at 10:00 A.M. and will return to River Bend at 4:30 PM. Food is not provided.

National Eagle Center Bus Trip
O.W.L.S. Monthly Luncheon Series
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 per person; $10 for River Bend members.
Please RSVP by the Friday before the program - 507.332.7151 or rbncinfo@rbnc.org.
Register

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm

December Topic: The Night Sky
Speaker: David Falkner with the MN Astronomical Society
David will be presenting on the night sky! He will discuss planets, constellations, galaxies, and the moon.

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 Luncheon

Winter Solstice Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe
Open to all ages (children with an adult). Cost: $10 per person ($5 per River Bend member).

Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year. Embrace the dark sky by stopping to stargaze and enjoy the cool air. Cross country skis and snowshoes can both be rented from River Bend and are included in the overall price. In event that there is not enough snow we will have a winter solstice hike instead. Bring your head lamps! Dress warm and wear warm boots.

Winter Solstice Ski n Shoe
JANUARY

Bagels & Birds
Open to all ages. Cost: Free!

Saturday, January 3rd, 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

Snowshoe Wildlife Tracking
Cost: $10 per person ($5 per River Bend member)
Pre-registration required by January 9th.

Sunday, January 11th, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm

Don’t let the winter weather keep you locked up indoors! Learn how easy and fun snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors! Fun for the whole family! Proper clothing, technique and equipment will be discussed. Wear warm boots. We will also be learning about winter wildlife tracks and sign.

Animal Tracking

WinterFest

Sunday, January 25th, 2015, 1:00-4:00pm

It's our annual celebration of winter, WinterFest! More details coming soon, mark your calendars now.

WinterFest

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

Monday, January 26th, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm

A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! A sampling of River Bend's best programs, just for homeschoolers! During this class, participants will learn to read a variety of signs andimals leave as they go about their daily activities. Participants can also become nature detectives to find out whose track it is and what the animal was doing there. Dress warm and wear warm boots.

Homeschool Programs
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