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Updated 11/20/14

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

NOVEMBER
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

Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 7:00-8:00pm

This month's book is Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery. It is about a 67 year old women that walked the 2,050 mile Appalachian Trail in 1955 without any special gear or walking shoes.

Nature Book Club
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
DIY Upcycled Sweater Mittens
Open to ages 12 & up. Cost: $5 per person ($3 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration is required by December 3rd.
Register

Saturday, January 6th, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Join us to create cute and cozy mittens from your old sweaters to stay warm this winter!

DIY Upcycled Sweater Mittens

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
Nature Conversations: Water & River Issues
Open to adults. Cost: $5 per person ($3 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

This month’s discussion topic is Water and River Issues. Beth Kallestad from CRWP will be joining us to add her expertise on the topic.

Join us once a month for a Nature Conversations group. Each month there will be a new nature topic to discuss. It is a casual discussion held among members where a professional that specializes in the month’s topic of interest will be invited to attend and partake. Those interested in attending are encouraged to research the topic and bring in a writing that you think pertains well to the topic. It could be a book, journal, poem, quote, video, etc.

Nature Conversations

Introduction to Rain Gardens and Native Plants
Open to adults. Cost: Free!
Pre-registration preferred, not required. Register by calling 507.332.7151 or emailing shimek@rbnc.org.

Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 10:00-11:00am

If you are interested in learning more about rain gardens or establishing native plants in your landscaping, this is the class for you! Join us to learn how planting a rain garden and native plants can help improve water quality and support pollinators! Our speaker will be Dustin Demmer from Blazing Star Gardens LCC. Free wildflower and prairie grass seed will be available for participants.

Intro to Rain Gardens
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
Geminids Meteor Shower
Open to all ages (children with an adult). Cost: $5 per person ($3 per River Bend member).
Pre-registration is required by December 10th.
Register

Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 8:30-10:00pm

The peak of the Geminids Meteor Shower is coming up on December 13th and 14th. This meteor shower is one of the most spectacular of the year. Come learn about this yearly phenomenon and take a short hike to gaze at the stars. Hot beverages will be provided to warm up after our late night hike. Wear warm clothes and bring a chair or blanket if you wish!

Geminids Meteor Shower
Bus Trip to the National Eagle Center -- CANCELLED
 

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

 
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

Restoration Club
Open to all ages. Cost: Free
Pre-registartion preferred, not required.
To pre-register, contact Kaytlan Moeller (507.332.7151 or kaytlan@rbnc.org).

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 4:00-5:00pm

This restoration club will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We will meet at the Interpretive Center to cover a basis of what we will be doing that day and then head out on to the River Bend property to learn about restoration techniques and implement them on the property.

Restoration Club

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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