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MARCH
Science Club: Animal Adaptations
Open to students from Faribault's Jefferson, Lincoln, & Roosevelt elementaries in grades 1-5. Cost: $15 (Scholarships available, see below).
Pre-registration is required by Friday, March 4th, 2016. Limit 20 students per school.
 

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 1:00-4:00pm

Join the fun at River Bend Nature Center Science Club! Science Club is the early-release day science program for Faribault elementary school students at Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. This program is for 1st through 5th graders. Participation is limited to the first 20 students to register.

Scholarship discounts are available to students qualifying for the free/reduced price lunch program. Those eligible for the scholarship will receive a 50% discount on the cost of the program.

Students will be picked up from school by bus and transported to River Bend Nature Center after school releases for the day. After Science Club, students will be bused back to their school where they need to be picked up by their parent/guardian. Times students leave from and arrive back at school vary by school, see registration for specific times.

Science Club
Nature Trivia Bee
Teams open to adults. Cost: $80 per trivia team (up to 4 people per team).
Pre-registration required by Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 for trivia teams.
 

Spectators of all ages are welcome. Cost: Free (donations encouraged).

Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 7:00pm

River Bend invites you to join us for our 2nd Annual Nature Trivia Bee! This friendly, group competition will pit you against other teams to test your knowledge of the natural world. Our questions will include a variety of topics like reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals, weather, geology and more. Participants work as a group to answer questions on their trivia bee quiz card and those with the most correct answers at the end of the night will be crowned the Nature Trivia champions!

Register your team online (link above) or by phone at 507.332.7151. We encourage businesses, organizations, educators, community groups, and the public to form a team to showcase their business/organization pride.

Nature Trivia Bee

Maple Syrup Open House
Open to all ages. Cost: Free!

Date will be determined based on sap conditions.

Have you ever tapped a sugar maple tree in spring and seen the clear, slightly sweet sap dripping out? Have you ever seen a sap evaporating station in action? Do you know who first discovered that tree sap could be turned into delicious maple syrup? Come out to River Bend for our annual Maple Syrup Open House and see the entire maple syruping process from start to finish! Our naturalists and maple syrup volunteers will teach you how to identify a sugar maple when it has no leaves, show you how to use a bit to drill a hole in the tree, and how to insert the spile just right for max sap drippage. Observe our evaporation station where we boil the sap down into maple syrup, learn the history of maple syrup, and -- of course! -- try the finished golden maple syrup.

Maple Syrup Open House
OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 per person ($10 per member).
Pre-registration is required by March 9th.
Register

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 12:00-2:00pm

Topic: Star Stories: Not just for the Greeks

Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. Nearly every ancient culture has looked up at the stars and seen fantastic stories sown together by the twinkling lights. So why is it that we only hear about Greek constellations like Orion, Cassiopeia, or Leo? Branch out and join us for star stories that span continents and cultures.

OWLS

Restoration Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free
New members welcome anytime, no pre-registration required.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 3:00-5:00pm

Join us once a month for a land restoration work day. Every month we will 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
Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 7:00-8:00pm

Join us once a month for a nature book club and discussion. Check back here or call us for the title of this month's book.

Nature Book Club

Homeschool Program: Kitchen Chemistry Science Experiments
Open to homeschoolers in K-6th grade. Cost: $8 per child.
Pre-registration is required by March 25th.

Monday, March 28th, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm

See our Homeschool page for program description and registration link.

Homeschool Programs
APRIL

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

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, 9:30-10:30am

Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife. We'll meet in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to the newly refurbished Windows on the Wild backyard habitat feeding area. Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books, and conversation will make this a great way to start the day.

Bagels & Birds
Lifelong Learning: Waste Water Treatment Plant Tour (Cancelled)
Open to seniors and other interested adults. Cost: $10 ($8 for members).
Pre-registration is required by April 1st, 2016.
Register

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 1:00-3:00pm

Public Works Director Travis Block will give us a look at the water treatment process that waste water goes through when it is collected and discharged. Meet in the River Bend main parking lot at 1pm for a ride in our passenger van to the waste water facility.

Lifelong Learning
Nature at Night Youth Lock-in
Open to youth ages 8-12. Cost: $25 ($20 for members).
Pre-registration is required by April 1st. Limit 20 participants.
Register

Friday, April 8th, 2016, 6:00pm to Saturday, April 9th, 9:00am

Discover what happens in nature at night during a youth-only lock-in with two of River Bend's naturalists! We will explore River Bend through activities such as a night hike, star gazing, games, and crafts. Pizza will be provided for dinner with s'mores for dessert. Breakfast is also provided. Bring clothes for spending time outdoors. Bring a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and pillow. Sleeping bags and pads are available for rent if needed, call us to reserve rentals (507.332.7151)..

Nature at Night Youth Lock-in
Science Club: Head in the Clouds - Weather Fun
Open to students from Faribault's Jefferson, Lincoln, & Roosevelt elementaries in grades 1-5. Cost: $15 (Scholarships available, see below).
Pre-registration is required by Friday, April 8th, 2016. Limit 20 students per school.
Register

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 1:00-4:00pm

Join the fun at River Bend Nature Center Science Club! Science Club is the early-release day science program for Faribault elementary school students at Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. This program is for 1st through 5th graders. Participation is limited to the first 20 students to register.

Scholarship discounts are available to students qualifying for the free/reduced price lunch program. Those eligible for the scholarship will receive a 50% discount on the cost of the program.

Students will be picked up from school by bus and transported to River Bend Nature Center after school releases for the day. After Science Club, students will be bused back to their school where they need to be picked up by their parent/guardian. Times students leave from and arrive back at school vary by school, see registration for specific times.

Science Club
OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 per person ($10 per member).
Pre-registration is required by April 13th.
Register

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 12:00-2:00pm

Topic: Canoeing the Border Route with Patrick Mader

Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. Faribault native Patrick Mader will be presenting about his experience in the Boundry Waters Canoe Area. He will discuss his experience on the border route between Minnesota and Canada.

OWLS

Restoration Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free
New members welcome anytime, no pre-registration required.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 3:00-5:00pm

Join us once a month for a land restoration work day. Every month we will 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

Homeschool Program: Mushroom Madness
Open to homeschoolers in K-6th grade. Cost: $8 per child.
Pre-registration is required by April 22nd.

Monday, April 25th, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm

See our Homeschool page for program description and registration link.

Homeschool Programs
Nature Book Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 7:00-8:00pm

Join us once a month for a nature book club and discussion. Check back here or call us for the title of this month's book.

Nature Book Club
MAY

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

Saturday, May 7th, 2016, 9:30-10:30am

Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife. We'll meet in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to the newly refurbished Windows on the Wild backyard habitat feeding area. Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books, and conversation will make this a great way to start the day.

Bagels & Birds
Science Club: Pretty Pollinators
Open to students from Faribault's Jefferson, Lincoln, & Roosevelt elementaries in grades 1-5. Cost: $15 (Scholarships available, see below).
Pre-registration is required by Friday, May 8th, 2016. Limit 20 students per school.
Register

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 1:00-4:00pm

Join the fun at River Bend Nature Center Science Club! Science Club is the early-release day science program for Faribault elementary school students at Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. This program is for 1st through 5th graders. Participation is limited to the first 20 students to register.

Scholarship discounts are available to students qualifying for the free/reduced price lunch program. Those eligible for the scholarship will receive a 50% discount on the cost of the program.

Students will be picked up from school by bus and transported to River Bend Nature Center after school releases for the day. After Science Club, students will be bused back to their school where they need to be picked up by their parent/guardian. Times students leave from and arrive back at school vary by school, see registration for specific times.

Science Club

Maple Syrup Fun Run 10K/5K Runs & 1Mile Walk
Open to all ages. Cost: TBA
Pre-registration and day-of registration will be available for this race. Pre-reg starts March 1st, 2016.

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

The annual Maple Syrup Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th, 2016. Our races include 10K and 5K trail runs (timed) and a casual one-mile walk (untimed).

Race entry fee includes entry to our Pancake Brunch after the Fun Run, and a race shirt (while supplies last).

Maple Syrup Fun Run

Pancake Brunch
Open to everyone! Cost: TBA

Saturday,May 14th, 2016

Come out to River Bend's Interpretive Center for delicious pancakes topped with River Bend's own real maple syrup. We'll also have sausages, coffee, and juice to accompany our pancakes. Times and prices will be announced in

Pancake Brunch
OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors)
Open to seniors. Cost: $12 per person ($10 per member).
Pre-registration is required by May 11th.
Register

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 12:00-2:00pm

Topic: Permaculture with Marie Fargo

Join us once a month for a catered meal and nature presentation. Learn the basics of permaculture, a sustainable agriculture practice that works with natural systems. River Bend naturalist Marie Fargo will share her stories of permaculture in Kenya, and we will make connections to methods we can use here in Minnesota.

OWLS

Restoration Club
Open to adults. Cost: Free
New members welcome anytime, no pre-registration required.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 4:00-6:00pm

Join us once a month for a land restoration work day. Every month we will 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

Homeschool Program: Not-so-scary Snakes and Spiders
Open to homeschoolers in K-6th grade. Cost: $8 per child.
Pre-registration is required by May 20th.

Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm

See our Homeschool page for program description and registration link.

Homeschool Programs
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