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Updated 4/16/14

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

APRIL
Singles in Nature: Geocaching 101
Open to ages 30-59. Cost: $8 per person; $5 per River Bend member.
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Saturday, April 19th, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Our goal is to provide a casual environment where single men and women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s can join together to develop new friendships and foster new relationships. All are welcome regardless of orientation, religion, or type of relationship sought.

Singles in Nature

Spring Sounds
Open to all ages. Cost: $4 per person or $8 per family; $2 for River Bend members.

Saturday, April 26th, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm

Have you ever wondered what is making all that noise during spring and summer nights? Well, join us for an evening hike to listen for and identify some of the commonly heard spring sounds. We will focus on frogs, birds, and maybe even some insects while also exploring for nocturnal creatures. Please bring a flashlight.

Spring Sounds

Maple Syrup Fun Run 10K, 5K & 1 Mile
Open to all ages.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

See our Fun Run web page for all the details about our 9th annual Maple Syrup Fun Run!

Maple Syrup Fun Run

Pancake Brunch
Open to all ages.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014, 10:00am-1:00pm

See our Pancake Brunch web page for all the details about this delicious event!

Pancake Brunch

Anything to Say or Sing About Book Group
Anybody is welcome to join this casual discussion!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, 7:00-8:00pm

This April, River Bend Nature Center’s reading group will be discussing Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, a memoir by American author and essayist Edward Abbey. This book, published in 1968, is centered around Abbey’s time spent as a park ranger in Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah. This piece of non-fiction brought Abbey critical acclaim as an environmental, political, and philosophical writer.

Book Group
Fundamentals of Archery
Open to ages 7 & up. Cost: $10 per person; $5 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Wednesday, April 30th, 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.

OAP: Geocaching
MAY

Bagels & Birds
Free and open to all ages.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 9:30-10:30am

Join a naturalist in the comfort of the building to observe bird (and other) visitors to our backyard habitat feeding area. Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife.

Bagels & Birds

CANCELLED -- Indoor Rock Climbing

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

 

Free Animal Feeding
Free and open to all ages.

Monday, May 5th, 2014, 6:30-7:30pm

Come and watch how our animal ambassadors eat! How can a snake swallow something five times the size of their head? What does a turtle eat? This program is free and open to the public. Donations accepted to help feed the animals.

 
Lectures in Nature: Rain Gardens with Dustin Demmer
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per person; $3 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014, 6:30-7:30pm

Join Dustin Demmer from Blazing Star Gardens as we learn about developing rain gardens and their benefit to the envrionment.

 

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

Tuesday, May 6th, 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.

 

CANCELLED -- Grandkids in Nature: Fundamentals of Archery

 

Thursday, May 8th, 2014, 3:30-5:00pm

 
Women in Nature: Fishing
Open to adult women. Cost: $5 per person; $3 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Friday, May 9th, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm

Join us for our all new Women in Nature series, a monthly outdoor skills and natural history-based program specifically for women. Women in Nature (WIN) programs will take place the 2nd Friday of the month and will vary in lengths, times and prices according to the activities planned. River Bend will also have activities for children ages 5 to 12 during the times of the class for participants who wish to bring them.

Limited number of fishing poles, carpool or ride in RBee (the River Bend van) to local lake, must have MN Fishing license if over 16.

Women in Nature

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

Tuesday, May 13th, 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.

 
Nature at Night Youth Lock-in
Open to ages 8 to 12. Cost: $15 per person; $12 for River Bend members.
Pre-registration is required.
Register

Friday, May 16th, 2014, 6:00pm to Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 10:00am

Come join River Bend's naturalists for a youth-only lock-in and explore nature at night! We'll have lots of fun exploring the Nature Center after dark and learning more about the animals that come out once the sun has gone down. It's the full moon, so weather dependent activities may include: tent camping, night hike, arts and crafts, movie, etc. Plus, a special guest from the Raptor Center in St. Paul will visit us during our lock-in! We'll have pizza for dinner and s'mores over the campfire for desert; breakfast also provided on Saturday morning. Tents will be provided. Participants should bring their own sleeping pad, bag & pillow or rent sleeping bag and pad from River Bend. Please designate any food allergies when registering.

Nature at Night Youth Lock-in

CANCELLED -- Geocaching 101

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

 

Raptors of Minnesota
Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family; $4 per person for River Bend members.

Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 11:30am-12:30pm

River Bend Nature Center will be hosting a “Raptors of Minnesota” program. We will be covering the six different types of raptors. What makes a raptor a raptor and how you can identify them. We will meet raptors from the Raptor Center and depending on the comfort level of the birds we will take pictures of and with the birds.

Raptors of MN
Bird Banding with Dan & Erika Tallman
Open to all ages. Cost: Free!
 

Sunday, May 18th, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Why do people band birds?  To see where they go, of course, and also to see if the same birds return to the same place each spring.  Banding also provides clues to how long birds live, what birds are found in the area across the seasons, and serves as an educational tool for people of all ages to learn about birding and conservation. 

Dan and Erika Tallman earned their Ph.D.s at Louisiana State University and taught biology at Northern State University from 1979 until 2006. They are federally and state licensed bird banders. They now live in Northfield, where Dan photographs birds, offers free ornithology courses, and writes a phenology blog. You can find the blog at http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com/. Dan's most recent book, The White Album: Portraits of Minnesota Birds, features 91 close-up photographs of native birds.

Bird Banding

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

Tuesday, May 20th, 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.

 
O.W.L.S.: Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors Luncheon Series
May Topic: Climate Change & You with Alan Anderson
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, May 21st, 2014, 12:00-2:00pm

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

Tuesday, May 27th, 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.

 
« Our mission is to help people discover, enjoy, understand, and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us. »
  River Bend Nature Center a donor-supported, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
PO Box 186, 1000 Rustad Rd, Faribault, MN 55021-0186 USA
 507.332.7151  |   rbncinfo@rbnc.org
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