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26 Homeschool: Winter Animal Tracking
27 Master Naturalist Training
27 Nature Book Club
4 Lifelong Learning: Conquer Your Fears
7 Bagels & Birds
11 Nfld. OWLS Lunch
13 Snow Day!
13-14 V-Day Youth Lock-in
14 Fat Bike Event
18 OWLS Lunch
18 Restoration Club
22 Antlers & Aging
23 Homeschool: Winter Fun
24 Nature Book Club

Trail Hours
Daily from 6am to 10pm

Interpretive Center Hours
Mon-Fri from 8am to 5pm
Sat from 9am to 4pm
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River Bend News & Notes

WinterFest is Sunday!

Join us this Sunday the 25th for WinterFest! We'll be celebrating the winter season with sleigh rides, games, blizzard mini golf, live animal shows, carolers, crafts, and a photo both! Plus, we'll have snowshoe, ski, and fat bike clinics so you can try out any or all of these fun winter activities. Join us from 1-4pm for WinterFest!

Valentine's Day Youth Lock-In for 8-12 Year Olds
Plus, Snow Day!

River Bend is offering a Valentine's Day Lock-in for youth ages 8 to 12 year old on February 13th to 14th. The program offers children a chance to do something fun to celebrate Valentine's Day by sleeping over at the Nature Center and doing tons of fun naturalist-led activities like snowshoeing, kicksledding, watching movies, cooking s'mores on the campfire, and more. Dinner, breakfast, and snacks are included. To register your child for our Valentine's Day Lock-in, please visit our Public Programs page.

February 13th is also a no-school day in Faribault and freed students aged 8 to 12 are invited to join us for an afternoon of snowy fun at Snow Day! We'll play some wintery games outside, learn about snow and birds, make our own bird houses and feeders, and snowshoe and cross-country ski. To register for Snow Day!, visit our Public Programs page.

Register for both Snow Day! and the Valentine's Day Youth Lock-in you will receive a $10 discount!

OWLS: Now Also at Northfield Senior Center

Our OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors) lunch and learn program for seniors will be hitting the road for the Northfield Senior Center in January, February, and March. This program will be in addition to our regular OWLS program at River Bend Nature Center. The Northfield OWLS program will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:30am to 12:00pm and features a talk followed by lunch. The three Northfield speakers will be:

  • January: Dave Angell -- Wildlife Photographer & Retired Biology Teacher,
  • February: Margot Monson -- Entemologist,
  • March: Beth Kallestad -- Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

For more information about Northfield OWLS or "classic" OWLS, please visit our Public Programs page.


Ski Trail Status
Trails have been groomed and are in reasonable condition for skiing. Raspberry & Cherry trails are "iffy".


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