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Kids in Nature Fundraising Campaign

River Bend Nature Center has set a goal of $80,000 for its first Kids in Nature Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise $80,000 by the end 2015. The money will be used to help fund environmental/outdoor education programs at River Bend. “The last few years we ended the year with a budget deficit and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.” said Ben Van Gundy, Executive Director of River Bend Nature Center, “River Bend Nature Center is positive institution in this area and River Bend needs support of the community to carry out its healthy wholesome programs for children and adults.” The Richard Carlander Family will match all donations up to $10,000 and the State Bank of Faribault has provided $1,000. You can donate by check or credit card, or give online at rbnc.org/donate.

River Bend Nature Center provides environmental/outdoor educational programming to over 8,500 children and 5,000 adults from Northfield, Faribault, Owatonna, and the surrounding area every year. These programs are needed because children today are sending less time in nature than any time in human history. The health of children is a risk because they spend many hours a day in front of electronic media. Spending time in nature has shown to have positive effects on the mental, physical, and spiritual heath of people. Also people that spend time in nature will likely be more protective of our environment.

Please consider giving a special gift to the Kids in Nature Campaign!!!!

Fall Deer Management Hunt Open for Applications

River Bend Nature Center's fall deer management hunt applications are now available via the links below. The archery-only deer management hunt will be held November 7-10, 2015. The application deadline is September 14, 2015. A total of 20-30 hunters will be selected from the complete applications we receive and those selected will be notified by September 18, 2015 by email. Applicants must be current River Bend Nature Center members, to become a member, visit our membership web page at rbnc.org/membership.

RambleRamble Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets to River Bend's 34th Annual Ramble fundraiser dinner and auctions are on sale now. Order your tickets online today!

Summer 2015 NewsletterSummer Newsletter Issue Online

Our summer newsletter issue has hit the pavement and the Internet. Read through the latest happenings at River Bend, learn something new about the natural world, and find out what we're up to for the rest of the summer. Read it here: Summer 2015 Newsletter.

2014 Annual Report Published

Our Annual Report for 2014 was published in May and is now available online. In it we report on our finances, programming activities, donors, volunteers, and much more from last year. Read it here: 2014 Annual Report.

Found a Hurt/Orphaned/Baby Animal? Here's what to do!

First of all, River Bend can not take in animals of any kind. We are not licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Our expertise is in nature education not wildlife medicine.

In virtually all cases, River Bend encourages anyone who finds an injured, "orphaned," or baby animal to leave it where found, protect it from children and domestic pets, and let nature take its course (after all, injured, sick, and young animals are all very important in the food chain). Many wild babies, especially deer and rabbits, are often mistaken for being orphaned when they are not. Wild animals should not be handled with bare hands, treated like pets, given food or water, or taken indoors, except under the direction of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota is the only real wildlife rehab facility in the area and they are available for animal questions call 651-486-9453. They also have a very helpful frequently asked questions page on their website to help guide you in what to do.

If you have found an injured raptor (bird of prey: owls, hawks, eagles, falcons), the University of Minnesota Raptor Center is the only rehabilitation center for these types of birds in the area or call 612-624-4745. It is unlawful to possess live or dead raptor specimens. Rehabilitiation of migratory birds requires a permit from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and a MN DNR permit.


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