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River Bend News & Notes

Homeschool Programs Announced

River Bend's homeschool programs are back this school year with new and exciting topics for homeschooled kids from Kindergarten through sixth grade. Classes will take place on the last Monday of each month September through May (excluding December) from 2:00-3:30pm. Pre-registration is required by the Friday before the program, see our Homeschool page for details about each month's session.

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 Closed

River Bend Nature Center's fall deer management hunt application process is now closed. The archery-only deer management hunt will be held November 7-10, 2015. The application deadline was September 14, 2015. A total of 20-30 hunters were selected from the completed applications we received and those selected have been notified. Thank you to all who applied!

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.


« 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.
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