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The goats are back and are (mostly) hard at work eating up all the extremely harmful garlic mustard that has invaded our forest in spots. This was Sunday night when all the goats decided to take a break from munching delicious garlic mustard and were found vying for position on one very long fallen tree. :) Goat Dispatch
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Another video of the flooding happening here! This was taken right off of Owl trail. If you watch closely you can see where Trout lily trail use to intersect with Owl but is now completely flooded
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A Spring Chorus
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Joe Corbett
· May 16, 2017
I walk about the nature center almost every weekend! It's a great place to excersize and experience nature, and a great place to bring your family if you don't want to travel too far to see the out doors.
Shelly Clark
· March 7, 2017
I have been visiting the River Bend Nature Center for going on 11yrs now. It is my families home away from home. Its very peaceful. All the different trails make it great for hiking. We go there so much I swear the deer know our vehicle and pose for pictures.
Brandy Bauer
· December 3, 2015
I love the nature center I not only go there to walk with my family and dogs, but I also love taking family photos there. I go all throughout the year, I grew u...p in Faribault and have had so many great visits. There are numerous beautiful areas to take great pictures and just enjoy your surroundings.

From the teepee they set up to the view of the river. No matter the time of year you can't beat a visit to the nature center (did I mention it's free to visit and park). They have a wonderful main building with toys, mounts, exhibits, books and live animals for children and adults to enjoy.

You can hike, bike, walk, cross country ski, snow shoe. Watch the turtles in the turtle pond, spot a deer, or watch the goats clear out the over growth.

Even join them at Halloween or during the holiday season for either a dog sled ride or horse drawn sleigh ride. Also watching them when they make maple syrup. They host so many different public events. I'd suggest liking them on their Facebook page and following their events.

They even have a serene overlook with engraved bricks you can purchase in memory of a loved one (or any reason you would like). My family has one for my brother, Ben Smith, and I love stopping by to see it when I'm there.

I can't recommend a visit to the Riverbend Nature Center enough. In the evenings you can hear the drum ceremony coming from near by and it's really beautiful on a evening stroll. I could go on and on, but I hope you visit and make your own memories.
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Julie Kasper Schiffer
· September 18, 2016
The nature center is truly a gem for the city of Faribault. I visit often--year round--and always enjoy the wildlife and beautiful settings. Lots of fun programs to join as well!
Penny Dinneen Hillemann
· November 12, 2015
River Bend has 743 acres of beautiful mixed habitat, 10 miles of trails for walking, running, skiing, biking, etc., and amazing environmental and outdoor educat...ion programs for kids and adults. It's a wonderful place for family outings or a peaceful stroll, and there are fun events scheduled throughout the year. The Interpretive Center is definitely worth a visit for its exhibits and live animals. See More
Betty Silbernagle Heacock
· April 19, 2017
I have always loved going there with my grandkids and camera
Samantha Bradley
· October 26, 2016
You can never get bored here, there are so many paths, so many different vantage points, so many different animals!
Chandler Apling
· January 24, 2017
A awesome place for a walk and see animals.!!!!!!!!
Madison Huber
· October 30, 2016
I had a lot of fun there! I always love coming here to admire the nature. Not to mention there's a bunch of paths that share great views and I normally get to see and hear different animals.
Lisa Harrison Johnson
· January 15, 2017
I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the knowledgeable staff!
Amanda Lynn Bakken
· October 17, 2016
Love going there with the kids. Getting out and enjoying nature.
Sarah Dull
· April 28, 2016
Educational, very peaceful place to be. I only wish for more benches to sit & water fountains
Latoya Johnson
· November 11, 2016
My boys and I had a really great time...hope come back in visit again
Alex J Meyer
· October 3, 2015
It has many different aspects of nature and paced trails as well as unpaved for hiking or biking.
Kristin Lundin Nesseth
June 13, 2013
Kids came home from a week of Adventure Camp. Rock climbing was a huge hit. Trip to Red Wing to climb the bluffs. Checking out Family Rock climbing after a challenge from my 7 year old.
Stephen Douglas DeNeui
· September 17, 2015
My son was married there, it was a beautiful setting and the staff was very accommodating!
Amanda Gruber
· October 26, 2014
Fabulous place, a perfect day is a day at the Nature Center.
Amy Werner Hunter
· June 2, 2016
Excellent & various hiking trails. Fun for the whole family!!
Dawn Brossard
· September 30, 2015
Beautiful place to walk! Great programs and events.
Janel Schirmacher
· December 21, 2014
Amazing staff and wonderful trails. Your all doing a beautiful job.
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We only have one more Adventure is out There camp with openings and it's scheduled for next week! We are opening it to ages 10 and up. Sign up today before our last couple of spots fill up! https://riverbend.z2systems.com/…/clie…/riverbend/event.jsp…&

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River Bend has 743 acres of green and blue space for you to explore. What do you think, does spending time outdoors in nature improve your health?

Science is proving what we intuitively feel: nature is rejuvenating for brain and body
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Have you ever to wanted to search the woods for Big Foot? Want to go swimming with a lake monster? Can you REALLY grow your own Paul Bunyan beard in a DAY? Learn all about the mysterious monsters that roam the great state of Minnesota during this 4 day half day camp! Maybe even create your own Minnesota tall-tale! If I was still a kid, I would say, “SIGN ME UP, MOM!” https://riverbend.z2systems.com/…/clie…/riverbend/event.jsp…&

Here are the newest members of the River Bend Nature Center family! These three ladies are here for the entirety of the summer, helping out and teaching summer camps to all the little humans that come walking through our doors! Click here to get to know the new faces of RBNC! https://rbnc.wordpress.com/

A blog about the adventures and happenings that can be found outside.
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Have you seen a yellow flower blooming at River Bend? It may have been wild parsnip-- a noxious invasive plant. Read our latest blog post to learn more about the harm it can cause, and also head to the interpretive center on July 12th or 23rd to help us remove it from the park.

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Are you passionate about RBNC, our mission to help people discover, enjoy, understand and preserve the incredible natural world, and willing to bring your skills to help lead the organization and be an ambassador in the community for our work? Apply to be a member of our Board of Directors by visiting www.rbnc.org! Hurry - applications are due by the end of the day July 10.

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Want to hit the trails? There's still one spot remaining in our Hike it or Bike it summer camp! Call 507-332-7151 or visit our website to register!

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Head over to the interpretive center tomorrow for a special meet and great with our resident turtle, and to explore the adaptions that make turtles unique!

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Sat 9:30 AM CDTRiver Bend Nature CenterFaribault, MN
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Have you ever been rock climbing, zip lining, canoeing, fishing, slacklining, and done archery in one week?? Well, we have a few spots open in our upcoming Adventure is Out There camps (session 4 and 5) for you to experience all of those things and more! https://riverbend.z2systems.com/…/clie…/riverbend/event.jsp…

Date: July 17th-20th. Time: M-Th, 9am to 4pm. Cost: $275 ($250 for River Bend members). Click camp name for details.
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Are you looking for a new hiking trail? Wanting to see new sights? Are you bored with sidewalks and cars? Do you want to see more wildlife?!
Then read my newest blog post A Newbies Guide to River Bend and come out to RBNC for a fun filled day of nature! Whether you are the new kid on the block or a member of the center, this post is MUST-READ!http://wp.me/p2CtPe-mC

To the Newbies of River Bend! WELCOOME! Just a few short weeks ago, I too, was a newbie of RBNC. I lived and grew up in Owatonna, and somehow had never heard of this magical little corner of…
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We've got a great program line-up this weekend at the nature center! From arts and crafts to exploring aquatic worlds, there's something for everyone! Click on the program links for more details.

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JUL1
Sat 11:30 AM CDTRiver Bend Nature CenterFaribault, MN

Check out the next chapter in our monarch blog post series! How many monarchs have you seen this summer?https://rbnc.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/growing-up-monarch-4/

“Growing up Monarch” is an on-going segment in the River Bend blog that follows the lives of several monarch butterflies as they grow from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to adult. We’ll be upda…
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It's a perfect night for a bonfire! Head over to the amphitheater tonight for this free program!

JUN23
Fri 8:00 PM CDTRiver Bend Nature CenterFaribault, MN
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