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March 2013
In This Issue
Volunteer Planting Day
Spring Break Camps Available
Summer Camp Registration
Philadelphia Science Festival
Thursday Morning Volunteers
Eco-message and activity
A Big Thank You To Our Corporate Partner, Bryn Mawr Trust Company!
A Message from the Executive Director

Imagine this: five year old children being able to spend a big chunk of every school day playing, exploring, and learning outside! While this has been a concept that has thrived in Northern Europe for more than fifty years, it is not yet the norm here in the States. However, there is growing grassroots movement of nature pre-schools opening up across the country and of more traditional pre-schools adding an outdoor/nature component to their program. It seems that the movement to get kids outside and connecting to nature that started with Richard Louv's book published in 2005 titled "No Child Left Inside, Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder" is really starting to catch on!


Riverbend is thrilled to be adding to this movement with the introduction of a Kindergarten enrichment program. Starting in September, we will provide a half-day program that complements the traditional half-day Kindergarten. The program will align with PA Early Learning Standards and provide opportunities for children to develop their physical and mental health, deep connections with nature, and strong ties to their surrounding community in a safe, nurturing and positive environment.


The program will include a seasonally oriented, age appropriate, and balanced curriculum with significant time outside. Nature allows children the freedom to play and playing outside for prolonged periods has a positive effect on children's development and has been identified as the most common influence on the development of life-long conservation values.


"I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel when introducing a young child to the natural world. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil." -Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder


I believe as Rachel Carson believed, and I am so looking forward to meeting the 30 (15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon) lucky children and their families that will be joining us in our inaugural Kindergarten Enrichment Program in September.


All the best,

Laurie Bachman

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To learn more about our kindergarten program, click here!
Join Us For Volunteer Planting Day!
Sunday, April 7th 

Celebrate spring at Riverbend! Help us to plant ferns, flowering perennials and shrubs on our preserve.  It promises to be a fun and rewarding outdoor time with you family.  

Registration is required. Please contact Jeanne Angell at or 610-527-5234 x110.


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Year Round Camp Offered for Spring Break
We offer some exciting camp days around the holidays for busy parents! Sign them up for a couple of days or the whole week. 
Monday, March 25th- Friday, March 29th 
Nature in Spring

Monday, April 1st- Friday, April 5th  
Eco Warriors

What you need to know:

* Ages: 4-10 years old

* Times: 9:00am- 3:30pm (extended day option from 8:00am- 6:00pm available)

*Fees: $75 per day for non-members, $20 additional per day for extended option

* Campers need to bring clothing appropriate for the weather, a bagged lunch and a water bottle

* To register, visit here or contact Stacy Carr-Poole at 610-527-5234 X108 or  
Summer Camp Registration Is Underway!

Beginning June 10th through August 30th Riverbend offers a multitude of camps to engage and delight your 4 to 14 year old.

NEW! Adventure Camps for 10-14 year old campers.  With a combination of overnight camping trips and day programs, our Adventure Camps foster teamwork, confidence and exploration.

Registration is now a streamlined process using Active Network. Everything you need for registration is available online.  

To learn more about our Exploration and Adventure Camp programs, visit our camp page.

Visit Riverbend during the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Science Festival   
Philly Science Festival   

Riverbend is a proud partner of the Philadelphia Science festival since its inception in 2011. The festival brings together more than 250 partnerships and collaborations, taking science out of the classroom and into restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and even onto street corners. More than 120,000 people (including an estimated 30,000+students) have participated in programs, most of them free or offered at-cost, in the first two years.    


This year Riverbend will be: 

* At the Science Carnival on Saturday April 20th from 11 am to 4 pm on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

* Hosting an Astronomy Night on Friday evening April 26th 

* Doing Neighborhood Science Programs in Wynnefield and Logan Libraries


To learn more about the Philadelphia Science Festival, visit their website at  


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Eco-Message and Activity
Get Outside and Explore! 

By: Kelly Myers


Kids are naturally curious so this is a great time of the year to get them outside observing the many changes that happen during the transition from winter to spring. Here are some fun activities to get your family outdoors.  Continue Reading...



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Call for Thursday Morning Volunteers!
Want to enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise and help the environment?   
Come join our team of volunteers on Thursday mornings from 9:30-12 as we get our property ready for spring. We'll be weeding, mulching gardens and paths, clearing trails, pulling invasive plants in our woodland restoration project, and planting trees, shrubs and native plants.

If you would like to join us, contact Jeanne Angell at or 610-527-5234 x110 (Tues-Thurs).

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Wish List 
We appreciate every donation we receive at Riverbend. Our offices and garden equipment always could use a little TLC. Help us by donating in-kind gifts from our wish list!

* Office Chairs and Desks
* Camera 
* 40-48" Round office table
* Lego Blocks
* Children's Board Games
Behind the 'Bend  

We added a new member to our Riverbend family! Hannah Matthews, daughter of our Development and Communications Associate Lisa Matthews, came into the world on December 5th.

We look forward to her playing in the stream and exploring our trails at Riverbend in a few years!

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"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, "the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings."
-David Sobel, Beyond Ecophobia