May 2015
Message from the Executive Director

 

It's here! The aquaponics greenhouse we have talked so much about is a reality and we can't wait to put it into action! We are deeply grateful for the generosity of all the individuals, foundations and corporations who made this idea a reality. Your investment promises to deliver important environmental and educational outcomes using a unique platform.


 

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Summer Solstice Celebration
June 19th
6:00 pm- 8:30 pm

Stream Stomp
June 27th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Family Camp Out
July 10th- 11th
6:00 pm - 9:00 am

Teen Volunteer Program
Do you want to help the environment and learn about working at a nature center?  This summer we are organizing a weekly volunteer day for students aged 13 and up. For questions contact Property and Volunteer Manager




Be a Part of Our Family!


Save the Date for our annual Summer Solstice Celebration!
June 19th  6:00-8:30 pm

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Please welcome our newest Board Members!
Joshua Bailer, Doreen Masalta and Jimmy Owens

 

 
We are so pleased to announce that Joshua Bailer, Doreen Masalta and Jimmy Owens have been elected as Riverbend's newest serving members of the Board of Directors.
 

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Meet Our Donors: Peter Grove

Riverbend's donors are a dedicated and inspiring group of people that support bringing children closer to nature through hands-on learning. Learn more about the people who make our work possible!

 

 

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Calling all Philly Teachers!

Summer Inquiry Science Institute 
August 10th-14th
 
Riverbend, in partnership with the Franklin Institute, is once again offering a week-long professional development for K-5th grade teachers in the School District of Philadelphia. Part of our Philadelphia Children Access Nature program, this opportunity will immerse teachers in science as we explore how inquiry science can look in the classroom. Find out more on our Science Inquiry Info Sheet

Questions? please contact Director of Education Stacy Carr-Poole at  scarr@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 x108.
 

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Outdoor Classroom & Boardwalk Renewal

 

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The Charles Lieberman Outdoor Classroom, built in 1993, is a hub of activity and provides invaluable space to host countless programs. Thanks to a generous grant from the McLean Contributionship, some nice improvements were made this spring- just in time for our busy field trip season and summer camp!


 

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Eco Activity: Thank you pollinators!

 

Bzzzz.... Bzzzz.... Many start noticing that spring has arrived when they hear the first sounds of bees buzzing around the yard. These busy little ladies along with hummingbirds, fruit bats, butterflies, beetles, and even ants, play a critical role in pollination and are to thank for at least one out of every three bites of food! Spring is a great time of the year to introduce children to the concept of pollination with all the beautiful flowers blooming and attracting local pollinators to your yard. Check out this fun way to help children understand pollination and enjoy a special snack at the same time! 

 

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Behind the 'Bend
Here is a sneak peak at the inside of our Aquaponics Greenhouse. This picture shows our 5 growing beds (and fish tank)  where plants will soon be growing!