February 09
Around the Bend
Riverbend Environmental Education Center

  Growing Greener Children

In This Issue
Bringing Nature to Urban Children
Summer Camp 2009!
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 May 7th

A Benefit for 
Riverbend Environmetal Education Center
Thursday May 7, 2009
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Driscoll Hall
Villanova's College of Nursing 


February Programs
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Winter Trek:
Riverbend Ramble
Saturday, February 21st
10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Let's explore what's been happening at Riverbend this year.  We'll explore the newly-installed Alec Williamson Bird Habitat and Observation Area and hike up the newly-restored Jack-in-the-Pulpit trail.  So comeand enjoy a brisk hike around Riverbend and see what we've been up to lately.  Program is free.

Volunteer Spotlight:
Lois Kistler
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For the last year and a half, we've been lucky enough to have the helpand assistance of volunteer Lois Kistler. 
We met Lois when she was working as the secretary for formerRiverbend Board Vice-Chair Bill Wermuth at Yerkes Associates.  Lois spent seven years at Yerkes and retired in 2007.  She has been a wonderful help to Riverbend assisting us with mailings, database work, and other clerical tasks.
Lois is also a frequent volunteer with Surrey Services for Seniors andlives with her cat Peek-a-boo in Devon. 
Scott Weidensaul Fans
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Rooted in Hope 
I am an optimist by nature. The future always has the potential to be better than the past. I embrace change. I feel hopeful because Riverbend's mission has never been more relevant and as meaningful to so many. From grassroots to policy making, more and more people understand that environmental literacy is imperative and that connecting children to nature includes learning in nature not just about nature. 
The dialogue on change is global yet I think author Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods, Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder (2005), said it well on a recent blog:
"In the current economic climate, we need a new model for change - and new tools to stimulate cultural transformation. That transformation is most likely to occur at the personal and neighborhood level, where we live, work and play."
Riverbend is a local voice for environmental literacy. It isa place that connects you and your families to nature. We are a part of the transformation that is taking place in your community. Riverbend is part of the root system developed in childhood, roots that hold the water and carry the nutrients that enable healthy growth and inspire stewardship and personal responsibility.
To learn more about the national movement to reconnect children to nature check out the Children and Nature Network website: www.childrenandnature.org. You will be inspired!
With warm regards to all,
Laurie Bachman
Executive Director 
Summer Camp 2009 is just 'Around the Bend'
It may be the dead of winter with things seemingly quiet (and bitter cold) here at Riverbend, but there is more than meets the eye going on inside the barn.  Our education staff is preparing for busier - and much warmer - times ahead.  With Summer Camp just four and a half months away and spots filling up fast, all of us here are excited for what the Summer of 2009 holds.  Along with some of the same great offerings we provided campers with last year, Riverbend has some new tricksup its sleeve for '09.
summer camp boysThis year, we are thrilled to be partnering for the very first time with Saunders Woods Preserve in Gladwyne.  For an entire week in mid-June, Riverbend campers will have a wonderful change of scenery, from stream stomping to wildlife watching, at this local preserve.  Also new for 2009, Riverbend is pleased to offer the option of lunches for our campers.  Cost of the service is $50 per week.

Riverbend will again be offering weekly field trips for both Explorers (7 to 8 year olds) and Discoverers (9 to 11 year olds) to fun and exciting locations in the area.  And Discoverers will once again have the opportunity to spend an entire week of camp at historic Harriton House in Bryn Mawr.  Travelers (11 to 13 year olds) will also continue to enjoy 3 days and 2 nights of the week at a destination campsite. 
All of this information and more is available on our website.  Tofind out more, or to register, click here or call David Lowe, Camp Coordinator, at 610-527-5234 x106. Remember, spots fill up fast, so make sure you register before it's too late!
ASTM International Funds Programs for Conshohocken Elementary 
Riverbend is excited to be adding an additional school to our BringingNature to Urban Children program.  Thanks to the support of ASTM International in West Conshohocken, Riverbend will be providing a science unit this spring for the third grade students at Conshohocken Elementary School.  These students will be learning about the importance of soil throughour Discovering Dirt lessons and water and aquatic ecosystems through our Pond and Stream lessons.  This hands-on unit will include two pre-lessons, an all-day field trip to Riverbend and a post-lesson.
Conshohocken Elementary School is a Title I school where 68% of the students are coming from low-income families.  However, the teachers and staff are always looking for new ways to deliver  experiential learning to their students.  The chance to get the kids out in nature, while enhancing their science curriculum, was a welcome opportunity.  Conshohocken Elementary joins Bridgeport Elementary and Whitehall Elementary as the third school supported by ASTM International through Riverbend's Bringing Nature to Urban Children program. 
Our Mission:
Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaches    environmental principles to children in Southeastern Pennsylvania through a direct connection with nature, inspiringrespect for our natural world and action as aware, responsible and caring citizens.
For more information about Riverbend and our many educational programs, please visit our website: www.riverbendeec.org  

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