June 2009
Around the Bend
Riverbend Environmental Education Center

  Growing Greener Children

In This Issue
High School Seniors Service Volunteers
Kid's Yoga
Member Summer Benefits
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Thank you

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PECO Honored
PECO CEO Denis O'Brien offers humorous remarks after speaking to all of PECO's environmetal initiatives at A Time of Renewal. 

 denis obrien  
Children's Yoga will be piloted this summer at Riverbend. 
Mondays beginning June 29th. For more information and to register contact Meg Grady  
or call 610-527-5234 ext. 104

Another venue ... enjoy all of the reciprocal benefits of your Riverbend Membership.
Pictured below is the Mohonk Mountain Preserve in New York State. A beautiful place to visit this summer. Discounts available to our members.

A Time of Renewal

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An exceptional time was had by all at our Annual Benefit on May 7th at Villanova's Driscoll Hall. This green, LEED certified building was a perfect setting for our nature inspired evening. Green ferns and trees flooded the light-filled space while guests enjoyed seasonal and locally grown fare including fiddlehead ferns!  Riverbend Educators brought our environmental education mission to life at the event by engaging guests in conservation and wildlife fact discussions. 
PECO was honored this your for their many important conservation and environmental education initiatives launched recently. Daylin Leach also regaled us with his strong vote of confidence in our mission. We are so grateful to all of our sponsors and attendees who made it possible for Riverbend to continue to mission to teach environmental principles to children in southeastern Pennsylvania through a direct connection with nauture, inspiring respect for our natural world and action as aware, responsible and caring citizens.
Senior Project Volunteers
We were so fortunate these past several weeks to have the high energy and enthusiasm of 5 area high school students here At Riverbend while they completed their Senior Service Projects. Emily King (Lower Merion), Rebecca Lefkoe (Lower Merion) Emilia Rivera (Harriton), John Gorman (Episcopal) and Steve Faulkner (Episcopal) worked very hard while learning a thing or two about habitat management under the leadership of Chris Wales our Property/Habitat Manager. They made a significant difference for Riverbend's invasive plant management plan and we are so grateful to them.
Each of them spent more than 60 hours here offering the Riverbend staff their outstanding attitudes with a willingness to help out in any way possible.  As I write this, John and Steve are rebuilding stairs on Betty's Trail in time for Summer Camp. 
Emilia, Emily and Rebecca spent much of their time removing invasive plants, truly making a difference for all of the native species we're continuing to plant here as part of our habitat restoration efforts. In addition they rebuilt a stone wall on the property which was a project they identified and were very excited about doing.
We wish all of them the very best!
A Time of Renewal Partner Profile
Riverbend is very excited about its Partnership with PECO and has learned quite a bit about the many conservation initiatives PECO has launched recently. PECO's parent company Exelon has set a goal for its companies to reduce, offset or displace its greenhouse gas emissions by 15 million metric tons by the year 2020. Exelon 2020, as it is known, is a low-carbon roadmap - which has prompted PECO to invest over $15 million to date on numerous educational programs and bricks and mortar projects which will go a long way in achieving this impressive goal.
At PECO's corporate headquarters they have just installed the largest 'Green Roof' in Philadelphia. They have also replaced their Crown Lights system which will provide significant savings in a short period of time. You are able to tour PECO's Green Roof this summer in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. For more information on this opportunity click here.
In addition, PECO is sponsoring many educational opportunities throughout the region for both its customers and with schools which raise awareness and provide the necessary information each of us needs to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Of note, this Spring PECO piloted an environmentnal education program that explores the relationship between energy efficiency and conservation and environmental preservation through various hands-on activities. More than 500 8th and 9th grader students from 6 schools in the 5 county region benefitted from the innovative program.
Thank you PECO for leading the community to a greener tomorrow. To learn more about PECO's energy saving ideas click here.
THEOGA - Yoga for our Youth
Mondays 3:45 to 4:45pm
Beginning June 29th
 on Mondays through August 3rd
Christopher Theodore (Theo), a local certified children's yoga instructor and physical education teacher will be teaching a series of 6 late afternoon outside yoga classes here at Riverbend. Classes are appropriate for ages 5 to 12.
The many benefits of yoga include improved listening skills, strengthening the body through balance and providing children a tool with which to relax in any environment. And it's fun!! We think our natural setting will add to the experience and so we are piloting this program for your children to try. You may extend your camp day - or just sign up and come at 3:45pm. Each class is 1 hour and the cost is $10 per class or $50 for the 6 class series. In case of inclement weather we will move inside to the Barn.
For more information on THEOGA - Yoga for Our Youth, please click here.
To register for the class, please contact Meg Grady mgrady@riverbendeec.org or call 610-527-5234 ext. 104.
If you support Riverbend through membership this month, you won't miss out on all of the reciprocal Riverbend member benefits you will receive as you're travelling both near and far this summer. You are entitled to discounts at over 165 ANCA (Association of Nature Center Administrators) nature centers around the nation. A few that you'll receive discounts for right here in Pennsylvania are the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingman's Ferry and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton. If you're headed further north, check out the Mohonk Preserve (named one of the five best cityscapes nationwide by Outside Magazine!) just 90 minutes north of NYC in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York.
To view a list of all the ANCA reciprocal organizations in the nation click here.
We hope you're able to realize all of these summer travel opportunities, while also supporting your local environmental education organization if you join now. Please contact Meg Grady with your membership questions.
mgrady@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 x 104). Membership
 Our Mission:
Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaches    environmental principles to children in Southeastern Pennsylvania through a direct connection with nature, inspiring respect 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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