July 2009
Around the Bend
Riverbend Environmental Education Center

  Growing Greener Children

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Summer Solstice
Shiverfest October 17th
Thank you Members
Outreach to Children/Access to Nature
Aqua Pennsylvania
Quick Links
Upcoming Events
Family Camp Outs  
Friday, July 24th
Friday, August 14th
Harriton Honey Harvest
Saturday, July 25th
Summer Scavenger Hunt Sunday, August 2nd
Click here to learn all the details!
Build Your Own Model Solar Car Workshop
Saturday August 8th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
perfect for Ages 9 to 14 
To register call 610-527-5234 ext. 108
For more information click here.

 at our Annual Summer Solstice Celebration

 jared and michele
It was such a beautiful evening (after all that rain!) when we and the Lower Merion Conservancy hosted our annual Summer Solstice Celebration on June 19th. Over 200 attendees enjoyed our bonfire for toasting marshmallows, crafts, pond exploration and volleyball in the upper field.     


 Saturday October 17th
 4pm to 9pm
Lots of thrilling activties planned!!

Thanks to our
recently renewed and new Members!

Margaret Beal, Sandra Berwind, Mr. & Mrs. William H. Bostard, Elinor & James Buck, Linda & Nick Eiteljorg, Mr. Patrick Coyne, Cornelia Degerberg, G. Morris Dorrance, Jr., Amy and James Goldman & Family, Maude & Thomas Kent, Jane Koppelman, Joyce Levy, Mrs. Mary A.S. McCoy, Mrs. Mary Ann Murphy, Mr. Lucian Platt, Marie and John Reilly, Mrs. Margaret W. Tilghman, Dr. & Mrs. Stuart Weiner, Tony & Laura White, Mr. and Mrs. Alan T. Willoughby, Maude Wood Kent and Marilyn & Chuck Wool.
We are so grateful for your support.
mgrady@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 x 104). Membership
 Our newly restored
Alec Williamson
Bird Observation Area
If you haven't been out to see Riverbend's new Bird Observation Area yet - please do! This very tranquil setting is a delightful spot to sit and listen to all of the sounds of nature with a friend or family member. The ponds, natural log seating and bird feeders offer so much to the nature enthusiast and bird lover in all of us!
If you enjoy your time here, Riverbend is looking to form a cadre of experienced gardener volunteers whose charge it will be to identify and inventory thriving native species, while hand-removing those unwanted weeds on a regular basis. Riverbend staff will coordinate the time you have to offer in a way that will ensure you feel truly rewarded for your efforts! Please contact Meg Grady to be a part of the team! mgrady@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 ext. 104.
Outreach to Children/Access to Nature
All children need nature; it provides them with fresh air, exercise and a connection to the world around them. This fall will mark the fourth year of Riverbend's commitment to bringing nature into the lives of children from low-income areas of our region. Currently, Riverbend is serving children from ten area elementary schools. Our program serves 6 schools in the Norristown Area School District, 2 in the School District of Philadelphia as well as Bridgeport Elementary and Conshohocken Elementary. Students at each school receive science and nature units that enrich their curriculums and address the standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
In all about 1,800 students will connect with nature through this wonderful program each year. However, this would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. For the 2009-2010 school year, the Outreach to Children/Access to Nature program will be supported by the following corporations and foundations. We thank them all so much for giving Riverbend the opportunity to bring nature to children who otherwise would not have these opportunities. Thanks you!
Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation
A Time of Renewal Profile 
Aqua Pennsylvania has a long history of environmental consciousness and support to our community and even to Riverbend. Aqua has been a consistent supporter to Riverbend over the years. Almost 10 years ago, at Riverbend's Millennium Gala, we honored Aqua Chairman and CEO and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, Nick DeBenedictis, for his leadership and environmental stewardship abilities. Aqua's commitment to deliver quality potable drinking water and wastewater disposal services to our community in a manner which is consistent with environmental quality standards is indeed worthy of many, many accolades.
Since 1999, Aqua has grown through a series of diligent acquisitions of water systems from a single operation in southeastern Pennsylvania, to a utility that provides services to about 3 million people in 13 states.
Because of their expertise and efficient use of capital, they have grown to be the second largest investor-owned water utility in the United States - with roots right here in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Aqua remains committed to our community and recently partnered with The Please Touch Museum to sponsor their Riverway Water Play exhibit which enables children to learn about the important role of water through play.
The intrinsic value of this limited resource needs to be highlighted to these young minds - and Riverbend is so grateful to have the support and access to a national leader in water delivery right here in our own backyard.
To learn more about how water works, visit Aqua's site. And to learn more about the Riverway Water Exhibit visit Please Touch Museum.
 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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