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Nature Is Our Classroom

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Join us for ShiverQuest - our home-based activity and self-guided scavenger hunt!


List of Home-Based Learning Resources


COVID-19 Update from Riverbend

Riverbend EEC - We Need Nature

We teach 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. 

What people are saying about Riverbend

Since 2006, more than 15,000 students in our district have participated in hands-on, science education programs developed by the extraordinary Riverbend staff. We have watched the transformation of our 3rd and 4th grade students, as well as their teachers, as they have delved into environmental science.

Dr. Janet Samuels,
Former Superintendent, Norristown Area School District

We were so thrilled to find Riverbend. We value that they can get dirty, play outside all day and learn so much while having fun. Our daughter’s science teacher commented that she has ‘extensive knowledge of the natural world’ which I attribute to her time at camp.

Dr. Laura Tseng & Dr. Trey Katzenbach,
Camp Family & Riverbend Supporters

An easy way for me to describe my experience is ‘life-changing’ because it truly helped me to solidify my future plans and my love for nature. I found that this environmental education center is one of the most well-rounded, goal-driven organizations I have had the pleasure of working at.

Jenni Lapham,
Habitat Volunteer

Impact at Riverbend


Hours spent outside by summer campers.


Students participated in STEM-based Aquaponics program


School program visits, 48% from underserved schools

Visit Riverbend

Riverbend’s 30-acre preserve in Gladwyne, PA is an island of green surrounded by a bustling, suburban community not far from Philadelphia. Open and free to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the year, Riverbend invites visitors to walk the trails and explore the grounds. In addition to the trails, the preserve boasts meadow, woodland, stream and pond habitats.