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Field Trips

Riverbend offers a wide array of standards-aligned programs designed to connect students with the natural world and bring STEM to life through the lens of nature. Riverbend’s environmental educators are trained to deliver developmentally appropriate programming that is relevant to children from all backgrounds and abilities.

Habitat Exploration

Habitats, Ecosystems

Students will explore Riverbend’s habitats to learn about the plants and animals that call these places home. Students will collect and analyze data about nature. Choose from the forest, stream, pond or meadow habitats. Students doing the 90-minute program will choose 2 habitats; students doing the 3-hour program will choose 3.

Recommended for Grades Prek-12
PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3


Nature's sense

Five Senses, Adaptations

Investigate nature through activities that use sight, hearing, smell, and touch.

Recommended for Grades PreK-3
PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

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Frozen Foragers

(Available December - February)

Adaptions, Seasons, Habitats

Learn which animals run for cover and who sticks around Riverbend through the winter and how they survive.

Recommended for grades Prek-5
Standards: PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3



Watersheds, sustainability, ecosystems

Students conduct a stream investigation, sample water and hike a watershed trail.

Recommended for grades 3-5
Standards: PA Academic Standards 4.1, 4.2, 4.5

From Eggs to Legs

Life cycles, adaptations, seasons

Learn how tadpoles transform from eggs to frogs and how butterflies get their beautiful wings. Explore a pond to witness these amazing transformations taking place.

Recommended for Grades PreK-5
PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3


Tall Tall Trees

Tree identification, seasons, ecosystems, habitats

Visit our restored deciduous forest to see a variety of native tree species. Students will learn to identify tree species and use science tools to measure tree growth rate and forest health.

Recommended for Grades K-12
PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

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As an outdoor education facility, Riverbend closely monitors weather conditions. Student safety is our top priority.

Riverbend programs run rain or shine. However, in the event of unsafe weather conditions, Riverbend staff will determine if a program can safely operate and notify schools of cancellations by 7:30 on the morning of the program. In the event that a program is cancelled due to weather, we will work with schools to reschedule within the same calendar year.

All other cancellation/reschedule requests must be received in writing at least 3 weeks before the originally scheduled program date. Riverbend cannot provide refunds for cancelled programs.  

Field Trip Registration

The minimum fee for all programs is $100. Otherwise, fees are per child. Adults and chaperones are free of charge.

90 minute program: $8 (July-March) $9 (April-June)
3 hour program: $12 (July-March) $13 (April-June)

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Full payment is due on or before the day of the program via check, credit card or purchase order. 

For more information please contact

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Rosie Arnold

Manager of Education Programs