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Riverbend on the Road

Riverbend educators will visit your school, daycare center, preserve, library or community center with a nature-based program that supports your curriculum and learning goals. Our programs are designed to deliver engaging experiences while deepening students’ curiosity for and connection to the natural world.

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Riverbend on the Road

Our programs include hands-on activities with natural objects and use outdoor learning whenever possible. Preschool through 5th grade programs are available and may be reserved as a one-time visit, a series, or a lesson that is coupled with a Riverbend field trip.All in-class programs are designed to be between 30 and 45 minutes.

Topics Overview:

  • Pre K - 2nd grade: Habitats, Seasonal Changes, Plant and Animal Life Cycles, Animal Adaptations, Weather, Plants and Pollinators

  • 3rd grade - 5th grade: Habitats, Watersheds, Ecosystems

Click here for a list of available programs for Kindergarten - 5th grade.

Curriculum Alignment

All programs support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and development of critical thinking skills. Page 3 of ourprogram guideshows more detailed information about NGSS standards supported by our programs.

Visit our Explorable Places webpage to learn more about RORs and Riverbend's availability. RORs typically cost $300, though see pricing below for series programs and summer programs. Questions? Email Suzanne Safran for more information.

Series Programs

Join the growing list of schools who partner with Riverbend to bring a regular dose of nature to their classroom! Riverbend’s education team will work with you to design a custom series program to fit your curriculum and classroom needs. Please visit the program guide for a complete list of our available programs. Series programs are completely customizable and can be scheduled as a series of three or four visits, weekly or monthly throughout the school year.  Please note pricing below.


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Summer Riverbend on the Road 

Are you looking for a fun and engaging activity for your camp or youth group in the summer months (June - August)? Riverbend has a curated selection of activities for elementary and middle school aged children. Please note pricing below.

Summer Program Topics:

  • Pre K - 2nd grade: Insect Exploration; Where Should Turtle Be?: Turtle Habitats and Adaptations. Program length: 30 - 45 minutes

  • 2nd grade - 8th grade: Hiking Safety and Leave No Trace at Saunders Woods Nature Preserve (1020 Waverly Rd, Gladwyne, PA) or another local nature preserve. Program length: 60 - 90 minutes

  • 4th - 8th grade: Nature Scavenger Hunt at Saunders Woods Nature Preserve (1020 Waverly Rd, Gladwyne, PA). Program length: 60 minutes


  • Classroom Programs (30 student limit):  $300 per program*

         $50 for additional same-day, same-site program

  • Summer Programs (40 student limit): “Hiking Safety and Leave No Trace” and “Nature Scavenger Hunt” - $450 per program* 
  • For larger groups, custom, summer, and series programs: contact Suzanne Safran

* Travel fees may apply.

Travel Costs:

  • Up to 10 miles from Riverbend is included in price
  • 10-25 miles from Riverbend = $30 surcharge
  • 25 miles is the maximum distance from Riverbend

If the gap between programs is greater than 30 minutes, there is a $25 fee. The gap cannot exceed 45 minutes.

To register for an ROR program, visit our Explorable Places webpage.

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Riverbend is a proud partner of Leave No Trace, a non-profit organization providing education, training, and outreach nationwide and in more than 100 countries around the globe. Our "Hiking Safety and Leave No Trace" summer ROR program includes instruction in the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, practices that guide us to have sustainable, respectful, and responsible outdoor experiences. These principles are utilized by many important forces in environmental education, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and more.

For more information please contact

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Suzanne Safran

Education Operations Manager