River Bend Nature Center
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River Bend Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a rich history dating back to 1978. Our mission is to help people discover, enjoy, understand, and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us.
Explore 743 acres of woodlands, prairies, and wetlands including the Straight River. Over ten miles of trails are open to the public year round for walking, running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. On-site and off-site nature education and outdoor recreation programs and events are available for families and people of all ages. School programs, day camps, and weekend and evening programs are available.
Visit the interpretive center to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the area or to rent outdoor recreation equipment. Hours are Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM and Saturday 9 AM - 4 PM.
River Bend Nature Center relies on donations and memberships, please join and give today. http://www.rbnc.org/membership/
For more information, call 507-332-7151 or visit and follow us on the web at www.rbnc.org, on Facebook at fb.me/riverbendMN, or on Twitter @riverbendMN.
- River Bend Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Become a member and learn how to support River Bend at
- Mission: to help people discover, enjoy, understand, and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us.
- Explore ten miles of trails through 743 acres of woodlands, prairies, and wetlands including the Straight River.
- Environmental education and outdoor recreation programs and events for schools, families, and people of all ages
- Interpretive center with rentals available
Member EventsFriday Mar 22, 2019Get a jump start on protecting the planet as we discover secrets to recycling, sustainable city design, and how renewable energy works! ...read moreFriday Mar 22, 2019Learn about the history of maple syruping, what makes the sap flow, and the process of turning sap into syrup. ...read moreSaturday Mar 23, 2019Learn about the history of maple syruping, what makes the sap flow, and the process of turning sap into syrup. ...read moreSaturday Apr 6, 2019Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching wildlife from the comfort of the Interpretive Center through our Windows on the Wild viewing area ...read moreSaturday May 4, 2019Come join fellow runners at River Bend's Maple Syrup Fun Run & Pancake Brunch! Enjoy beautiful scenery while running the trails of River Bend. ...read more
River Bend is located on the east side of Faribault. Follow MN Hwy 60 east through town, then follow the brown nature center signs that begin at the intersection of Shumway Avenue and MN Hwy 60.