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  • Riverbend - Environmental Education Center : Programs & Activities : School Programs•About•Field Trips for Pre-K and Kindergarten•Field Trips for Grades 1 - 3•Field Trips for Grades 3 - 5•Field Trips to Your School Grounds•Riverbend On The Road•Registration FormKindergarten Enrichment ProgramCamps•Year Round Exploration Camp•Summer Exploration Camps
    Exploration Camp Summer Exploration Camps School Programs About Field Trips for Pre K and Kindergarten Field Trips for Grades 1 3 Field Trips for Grades 3 5 Field Trips to Your School Grounds Riverbend On The Road Registration FormKindergarten Enrichment ProgramCamps Year Round Exploration Camp Summer Exploration Camps Top 10 Reasons to Choose Riverbend s Camp 10 Ten degrees cooler than most places in the summer 9 Wonderful staff with low camper to educator ratios 8 Cora the corn snake 7 30 Acres of ponds forest meadows and stream 6 Tons of tadpoles in the ponds 5 Fresh air and exercise No video games allowed 4 Low key environment where Kids can be Kids 3 Crayfish in the stream 2 Lots of dirt The Dirtier We Get the Happier We Are 1 Magic Rocks What parents say about Riverbend s Camp Attending Riverbend s summer camp has enabled my sons to understand more about nature and their role in helping take care of our environment At a young age the educators teach the children about doing important things to help the Earth As they are growing up and returning to Riverbend throughout the school year and summers they see what it truly means to Recycle Reduce and Reuse We feel very fortunate to have Riverbend in our community and look forward to seeing its continued growth in the future What a fabulous program it is so wonderful to see your child with a grin from ear to ear while talking non stop about their day My child is covered from head to toe with dirt and happy as can be It is so well organized The trails the creek adventures the frog pond adventures He simply loves it Who will be teaching my child Research has shown that in order to create a strong environmental ethic in children they must spend time in a natural place where they feel comfortable and they need to have adults that show an interest in nature and the environment to guide them Riverbend prides itself on being a great place for children to explore and discover new things about themselves and the natural world So that our campers have strong role models as they explore the natural world we strive to provide the best educators for our education programs Leading Riverbend s education programs is Stacy Carr Poole Director of Education With seventeen years of experience in environmental education and almost ten years at Riverbend Stacy believe that a strong program is one that provides children with a chance to connect with the natural world through fun experiences and the assistance of excited and knowledgeable educators Stacy is supported by a seasonal camp coordinator and of course Riverbend Naturalist Nature Dave Summer Environmental Educators serve as the main educators for each summer camp group creating the curriculum and adapting the themes to their individual group These educators each have a college degree or equivalent experience and a passion for working with children in the

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  • Riverbend - Environmental Education Center : News & Events
    Field Trips for Grades 3 5 Field Trips to Your School Grounds Riverbend on the Road Registration Form Kindergarten Enrichment Program Camps Year Round Exploration Camp Summer Exploration Camps Camps for 3 6 year olds Camps for 7 11 year olds Camps for 10 13 year olds Scout Programs Girl Scouts Cub Scouts Registration Form Nature Clubs Outreach Programs Outreach to Children Access to Nature Philadelphia CAN Children Access Nature Aquaponics at Riverbend News Events Birthday Parties Events Calendar Special Events Photo Galleries Contact Us Donate Join Membership Gift Membership Give Annual Fund Donate Now Link Honor or Memorial Gifts Matching Gifts Stock Bequests Corporate Sponsorship Friends of the Bend News Events Birthday Parties Events Calendar Special Events Photo Galleries Home News Events Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Teens 03 07 2016 04 48 pm Riverbend has two wonderful summer programs for teens to be outside and making a difference Click here to learn more Latest News 03 07 2016 Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Teens Riverbend has two wonderful summer programs for teens to be outside and making a difference Click here to learn more More News Directions Info View maps get directions to Riverbend click here Contact us By Phone

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  • Riverbend - Environmental Education Center : News & Events
    Girl Scouts Cub Scouts Registration Form Nature Clubs Outreach Programs Outreach to Children Access to Nature Philadelphia CAN Children Access Nature Aquaponics at Riverbend News Events Birthday Parties Events Calendar Special Events Photo Galleries Contact Us Donate Join Membership Gift Membership Give Annual Fund Donate Now Link Honor or Memorial Gifts Matching Gifts Stock Bequests Corporate Sponsorship Friends of the Bend News Events Birthday Parties Events Calendar Special Events Photo

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  • Riverbend Newsletter - July 2009
    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 ASTM International Centocor Inc Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation Hamilton Family Foundation Junior League

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  • Untitled Document
    a thing or two about habitat management under the leadership of Chris Wales our Property Habitat Manager They made a significant difference for Riverbend s invasive plant management plan and we are so grateful to them Each of them spent more than 60 hours here offering the Riverbend staff their outstanding attitudes with a willingness to help out in any way possible As I write this John and Steve are rebuilding stairs on Betty s Trail in time for Summer Camp Emilia Emily and Rebecca spent much of their time removing invasive plants truly making a difference for all of the native species we re continuing to plant here as part of our habitat restoration efforts In addition they rebuilt a stone wall on the property which was a project they identified and were very excited about doing We wish all of them the very best A Time of Renewal Partner Profile Riverbend is very excited about its Partnership with PECO and has learned quite a bit about the many conservation initiatives PECO has launched recently PECO s parent company Exelon has set a goal for its companies to reduce offset or displace its greenhouse gas emissions by 15 million metric tons by the year 2020 Exelon 2020 as it is known is a low carbon roadmap which has prompted PECO to invest over 15 million to date on numerous educational programs and bricks and mortar projects which will go a long way in achieving this impressive goal At PECO s corporate headquarters they have just installed the largest Green Roof in Philadelphia They have also replaced their Crown Lights system which will provide significant savings in a short period of time You are able to tour PECO s Green Roof this summer in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society For more information on this opportunity click here In addition PECO is sponsoring many educational opportunities throughout the region for both its customers and with schools which raise awareness and provide the necessary information each of us needs to reduce our collective carbon footprint Of note this Spring PECO piloted an environmentnal education program that explores the relationship between energy efficiency and conservation and environmental preservation through various hands on activities More than 500 8th and 9th grader students from 6 schools in the 5 county region benefitted from the innovative program Thank you PECO for leading the community to a greener tomorrow To learn more about PECO s energy saving ideas click here THEOGA Yoga for our Youth Mondays 3 45 to 4 45pm Beginning June 29th on Mondays through August 3rd Christopher Theodore Theo a local certified children s yoga instructor and physical education teacher will be teaching a series of 6 late afternoon outside yoga classes here at Riverbend Classes are appropriate for ages 5 to 12 The many benefits of yoga include improved listening skills strengthening the body through balance and providing children a tool with which to relax in any environment And it s fun

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  • is dependent on the generous support of our community Without your ongoing commitment we would cease to exist Therefore I thank you in advance on behalf of all of us at Riverbend for your generous gifts that inspire a love of nature in more than 12 000 people each year Happy Spring With warm regards to all Laurie Bachman Executive Director Volunteer Spotlight We would like to recognize the many contributions and extend our heartfelt thanks to a steadfast and generous Board Member Lisa Williamson Lisa first came to Riverbend when her son Alec attended our summer camp in 2000 and she has been a cheerleader for Riverbend ever since Lisa is a wonderful volunteer with a willingness to step up and work hard on Riverbend s behalf including Co Chairing our Gala Garden Party three years in a row Lisa isn t afraid to get her hands dirty either she faithfully comes out for our annual Vine a thon to help remove invasive plants from our trees and we can often count on Lisa to help out with large mailings throughout the year Lisa has instilled the importance of volunteering in her son Matt who is an 8th grade student at Welsh Valley Middle School Matt joins Lisa for the Vine a thons and mailings are a family affair He has also helped out with the Haunted Trails and Forest Frolic Matt has outgrown our summer camp but Riverbend is in his heart and he now comes back in the summer and during school holidays as a volunteer Lisa s values and appreciation of nature are certainly evident in her son Matthew Our newest capital endeavor the redesigned and restored Alec Williamson Bird Observation Area named in memory of Lisa and Lars son Alec is a wonderful addition to our property and serves as a very special outdoor classroom for all of the children who come to Riverbend for camp school field trips scouting or with their family just for fun Thank you Lisa for your and your family s ongoing commitment to Riverbend for helping to raise Riverbend s profile in the community and for your generous support Your dedication is truly appreciated Membership Many thanks to all of our 2008 members for your support of and participation in the many programs and nature programs offered here at Riverbend We hope you will support Riverbend in this meaningful way in 2009 Annual membership is from April 1st to March 31st each year and as we prepare to renew memberships for 2009 we want to give our current and prospective members a green vehicle in which to join or renew Click here Benefits to learn more about what membership means and click below to be directed to a secure site to update your membership In addition to being kept informed of and involved in the many Riverbend programs and happenings your joining via our website will reduce Riverbend s footprint both environmentally and financially Each of us doing what

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  • the potential to be better than the past I embrace change I feel hopeful because Riverbend s mission has never been more relevant and as meaningful to so many From grassroots to policy making more and more people understand that environmental literacy is imperative and that connecting children to nature includes learning in nature not just about nature The dialogue on change is global yet I think author Richard Louv Last Child in the Woods Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder 2005 said it well on a recent blog In the current economic climate we need a new model for change and new tools to stimulate cultural transformation That transformation is most likely to occur at the personal and neighborhood level where we live work and play Riverbend is a local voice for environmental literacy It isa place that connects you and your families to nature We are a part of the transformation that is taking place in your community Riverbend is part of the root system developed in childhood roots that hold the water and carry the nutrients that enable healthy growth and inspire stewardship and personal responsibility To learn more about the national movement to reconnect children to nature check out the Children and Nature Network website www childrenandnature org You will be inspired With warm regards to all Laurie Bachman Executive Director Summer Camp 2009 is just Around the Bend It may be the dead of winter with things seemingly quiet and bitter cold here at Riverbend but there is more than meets the eye going on inside the barn Our education staff is preparing for busier and much warmer times ahead With Summer Camp just four and a half months away and spots filling up fast all of us here are excited for what the Summer of 2009 holds Along with some of the same great offerings we provided campers with last year Riverbend has some new tricksup its sleeve for 09 This year we are thrilled to be partnering for the very first time with Saunders Woods Preserve in Gladwyne For an entire week in mid June Riverbend campers will have a wonderful change of scenery from stream stomping to wildlife watching at this local preserve Also new for 2009 Riverbend is pleased to offer the option of lunches for our campers Cost of the service is 50 per week Riverbend will again be offering weekly field trips for both Explorers 7 to 8 year olds and Discoverers 9 to 11 year olds to fun and exciting locations in the area And Discoverers will once again have the opportunity to spend an entire week of camp at historic Harriton House in Bryn Mawr Travelers 11 to 13 year olds will also continue to enjoy 3 days and 2 nights of the week at a destination campsite All of this information and more is available on our website Tofind out more or to register click here or call David Lowe Camp Coordinator at 610 527

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  • Riverbend - Environmental Education Center : Jobs
    programs for promotional material Increase presence on the internet through links on websites with similar missions goals and values Manage and maintain consistent supplies of printed communications Update PR contact list and help with press releases This position requires Excellent communication skills Strength in organization Creativity Solid writing skills Ability to work well with others Attention to detail Knowledge in adobe and other graphic programs a plus Sophomore Junior or Senior Marketing Communications or English majors can apply We seek a commitment on average of 8 10 hours per week To apply Please send resume cover letter and a list of three references to Lisa Matthews Development and Communications Associate Riverbend Environmental Education Center 1950 Spring Mill Road Gladwyne PA 19035 Email lmatthews riverbendeec org Fax 610 527 1161 Questions Call Lisa at 610 527 5234 x104 or email at above address Spring Habitat Management Internship Dates Seasonal Spring 6 10 hours per week Specific days of the week will be determined by the intern and volunteer coordinator Salary 7 50 hour Riverbend Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for a Habitat Management Intern to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve The Habitat Management Intern under the supervision of the Property and Volunteer Manager will help maintain our trails gardens ponds and woodland and meadow areas assist with our reforestation project where 2000 saplings have been planted over the past few years Primary tasks will include planting watering weeding mulching pond maintenance clearing trails of fallen branches stocking our woodpile and the removal of invasive species Interns will also help to supervise other volunteers and help to manage volunteer groups They may also help with minor repairs and general maintenance of the barn outdoor classroom tool sheds deer fence and parking lot area The Property and Volunteer Manager will work with the interns to develop management skills Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers helping to manage corporate and school work days assisting with garden design and plant selection and other administrative projects The Habitat Interns should be available to work for at least eight weeks for 6 10 hours per week It is preferred that interns in the spring also be available for the last three weeks of May when we have high school interns Specific days of the week will be determined by the Intern and the Volunteer Coordinator Pay for interns will be 7 50 per hour Riverbend is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia We are not accessible by public transportation so interns would need access to a car Interested students should contact Jeanne Angell Property and Volunteer Manager at jangell riverbendeec org or 610 527 5234 x110 for an application Applications will be accepted until the position is filled Qualifications College student or recent graduate over the age of 18 Experience with and or interest in gardening Interest in ecology botany environmental studies conservation or landscape architecture Ability to work independently and in groups An outgoing cheerful leader who can comfortably supervise other volunteers Physically strong and able to work outdoors in all kinds of wether and on a hilly terrain To apply contact Jeanne Angell Property and Volunteer Manager jangell riverbendeec org 610 527 5234 x110 Summer Camp Assistant Director Dates May 15th May 31st September 2nd Monday Friday 40 hours week hours vary from day to day Salary 18 hour Riverbend is seeking a self motivated energetic and experienced person to assist the Children and Family Program Manager with the day to day running of Riverbend s eleven week summer camp Each week 60 80 children ages 3 13 come to our 30 acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands on exploration and discovery The atmosphere is friendly and child centered curriculum is created by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children s interests and stimulating investigation Some programs take place at other sites and include field trips cook outs camp outs and camping trips Qualifications Bachelor s degree Program management and staff supervision experience Understanding of basic principles of education Knowledge of environmental science natural history concepts Experience educating and managing groups of children Organized detail oriented and able to multi task Strong oral communication skills Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer First Aid and CPR trained will offer training option if not current To apply please email resume cover letter and a list of three references to Kelly Myers Children and Family Programs Manager kvoorhees riverbendeec org 610 527 5234 x106 Summer Environmental Educator Dates June 6th September 2nd Monday Friday 8 00 4 00 some evenings and overnights required Salary 12 hour Riverbend is seeking self motivated energetic and passionate educators to be a part of the staff of Riverbend s Summer Exploration Day Camp Each week 60 80 children ages 3 13 come to our 30 acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands on exploration and discovery The atmosphere is friendly and child centered curriculum is created by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children s interests and stimulating investigation Some programs take place at other sites and include field trips cook outs camp outs and camping trips Groups are generally no more than 14 children per educator and the younger age groups have an assistant educator Responsibilities Educators will work with a specific age group for the majority of the summer Age groups will be designated based on experience Educators will be required to create age appropriate lesson plans according to the weekly themes and Riverbend guidelines Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process Educators implement the lesson plans with a group of approximately 10 14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility which includes group management chaperoning field trips and organizing cook outs and overnights when teaching the older groups Educators will also be working with and supervising assistant educators and EIT s volunteers throughout the summer General upkeep of the facility will be expected Qualifications Bachelor s degree or equivalent experience

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