River Bend Nature Center Open House

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Come by to celebrate the grand re-opening of a true Racine jewel, River Bend Nature Center! There will be free fun for all ages including nature walks, art activities, animal displays/learning centers, kayak demonstrations, and more. Find out what will be offered in the future and how you, your family, and your friends can be involved. A FREE Rainbarrel Raffle will also be held.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Music  by Mueller and Hill

Individual Presentations

10 a.m.

  • Owl Presentation Kathy Trentadue in cooperation  with Caledonia Conservancy
  • Craig Helker, DNR will present a water study/ citizen science talk

10:30 a.m.

  • Take a Birdwalk  Rick Fare, of Hoy Audubon
  • Learn about Monarch Butterfly Migration with Teacher Naturalist, Nancy Carlson

11 a.m.

  • Owl Presentation
  • Kayak Demonstration with Dave Schultz from Longboat Kayak at the canoe launch.

11:30 a.m. Woodland Hike with Racine City Forester, Matt Koepnick


  • Owl Presentation with Kathy


  • Woodland Hike with Matt  

1 p.m.

  • Owl Presentation

1:30 p.m.

  • Birdwalk with Rick
  • Butterfly Talk with Nancy

Ongoing events

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Outdoor exhibits, displays, presentations
  • Invasive Species Information Table courtesy of Melissa Warner of The Southeast Gateway Group, Sierra Club and Weed Out! Racine
  • Wildlife Carving Club,  Dave Westman
  • Kids Crafts - make a dragonfly/worm art painting
  • Self guided options for family hikes.
  • Woodland  Discovery Walks
  • Membership Signup/ Donation Station.  Fund Development committee
  • Suggestion Board for community input
  • History and Picture Board Taxidermy table
  • Slideshow presentation of River Band Nature Shots,
  • Donated by volunteer naturalist, Glenn Hickson.
  • BEAM (Bat Education Awareness and Monitoring) display, Melissa Warner
  • Wildlife Carving Club.  Main Cabin



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