The River Bend Nature Center (RBNC) in Faribault annual Ramble is their largest fundraiser.  Due to COVID-19 and the limitations in crowd numbers instead of one big night the event is taking place over a week.

Organizers are calling it the Ramble Like Never Before.

Recently we visited with River Bend Executive Director Breanna Wheeler and Naturalist Amy Anderegg about the specifics.  The conversation will air this Thursday on AM Minnesota, 9:30 a.m.

There will be in person and virtual events throughout the week which kicked off last Saturday and end this Saturday.

Events this week include a virtual nature tour tomorrow evening 6:30 p.m.  Join River Bend Nature Center Naturalists for some Virtual Nature Trivia and the chance to win prizes.  Teams of no more than 5 people are welcome.  Each person must register individually and enter the team name in registration.

Register for an hour long walk or golf cart ride with a RBNC Naturalist to be held Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Nature Center.  You'll learn about the history of the land.

Friday the Little Chicago Band will present Music on the Prairie at River Bend beginning 5:30 p.m.  The outdoor concert from the New Prague band will feature music of the 1960's and 70's.  Chicago, Dusty Springfield, Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Grass Roots.  If there is rain a recording of a performance will be made available to ticket holders.

All week there will be a Silent Auction fundraiser with scores of great items up for bid.  Bidding started last Saturday and ends this Saturday, September 26, 2020. You can find the items listed at this link on the RBNC webpage.

Due to COVID-19 the interpretive center is closed until further notice.  Trails are open, keeping in mind social distancing practices and River Bend visitor rules.  Dogs must be on a leash, You must stay on designated trails.

The best way to connect with River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, Mn. is by email.

Wheeler told KDHL. "We definitely want to make sure River Bend survives the COVID-19 pandemic.  Any assistance is greatly appreciated."

River Bend Nature Center was started as a 501c3 organization in 1978.

River Bend Nature Center Naturalist Amy Anderegg and Executive Director Breanna Wheeler. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld