Youth select from a broad menu of local 4‑H programs based on their interests and with the guidance of adults. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing, opportunities for everyone.
Faribault Falcons Science Team
Science Team is an academic and hands on contest which encompasses all areas of science from chemistry, biology, engineering, computers and earth science. Students work in groups to test their scientific knowledge against others, as well as build equipment such as planes, towers, bridges, and catapults. This is for everyone from the builder to the scholar.
Homeschool Science Day
These are programs designed to provide homeschooled students with enriching hands on experiences to supplement science lessons.
RBNC Upcoming Programs and Events
River Bend offers many day programs designed to give visitors an inside look at different aspects of nature and the outdoors!
River Bend Nature Center Summer Camp Assistant
Summer Camp assistants are responsible students ages 13-17 years old who want experience working with younger kids (ages 3-14 years old) and have a love for outdoor activities. They will help the naturalist staff with preparing activities, helping campers make smart decisions, and have a positive attitude in all activities.
One Saturday per month, youth ages 9 - 14 are invited to come to Shattuck St. Mary's and interact with other students on a science themed-topic. Each Saturday is its own event!
STEM Summer Camps
The STEM camps are summer day camps like catapult camp, movie camp, copter camp, and imagineering camp.
Summer Camp: Science Camp (Ages 6-8)
Our popular Science Camp is back! Kids will have the opportunity to use critical and creative thinking skills as they are guided through our interactive and hands-on science activities and experiments. A few of the scientific areas that will be covered are: earth science, chemistry, physics and animal science.
Summer Camp: The Investigators (Ages 5-7)
Come join us for a summer of discovery and friendship. Youth will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of our world through arts, games, experiments, nature, exploration, stories and play. Program takes place in the classroom but participants will also have some gym and outdoor time.
Summer Camps: Adventure is Out There! (Youth entering grades 3-5 or 5-7)
Find an adventure without ever having to leave the Nature Center. We’ll spend the week learning new skills such as archery, orienteering, and mountain biking. In this camp we’ll have the chance to explore all that River Bend has to offer. Bring a lunch and wear comfortable clothing with closed toed shoes. Snacks provided.