7/31/2016

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Meet at the Nature Center. Journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

8/6/2016

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
It is feeding time and the parks exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. Discover fascinating facts about these animals as you meet them up close. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

8/7/2016

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sun
Have fun learning about local pollinators and using some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house will attract are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees who rarely sting.
 

8/7/2016

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River, while finding out about the park's wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

8/14/2016

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

8/20/2016

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
It is feeding time and the parks exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. Discover fascinating facts about these animals as you meet them up close. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

8/21/2016

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sun
Bats help eat mosquitoes, and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. Everyone must register $8/person. $15 fee per bathouse paid to instructor on the day of the program.
 

8/21/2016

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Meet at the Nature Center. Journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

8/27/2016

Women Unplugged Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  8am Sun/Sat
Unplug and spend the weekend outdoors! Saturday we'll kayak from Algonkian Park to Riverbend and have an outdoor dinner with a bonfire. Spend a night under the stars in your tent or in our Nature Center. Sunday explore birds, edible plants, and learn to shoot a bow and arrow. Bring a bagged lunch and water bottle for Saturday's trip, all other meals are provided. Meet at Riverbend at 8am on Saturday. Program ends at 2pm on Sunday. Women only.
 

8/28/2016

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River, while finding out about the park's wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

9/17/2016

Bootlegger Trail Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  9:30am Sat
This 4-mile loop trail hike winds through upland forest and the along the river. Uncover the area's historic past and enjoy the scenic beauty as we move through the park's landscape.
 

9/22/2016

Fall Equinox Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6:30pm Thu
Celebrate the Autumnal equinox with a campfire in a beautiful outdoor setting. Learn the scientific, astronomical, and cultural significance of this special day. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Canceled if rain.
 

9/24/2016

Tree Identification Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  9:30am Sat
Are you curious about what trees you have been seeing? Would you like to learn more about how to tell one tree from another? Attend this lecture/hike to work on your identification skills. Learn about leaf, twig, fruit and bark characteristics that will help you identify the trees around you.
 

9/24/2016

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
It's never too early to expose your baby to the outdoors. Get the stroller or baby backpack ready and join a park Naturalist on a hike around some easy trails around the park.
 

9/25/2016

Wagon Ride - Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Nature Center. Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond. Journey to see what's hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

9/28/2016

Storytime in the Forest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  4pm Wed
Join us for a nature story, followed by a craft, outdoor exploration, and other activities.
 

9/29/2016

Toddler Time: My Five Senses Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  4pm Thu
Preschoolers explore their senses with natural objects, nature games, activities, song, story and a short woodland walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

9/30/2016

Campfire Friday-Animal Tracking Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6:30pm Fri
Join us for an evening campfire for the whole family. Learn to recognize and follow the tracks of wildlife through the forest. The program concludes with a campfire and s'mores. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

10/2/2016

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Meet at the Nature Center. Journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

10/7/2016

Coyotes Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6:30pm Fri
Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make s'mores as you learn about this wily canine.Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

10/8/2016

Guided Meditation in Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  7am Sat
Enjoy breathtaking views as the sun rises over the Potomac River. Paddle with a naturalist and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the river. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided; one- and two-person sit-on-top kayaks available. Download waiver and bring completed to tour: http://1.usa.gov/1aubG3L.
 

10/8/2016

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
It's never too early to expose your baby to the outdoors. Get the stroller or baby backpack ready and join a park Naturalist on a hike around some easy trails around the park.
 

10/9/2016

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River, while finding out about the park's wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

10/13/2016

Nature Detectives Reptiles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  4pm Thu
Through a story, activity and craft, learn about these unusual, scaly animals. Reservations required.
 

10/14/2016

Who-oo's at the Campfire? Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6:30pm Fri
Gather round the campfire to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Toast marshmallows. Learn how to recognize different owl calls. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

10/16/2016

Wagon Ride - Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Nature Center. Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond. Journey to see what's hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

10/18/2016

Guided Meditation in Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  5pm Tue
Recent research suggests that contact with nature can help mitigate stress and enhance mental well-being. Join a Riverbend naturalist for an hour of guided meditation in a secluded spot within in the park. Perfect for people who want to unplug from their busy daily lives and reconnect with nature through mindfulness meditation.
 

10/21/2016

American Indian Stories Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6:30pm Fri
Enjoy a campfire as you hear traditional American Indian stories. Toast marshmallows. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Minimum age to attend program is 4 yrs.
 

10/22/2016

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
It's never too early to expose your baby to the outdoors. Get the stroller or baby backpack ready and join a park Naturalist on a hike around some easy trails around the park.
 

10/27/2016

Forest Fledglings- Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  4pm Thu
Preschoolers and their accompanying adult (quiet siblings welcome) share stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration. Dress for weather. Topics:
 

10/28/2016

Astronomy Campfire (4-Adult) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6:30pm Fri
Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s'mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

10/30/2016

Halloween Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Take a fun wagon ride on the not-so-scary side. Find out about the animals whooo are out at night, listen for bats and meet one of the park's not so scary animals. Bring a flashlight.
 

10/30/2016

Halloween Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  1:30pm Sun
Take a fun wagon ride on the not-so-scary side. Find out about the animals whooo are out at night, listen for bats and meet one of the park's not so scary animals. Bring a flashlight.
 

11/4/2016

Amphibian Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6pm Fri
Gather around a campfire to learn about our native amphibians. See some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Make s'mores around the campfire.Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

11/5/2016

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
It's never too early to expose your baby to the outdoors. Get the stroller or baby backpack ready and join a park Naturalist on a hike around some easy trails around the park.
 

11/6/2016

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River, while finding out about the park's wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

11/8/2016

Guided Meditation in Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  5pm Tue
Recent research suggests that contact with nature can help mitigate stress and enhance mental well-being. Join a Riverbend naturalist for an hour of guided meditation in a secluded spot within in the park. Perfect for people who want to unplug from their busy daily lives and reconnect with nature through mindfulness meditation.
 

11/10/2016

Nature Detectives: Animals in Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  4pm Thu
Through an activity, story, and craft, learn what animals are doing this time of year. Reservations required.
 

11/11/2016

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6pm Fri
Bats! Learn more about these fascinating and mysterious night flying marvels and why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; s'mores provided. Come early if you'd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast.Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Canceled if rain.
 

11/13/2016

Wagon Ride - Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  11:30am Sun
Nature Center. Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond. Journey to see what's hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

11/18/2016

Boy Scout Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6pm Fri
Join a naturalist around the campfire singing favorite campfire songs and hearing tall tales. Roast marshmallows. Meet a creature of the night which you might encounter on your next campout. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
 

12/1/2016

Toddler Time: My Five Senses Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  4pm Thu
Preschoolers explore their senses with natural objects, nature games, activities, song, story and a short woodland walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

12/2/2016

Campfire Night Hike - Predators at Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6pm Fri
Not all predators are sleeping. Enjoy a night hike to learn about nocturnal hunters. Listen to taped calls of owls and coyotes and catch a glimpse of them in the forest. End the evening with s'mores round the campfire. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

12/9/2016

Campfire Stories and Songs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  6pm Fri
Gather 'round the campfire for storytelling, traditional campfire songs and making s'mores. Meet a live animal highlighted in one of the stories. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Canceled in case of rain.
 

12/10/2016

Astronomy Festival Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Riverbend Park
Start Time/Day:  5pm Sat
Enjoy activities including guided star gazing, looking through the telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations round the campfire. Other activities and games going on throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. Canceled if raining or snowing.$6 online, $7 at the door.