Special Events

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

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Shiverfest FAQs

About Shiverfest

Shiverfest is Riverbend’s most entertaining night of the year, with visitors enjoying a fun, family friendly event with engaging activities sprinkled throughout our site. This past year we hosted almost 750 people, our biggest crowd yet!

As the name evokes, Shiverfest is a slightly spooky but always friendly fall festival. Halloween is the prevailing theme with pumpkin decorating, a trick or treat trail, and storytelling around the campfire after our costumed visitors have trekked the infamous Haunted Trail. Back by popular demand will be our Forgotten Friends reptile show, moon bounce, ghostly stargazing and more.

Riverbend's Purpose and How Your Contribution Helps

Riverbend teaches environmental principles to children through a direct connection with nature, inspiring respect for our natural world and action as aware, responsible and caring citizens. Established in 1974 as a wildlife refuge on the remaining land of a local estate, we have evolved into a dynamic center for important nature and science education initiatives that are impacting future generations of environmental stewardship.

Riverbend now serves more than 19,000 people annually through our programs plus an additional 400 volunteers help to restore and maintain our 30 acre preserve.

Support from Shiverfest directly supports our education programs for children. In 2014, our school programs alone served nearly 11,000 individual students, 40% from underserved schools across the Philadelphia region. Your support will bring nature and hands-on learning into the lives of children who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

Ticket Purchasing Information

Tickets, while they last, are $12 in advance* or $15 at the door. Children 3 and under are free.

*Pre-registration closes at 5pm on Friday, October 9th.

Skip the lines at sign in! Admission wrist bands will be sent in the mail the week of the event for all pre-purchased tickets.

Thank you to our Shiverfest Sponsors!

Bronze Sponsors

Angela Allevi & Jason Newman
The Copas Family
The Lees Family
Nancy H. McCahan
Powell Family Foundation
The Wilson Family

Associate Sponsors

AIS Lower School
Katie & Paul Binnion
Elsie & George Collier
Sarah & Cole Collier
Glackin Thomas Panzak, Inc.
Gladwyne Animal Hospital
Nancy Greene & Peter Grove
Miller Bros.
Kristie & Peter Ressler
Tague Lumber
Texada Landscaping

Community Sponsors

Doris & Jim Brogan & Family
Cherokee Construction Co.
Gladwyne Montessori School
Josephine Klein
Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim
Momenee & Associates, Inc.
Karen & Skip Petrauskas
The Philadelphia Country Club
The Shipley School
Yohn Engineering, LLC

Family Supporters

Purdy & Joshua Bailer
Dr. Melissa & Mr. Glenn Barenbaum
Jill & Guri Bronner
Gretchen & Gordon Cooney
Aulikki Copas
Alicia Ondik Doyle
Betsy Luo & Michael Dutka
Michele & Jonathan Fenkel
Lisa Hancock
The Holtman Family
Janet Samuels
Lisa & Timothy Matthews
Jesse & Maggie Taylor



Latest News


Volunteers Needed for Shiverfest

Shiverfest is just around the corner and we are gearing up for our largest event of the year! Please consider volunteering at this wonderful festival. Take a look at the link and sign...

Tickets and Sponsorships available for Shiverfest

Join us on October 17th for Shiverfest and skip the lines at the door with More News

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