March 2009
Around the Bend
Riverbend Environmental Education Center

  Growing Greener Children

In This Issue
Volunteer Spotlight
Membership Renewal
Earth Hour
Earth Days of Service
Quick Links
Save the Date
 
Thursday, May 7th

 Our Annual Fundraising Event 
 
 
A TIME OF RENEWAL

A Benefit for Riverbend Environmental Education Center 
 
Thursday May 7, 2009

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Driscoll Hall
Villanova's College of Nursing
 
Thank you to our Sponsors

 
PECO

 
Dunleavy Associates 

 
Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.

 
Beverly and Lu Galloway

 
Philadelphia Eagles
 Jeffrey and Chistina Lurie

Shreiner Tree Care Services

 
Gwen and Dennis Bianchi

F. L. Bissinger, Inc.
Bryn Mawr Trust Company
Littleton Landscape Contractor LLC
Lisa and Lars Williamson
Waverly Real Estate Company

 
Laurie Bachman

George W. Broseman
Linda and Thomas Dooney
Glakin Thomas Panzak 
SITE Engineering Concepts

St. Edmond's
Federal Savings Bank
Whole Foods
 
Media Sponsors

 
NBC10

Main Line Media 

List as of March 19

Public Program 
Spring Scavenger Hunt
 Sunday April 5 10:30am to Noon 
 
It may not be warm just yet, but spring is in the air, and in the pond, and underground, and just about everywhere, as animals and plants alike are getting active again.  As you explore Riverbend, you will learn about what everyone is doing in this very active season.  Cost is $5 per family. 

Wish List 

As you're clearing out the clutter for Spring, we are in need of gently used or new work gloves, trowels, and especially the Bittybreaker Jackhammer General Equipment. Our property manager will be most appreciative! Also, our office is need of a table. Ideal dimmensions are 4'-6' long and no larger than 30'' deep. Thanks!

Spring Renewal 
 
As I write this, we are nearing the first day of Spring on March 20th. The vernal equinox refers to the time when the sun crosses the equator, when day and night are of nearly equal length everywhere in the world.
However, to most of us, Spring simply signals a time of renewal - the days are getting longer, flower bulb shoots are seen pushing their way out of the ground and we take great pleasure in the occasional day of warm temperatures. We embrace the incredible sounds, scents and sights when nature announces spring has arrived. It simply makes us feel more hopeful and happy.
Every Spring Riverbend hosts a benefit to support our mission. This year's event, A Time of Renewal, is about more than just raising the funds to help Riverbend educate children and maintain a 30-acre property. It is about renewing our commitment to the communities and families we serve. It is about renewing our faith in future generations to be good stewards of the land. We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 7th for A Time of Renewal at Villanova University's Driscoll Hall. It promises to be a most creative and fun evening!
Spring is also a time of renewal for our annual membership. Riverbend membership is a meaningful way for everyone to support our educational programs for children and families. We are most grateful for our long-time members and encourage newer friends to consider joining!
Riverbend, like all non-profits, is dependent on the generous support of our community. Without your ongoing commitment we would cease to exist. Therefore, I thank you in advance, on behalf of all of us at Riverbend, for your generous gifts that inspire a love of nature in more than 12,000 people each year.
Happy Spring!
 
With warm regards to all,
Laurie Bachman
Executive Director 
Volunteer Spotlight:
 
 
We would like to recognize the many contributions and extend our heartfelt thanks to a steadfast and generous Board Member, Lisa Williamson. Lisa first came to Riverbend when her son Alec attended our summer camp in 2000 and she has been a cheerleader for Riverbend ever since. Lisa is a wonderful volunteer with a willingness to step up and work hard on Riverbend's behalf, including Co-Chairing our Gala Garden Party three years in a row.  Lisa isn't afraid to get her hands dirty either, she faithfully comes out for our annual Vine-a-thon to help remove invasive plants from our trees and we can often count on Lisa to help out with large mailings throughout the year.
 
Lisa has instilled the importance of volunteering in her son Matt who is an 8th grade student at Welsh Valley Middle School. Matt joins Lisa for the Vine-a-thons,  and mailings are a family affair. He has also helped out with the Haunted Trails and Forest Frolic. Matt has outgrown our summer camp but Riverbend is in his heart and he now comes back in the summer and during school holidays as a volunteer. Lisa's values and appreciation of nature are certainly evident in her son Matthew.
 
Our newest capital endeavor, the redesigned and restored Alec Williamson Bird Observation Area, named in memory of Lisa and Lars' son, Alec, is a wonderful addition to our property and serves as a very special outdoor classroom for all of the children who come to Riverbend for camp, school field trips, scouting or with their family just for fun.
 
Thank you, Lisa, for your and your family's ongoing commitment to Riverbend, for helping to raise Riverbend's profile in the community and for your generous support.  Your dedication is truly appreciated. 
Membership
 
Many thanks to all of our 2008 members for your support of and participation in the many programs and nature programs offered here at Riverbend. We hope you will support Riverbend in this meaningful way in 2009. Annual membership is from April 1st to March 31st each year and as we prepare to renew memberships for 2009 we want to give our current and prospective members a "green" vehicle in which to join or renew.  Click here (Benefits) to learn more about what membership means and click below to be directed to a secure site to update your membership. In addition to being kept informed of and involved in the many Riverbend programs and happenings, your joining via our website will reduce Riverbend's "footprint" both environmentally and financially. Each of us doing what we can to support environmental education will make a difference for the children in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Thank you again for your support and please contact Meg Grady with your membership questions.
mgrady@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 x 104). Membership 
Earth Hour 2009 coming March 28th 
 
In anticipation of Earth Day - we want to make sure all of our members and friends have the opportunity to participate in the Earth Hour event coming up on Saturday March 28 at 8:30pm est. Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome's Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights Cities all around the globe will be powering down for one hour. This is an excellent opportunity to spend quiet time with your children to reflect on our consumption habits during this global effort to conserve . To sign up and for more information click here Earth Hour.
Earth Days of Service  
 
As Earth Day (April 22) and National Volunteer Week (April 18-25) collide this year, Riverbend's list of activities keeps growing! As a participant in the Greater Philadelphia Environmental Network GPEN, our volunteer opportunities will be posted on this web site listing Earth Day related events going on throughout the region at our 30+ "green" organization partners' locations throughout the month of April. We and our partners have pledged more than 20,000 hours of community service to the environment, cleaning streams and parks, planting trees, beautifying neighborhoods, placing bird feeders, and more. The idea is to collectively host as many volunteers as is possible while we raise awareness for Earth Day in the community during the month of April. 
 
Riverbend has a large group from PECO coming out to plant trees and pull that pesky garlic mustard for us on April 23rd. On the morning of April 18th our annual Vine-A-Thon back! We look forward to seeing these "turbo" volunteers out that day. We hear there is some serious competition heating up among the Ardmore Rotary and Glackin Thomas Panzak! In addition St. Joseph's University will be out at Riverbend as part of their Community Day. It should be a great Day!
 
We are extremely grateful to all of our volunteers and would like to accomodate as many groups as we can throughout the month of April and beyond. For more information please contact Meg Grady, Development and Volunteer Coordinator mgrady@riverbendeec.org.
 
Our Mission:
Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaches    environmental principles to children in Southeastern Pennsylvania through a direct connection with nature, inspiring respect for our natural world and action as aware, responsible and caring citizens.
 
For more information about Riverbend and our many educational programs, please visit our website: www.riverbendeec.org  

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