Programs & Activities

Programs & Activities

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Riverbend offers a wide array of standards aligned programs designed to connect students with the natural world and bring STEM to life through the lens of nature. Riverbend's Environmental Educators are trained to deliver programming that is developmentally appropriate and relevant to children from all backgrounds and abilities.

Please call for information about customized and Middle/High School programs!

Pond, Stream and Meadow
Habitats, Ecosystems

Our most popular program; Pond, Stream and Meadow immerses your students in multiple habitats at our nature preserve where they will discover plants and animals that make these places unique. Teachers may add a live animal station or shorten the program to only two habitats.

Recommended for Grades Prek-5
PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Nature's sense
5 senses, adaptations

Use your 5 senses to walk through nature and learn there is more than meets the eye in the great outdoors. Through activities that use sight, hearing, smell and touch, children explore nature.

Recommended for Grades PreK-3
Pa Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Riverbend Rock and Roll
Rock and minerals, ecosystems

Students explore the rock cycle, learning about sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks as well as the natural processes that change rocks. Rock sampling, hands on investigation and exploration of geological features at Riverbend help students discover the exciting world of geology.

Recommended for Grades 1-5
PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Flowers in Bloom
Plant life cycles, earth materials, photsynthesis, and pollination, seasons

Witness plants making their debut this spring. Through hikes, plant dissection and investigation, learn how plants emerge each spring into beautiful flowers and their important role in the ecosystem.

Recommended for Grades 1-5
Standards: PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Frozen Foragers
Adaptions, seasons, habitats

Just because it's cold outside does not mean that all animals go into hibernation. Discover which animals stick around Riverbend through the season and how they find food and survive.

Recommended for grades prek-5
Standards: PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3


Riverbend sits in a critical point in the middle Schuylkill River watershed. Students conduct a stream investigation, sample water, trace the watershed through the preserve and meet plants and animals that depend upon our watershed.

Recommended for grades 3-5
Standards 4.1, 4.2, 4.5

Animal Wrappers
Adaptations, classification

Animals all have different coverings, from fur, feathers, scales and skin. Learn how to tell the difference between birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians by looking at their coverings and other physical features. Discover differences between animals, plants and non-living things.

Recommended for Grades PreK-3
PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Beneath our feet
Soil, invertebrates, decomposition

Rocks, pebbles, sand, soil and so much more are below our feet. Explore the soil, discover animals that find their homes underground and learn how decomposers fit into the ecosystem.

Recommended for Grades 1-5
Standards: PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

From Eggs to Legs

How do frogs transform from eggs to frogs? How many transformations does a dragonfly experience in their lifetime? How to butterflies get their beautiful wings? Answers to these questions and more and students explore life cycles.

Recommended for Grades PreK-5
PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Tall Tall Trees
Tree identification, ecosystems, habitats, non-living and living, renewable and non-renewable resources

Our preserve is the perfect place to learn about Southeastern PA forests and tree species. Regardless of the time of year, we can visit trees at the preserve and learn how to identify species. Take our money back guarantee that your students will be able to correctly identify 4 species of local trees.

Recommended for Grades 1-5
Standards: PA Academic Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Insect Exploration
Invertebrates, adaptations, ecosystems, technology

With almost 100,000 species in the US alone, insects are the most diverse group of animals. Compare insects that live in aquatic ecosystems to ones that live in the meadow and forest as we explore Riverbend. See insects up close using microscopes and learn about the important role that they play in the ecosystem.

Recommended for grades PreK-5
Standards: 3.1 and 4.1


The minimum fee for all programs is $100. Otherwise, fees are per child. Adults and Chaperones are free of charge.

Half-day program (1.5 hours): $7 (July-March) $8 (April-June)
Full-day program (3 hours): $11 (July-March) $12 (April-June)

Ask about our customized series programs!

Full payment is due at the time of registration via check, credit card or purchase order. If payment is not received prior to program date, program will be canceled.

Riverbend accepts cash, check, and credit card or purchase order. We cannot provide refunds in the case that a school overpays for students who are absent on the day of the trip.

Contact: Erin McCool, Director of Education & Strategic Initiatives at or 610-527-5234 x 112.

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