Annual Fund

As we conclude our celebration of Riverbend’s 40th anniversary this year, we are asking you to consider making a gift to our annual fund that will help to ensure that Riverbend will continue to enrich the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals through our education programs and this special place.

 Your commitment...

Will enable Riverbend to continue the ongoing restoration of the land, becoming a more lovely and healthy preserve that you can visit and enjoy any day of the year. Designated as a “hot spot” for bird watching, sightings of 101 species have been officially recorded. In April of this year, a volunteer and skilled birder spotted 30 species in one day.

Your commitment...

Will support STEM outreach programs for children living in underserved communities. Recently, the fourth grade from an elementary school in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia visited our preserve for a hands-on lesson about watersheds. This school scores well below the School District of Philadelphia’s average on PSSA testing and only one student in the class of 18 visiting reads at grade level. These are children who are primarily raised in single parent families, every student qualifies for a free hot breakfast and lunch and the most consistent person in their life is their devoted but often overwhelmed teacher. And yet, the children were here because of this teacher’s commitment to science learning. Students were excited to catch critters in the creek and learn that because they found crayfish, mayflies and a salamander it means that Saw Mill Run is a pretty healthy creek. They also loved digging in the dirt, touching live animals and running down the trail. Exploring in the outdoors ignited their thirst for learning.

 Your commitment...

Increases our capacity to integrate the magic of nature into the lives of a growing number of people each year and supports our vision to be recognized as “a model environmental learning resource for children in Southeastern Pennsylvania known for our superior educational programs and as a unique and significant destination”. Educators working at Riverbend are replicating our model at other nature centers and our senior staff is regularly solicited for advice regarding strategic planning and program development.

Your commitment...

Will enable us to continue to develop relevant and innovative programming. In early 2015 we will realize the creation of a long awaited Aquaponics greenhouse and a significant expansion of our education programs.

In our 40th year we are stronger than ever and positioned to increase our impact in the community as we step into our next decade. However, we can’t do it without your commitment.

Please consider making a meaningful gift to Riverbend at this time. It is a worthy investment in children, the community and the environment.


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