Riverbend Environmental Education Center 40.0683° N -75.2832° W

Description

Riverbend Environmental Education Center sits on a 30-acre preserve in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. We teach 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. All of our programs focus on engaging children in the practices of science, including asking questions, making observations, and collecting data.

Some of our programs take place at neighboring preserves located within a short drive of Riverbend's main campus.

Our programs typically begin at 10AM, but we are happy to be flexible to meet our schools' needs. If you would like your program to begin earlier or later, please let us know!

Please note- Riverbend has a minimum program fee of $125 per group.


Lunch Notes

Riverbend has picnic tables for students to use during their trip. If you plan to eat lunch at Riverbend, please bring lunches that do not need to be refrigerated. We are a carry-in/carry-out facility so please plan to take your trash with you!

Bathroom Notes

Two single-stall restrooms are available in the main barn at Riverbend, as well as a single stall bathroom near the meadow and supplemental porta-potties near the stream.

Cancellation Policy

As an outdoor education facility, Riverbend closely monitors weather conditions. Student safety is our top priority.
Riverbend programs run rain or shine. However, in the event of unsafe weather conditions, Riverbend staff will determine if a program can safely operate and notify schools of cancellations by 7:30 on the morning of the program. In the event that a program is cancelled due to weather, we will work with schools to reschedule within the same calendar year.
All other cancellation/reschedule requests must be received in writing at least 3 weeks before the originally scheduled program date. Riverbend cannot provide refunds for cancelled programs.

Info

1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035

+1 610-527-5234

Sun
Closed
Mon
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tues
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thur
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat
Closed
Subjects
Science, Ecosystems, Earth's Systems, Weather And Climate, Engineering, Life Sciences, Biology, Animals, The Water Cycle, Water Testing, Adaptation, Climate
Activities
Field Trip
Grades
3 5, 6 8, 9 12, K 2, Preschool
Cost
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Habitat Exploration (90 minutes)

What do all living things need to survive? How do animals and plants depend on each other? Students will explore Riverbend’s habitats to find the answers to these and other questions about local wildlife. Choose two of the following habitats to explore: pond, stream, meadow, or forest. Recommended for grades K-1.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, animals

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Habitat Exploration (2.5 hours)

What do all living things need to survive? How do animals and plants depend on each other? Students will explore Riverbend’s ecosystem to find the answers to these and other questions about local wildlife. Choose three of the following habitats to explore: pond, stream, meadow, or forest. Recommended for grades 2 and up.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, life sciences, animals

Grades
k-2, 3-5, 6-8
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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The Aquaponics Ecosystem - Partner Schools Only!

Exclusive to our Aquaponics Partner Schools! Aquaponics is an ecosystem that relies on natural processes to work properly. On this field trip, students will explore Riverbend's 300-square foot Aquaponics greenhouse and compare it to a natural stream and a forest. They will investigate what makes a healthy ecosystem, as well as the threats that could damage an ecosystem.

This program can accommodate up to 3 classes at a time. For information about Riverbend's Aquaponics School Partnerships, please contact Riverbend at 610-527-5234.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, earth's systems

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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Environmental Challenges

Students will work in teams to investigate real environmental challenges happening at and around Riverbend and prepare a solution for one of the problems to present to the larger group. Challenges include food security, soil erosion, invasive species, and stream runoff. This program is designed for students in grades 8 and up.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, earth's systems, weather and climate, engineering

Grades
6-8, 9-12
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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Habitat Exploration at Natural Lands Saunders Woods (90 minutes)

What do all living things need to survive? How do animals and plants depend on each other? Students will explore local habitats to find the answers to these and other questions about local wildlife. Choose two of the following habitats to explore: stream, meadow, or forest. This program takes place at the Natural Lands Saunders Woods preserve, located 10 minutes from Riverbend's main campus. Recommended for grades K-2.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, life sciences

Grades
k-2
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Tall Tall Trees at Natural Lands Saunders Woods

Visit our restored deciduous forest to see a variety of native tree species. Students will learn to identify tree species as well as the important role trees have in our local ecosystem. This program takes place at Natural Lands Saunders Woods, located 10 minutes from Riverbend's main campus.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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Frozen Foragers

Learn which animals run for cover, which head for warmer weather, and which stick around Riverbend through the winter.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, life sciences

Grades
preschool, k-2, 3-5
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Tall, Tall Trees

Visit our restored deciduous forest to see a variety of native tree species. Students will learn to identify tree species as well as the important role trees have in our local ecosystem.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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Nature's Senses

Investigate the outdoors through activities that use sight, hearing, smell, and touch. This is a perfect nature experience for young learners.

Subjects Covered

science

Grades
preschool, k-2
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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From Eggs to Legs (2.5 hours)

How does an egg become a frog? How do caterpillars grow into beautiful butterflies? Students will learn about the life cycles and visit the pond to catch tadpoles, froglets, and frogs and the meadow to look for signs of butterflies. Please note-all stages of the animals' life cycles may not be present at all times of the year.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals

Grades
preschool, k-2, 3-5
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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From Eggs to Legs (90 minutes)

How does an egg become a frog? Students will learn about the frog life cycle and visit the pond to catch tadpoles, froglets, and frogs. Please note- tadpoles and froglets may not be present at all times of the year.

Subjects Covered

science, animals

Grades
preschool, k-2
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Watersheds

Is our watershed healthy? How can we tell? Students will conduct a stream investigation, sample water, and hike a watershed trail to learn how water connects us all. Note: This program takes place at our neighboring site, Woodmont, located less than 5 minutes from Riverbend's main campus.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, the water cycle, water testing

Grades
3-5, 6-8
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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Habitat Exploration at Natural Lands Saunders Woods (2.5 hours)

What do all living things need to survive? How do animals and plants depend on each other? Students will explore a stream, meadow, and forest to find the answers to these and other questions about local wildlife. This program takes place at the Natural Lands Saunders Woods preserve, located 10 minutes from Riverbend's main campus.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, life sciences

Grades
k-2, 3-5
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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