What is your favorite winter activity? There are so many to choose from: snowshoeing, animal tracking, kicksledding, skiing, star gazing, making S’mores over the bonfire, and so many more. Luckily, I know just the right place to do all of those activities: Winterfest at River Bend Nature Center!
We have been busy here at River Bend getting ready for our winter fun day, Winterfest. Come join us this Saturday, January 21 from 1-4pm. Winterfest is a great opportunity to get outside, explore River Bend, and learn about or do something new and fun. There will be three “Snakes and Lizards” live animal shows and three “Stars in the Sky” shows which will be packed full with fun facts about animals and constellations. Grab a pair of snowshoes and learn how Native Americans were able to effectively walk in the snow without exhausting themselves, and give it a try yourself. Then grab a kicksled and experience how Scandinavians made traveling easier and more fun. You can even put your game face on, pretend you are in the Nordic Games, and have a kicksled race with your friends and family.
We will also be removing some of the invasive buckthorn found around the interpretive center to make walking sticks for you to bring home. Then, take your walking stick to the trails and explore two self-guided hikes; one about animal tracks and one about the history before the nature center was established. Start or end your hike at the amphitheater, where you can warm up by the fire, eat some S’mores, and drink some hot chocolate. One of the St. Olaf choirs will also be joining us and providing some wonderful winter themed melodies. In addition to all of that, there will be crafts, goats, games, popcorn, and more.
This is truly an extraordinary event. What makes it extraordinary? You! Your family! Your friends! So come out and join us. Challenge us to a kicksled race. Learn something new. Experience something amazing. Eat some delicious s’mores. Most importantly…have great winter fun at Winterfest!