To the Newbies of River Bend!
WELCOOME! Just a few short weeks ago, I too, was a newbie of RBNC. I lived and grew up in Owatonna, and somehow had never heard of this magical little corner of the world until I filled out an application to be a Temporary Environmental Educator this summer! (Which is by far the best decision I have ever made.)
The first thing you see while walking into the Nature Center, is a smile from every employee and amazing murals covering every wall. Kids will be thrilled to see and possibly meet our various adorable Animal Ambassadors, fur friends are welcomed (on a leash) and will be amazed at the many trails they can sniff and walk their four paws on, and the general public will love the scenery and the pure smell of the outdoors.
Here are some of my FAVORITE MUST-SEE spots!
If you are looking for an entrance into another world, or have a daughter who is obsessed with faeries or Rapunzel from the Disney movie Tangled, THIS is the trail for you! The moment you step foot onto Rabbit Trail you are engulfed in long grasses and tall trees…add to that, blue skies, and you have yourself a perfect day and a gorgeous hike. In the early summer this picture perfect path turns into a sea of purple when Dames Rocket (an invasive but beautiful flower) pops up and blooms. This is a GORGEOUS MUST SEE!
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles there and back
(photo credit: Jen)
If you are looking for a SUPER SHORT “hike” or it just rained for 5 days straight and you need to get out of the house for the afternoon…go to our charming home grown waterfall! The trickling of the waters, and the buzz of animal life around you provides the perfect background noise for a short adventure! Have the kids search for salamanders, see if they can make out some floating water bugs gliding on the streams surface, walk down the stream a ways to spot some deer…and don’t forget to take a gorgeous picture on our leaning tree on the way out!
Trail Difficulty: Medium (simply because it is somewhat steep)
Length: VERY SHORT
Fact of the matter is, ANYWHERE you go while at River Bend Nature Center holds possible adventures and memories! So get out there!
This is Kenzie, SIGNING OUT!