Family Overnight at Riveredge
Theme: Exploring the Night Sky (All Ages)
Saturday, September 1, 5pm – Sunday, September 2, 9am
Join a Riveredge Naturalist for a unique opportunity to experience Riveredge after hours. Spend the evening exploring the trails, looking for night creatures, catching fireflies or relaxing at the campfire. Pitch your tent on the Riveredge lawn and slumber to the sound of the night choir. Bring a picnic supper, and in the morning you’ll enjoy pancakes with Riveredge maple syrup. Space is limited so register early. Each family is limited to one tent. Call 262-375-2715 to register.
Fee (per family): Member $40 Non-member $55
Buhtan: The Land of the Thunder Dragon
Riveredge Bird Club
Tuesday, September 4, Hike at 6pm, Program at 7pm
Chubzang Tangbi explores Bhutan’s philosophy of gross national happiness along with its history, culture and traditions, wildlife and, of course, birds and BIRDING opportunities.
RNC Naturalist Series
Thursday, September 6 & October 4, 9–3pm
Saturday, September 22 & October 20, 1– 4pm
If you are curious about natural communities, how they work, and the plants and animals that live in them, this course is for you. Visit www.riveredge.us
for details. Fee: $30 per full day programs and $15 for half day programs. Call to register for individual classes or the entire course (some discounts apply if you sign up for the entire course). Topics for Sept. and October include:
· 9/6 –Concepts in Ecology: Learn ecology basics, animal adaptations and the concept of natural selection. (Full Day)
· 9/22 –Plant Communities of Wisconsin: An introduction to botany and the major plant communities of Wisconsin and neighboring states. (Half Day)
· 10/4 – Fungus of Wisconsin: Learn from Dr. Allen Parker about the variety of fungus in our region. (Full Day)
· 10/20 - Freshwater Biology: Examine the physical components and biological communities of rivers, streams, and ponds and the relationships between them. (Half Day)
Adult Program at Riveredge
Friday, September 7 & 21, October 12, 3-4:30pm (NEW TIME)
Walk with Mandie Zopp, Riveredge’s Senior Naturalist, and become acquainted with the seasonal changes occurring throughout the sanctuary. We will record our sightings of the plants, animals and weather during our walk. Feel free to bring a journal, camera, binoculars and don’t forget the bug spray. Walks take place rain or shine. Ages 12 and Up. Call 262-375-2715 to register. Fee: Free
Tying and Talking Salmon
Fly Fishing Series
Sunday, September 9, 12:30-3:30pm
Spend a pleasant afternoon discussing equipment, flies, species available, and the timing and location of salmon runs. If you are a tyer, we’ll tie some simple flies as we talk. If not, you will learn what flies you need to buy. Tying materials will be supplied, just bring your tools. Pre-registration required. Call 262-375-2715 to register.
Fee: Non-member $35, Member $30
Nature Tots: Environmental Education for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult
Wednesday, September 12, 10-11:30am
Let’s act out the butterfly lifecycle and experience the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. Then we will flit and flutter across the prairie in order to get a look at many winged beauties. Help us catch and tag migrating Monarchs to help with the Monarch Watch migration research project. Pre-registration suggested. Call 262-375-2715 to register.
Fee: Adult $6, Nature Tot $4
Member: Adult $4, Nature Tot $3
Riveredge Fiber Guild
Saturday, September 15, 10am-12pm
Knit, crochet, spin or weave at Riveredge Nature Center. Bring your fiber projects and enjoy the sights of forests, fields and ponds. The Riveredge Fiber Guild meets the third Saturday of every month. Fee: Free
Children’s Natural Play Area Grand Opening Celebration!
A Special Family Event
Sunday, September 16, 1-3pm
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of the Children’s Natural Play Area. Explore the meandering stream channel, climb on the tamarack platform, venture into the silo cavern and search for buried treasure in the sand. There will be plenty of activities for children of all ages, an ice cream social and a chance to decorate a ceramic tile for the silo. Tiles cost $10 each and all proceeds benefit the Natural Play Area. Check the website for more details. Hope to see you there!
This event is free and open to the public.
Growing, Harvesting, and Preserving Earth
Science for Everyone Lecture Series
Tuesday, September 18, 7pm at Riveredge Nature Center
As a Master Gardener, Kathleen Awe is a trained volunteer who aids the University of Wisconsin-Extension staff by helping people in their community better understand horticulture and their environment. Kathleen Awe will discuss the process and intricacies of growing, harvesting, and preserving your vegetable and herb garden harvest now that the growing season is coming to an end.
Fee: Free ($5 Donation Appreciated)
Where Does Our Food Come From?
Nature Detectives: Environmental Education for children ages 6-12, adults welcome
Saturday, September 22, 1-3pm
Join us in the organic garden and learn about where our food
comes from starting from our homes and moving to the farm. We’ll
also try a variety of delicious ripe vegetables and herbs from the garden!
Pre-registration suggested. Call 262-375-2715 to register.
Fee: Adult $6, Nature Detective $4
Member: Adult $4, Nature Detective $3
Riveredge Silent Sports: Harvest Run or Hike
Adults and Children 12 and Up
Saturday, September 22, 1-2:30pm
Join the hiking group or the running group and get ready to take in the delights of the Riveredge prairies in all their September splendor. The prairie isn’t the only place at its peak this time of year – the garden is bursting with tasty treats. Bring an appetite and sample garden produce as a workout reward! Fee: $4, Member Fee: $2
Introduction to Permaculture for the Average Homeowner
Science for Everyone Lecture Series
Tuesday, September 25, 7pm at the Washington County Public Agency Center
Is your idea of gardening to enjoy colorful flowers or to harvest vegetables and tomatoes in wicker baskets just before you serve them at the table? If the thought of pulling weeds, digging garden beds, battling pests or lack of space prevented you from gardening in the past you might consider joining us to learn how to garden by working with nature rather than against it. Join Dr. Mai Morshidi Phillips, the Coordinator of the Conservation and Environmental Science (CES) Program at UW-Milwaukee, as she discusses the importance of permaculture and how you can implement it in your life.
Fee: Free ($5 Donation Appreciated)
Tuesday, September 25, 7pm
The Photo Club brings together those who enjoy photography and wish to take better pictures through practice. Held at Riveredge on the last Tuesday of every month.
Calling All Scouts!
Check our website for information on how to sign your troop up for fun and engaging programs at Riveredge this fall. Girl Scouts can participate in programs such as Seeds Festival, Starry Night Hike, Water Cycle Adventure or Wilderness Survival Overnight. Boy Scouts can participate in the popular Geocaching program among others. We are in the process of developing more programs for scouts, so check our website for updates. If you don't see a program that fits your needs, please contact us and we can design a program just for your group. Overnight opportunities are also available.