River Bend Nature Center, Faribault

#29 of 65 in Wildlife in Minnesota
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
River Bend Nature Center is a non-profit day-use nature center in the city of Faribault, Minnesota. It was established in the late 1970s as a 501 (c)(3) educational non-profit dedicated to helping people discover, enjoy, understand and preserve the natural world. The nature center encompasses 743 acres (3.01 km2) cradling the Straight River. There are 10 miles (16 km) of formal hiking trails with some also available for skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and snowmobiling. The main Interpretive Center houses naturalist staff, displays, Windows on the Wild backyard bird habitat, and the Carlander Nature Library. The Trailside Center is a 3-season programming and maintenance facility. Five peripheral parcels of River Bend are owned by The Nature Conservancy.
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  • I continue to be amazed of the beauties of nature and how it changes season to season. River Bend Nature Center has been a great place for me to rediscover that. Trails are kept up well for...  more »
  • It was raining, so we didn't get to enjoy the trails. The Nature Center looked like the perfect place for the summer day camp in process! Would love to go back next time we are in Faribault.  more »
  • Great place to take a walk, see wildlife and sit and watch a sunset. Good snowshoeing and cross country skiing as well. We taken care of. Needs some help with downed trees from last years tornado.
  • Incredible. I am so thankful that grew up in a city with its own nature center in the land of 10,000 lakes. It's hard not to appreciate the beauty let alone the Intelligence behind the design.

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