Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro will host its 24th annual fall fundraiser, Banquet on the Bluff, on Saturday, October 10 from 6-7 p.m. This year’s event will be 100% virtual and proceeds will support Eagle Bluff through the continued impacts of COVID-19 and help deliver reimagined outdoor learning programs.
For many children, Eagle Bluff offers the rare opportunity to experience nature and the environment first-hand while supplementing their classroom learning in history, language arts, and the sciences. Unfortunately, this year programming has been severely disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eagle Bluff has implemented new safety protocols for schools and groups this fall and is offering new outreach programming and trainings to help teachers facilitate their own outdoor learning experiences at their school. Attendees of Banquet on the Bluff will be making these reimagined programs happen with their generous support.
“Like many industries, COVID-19 has hit nonprofit residential environmental education centers hard and we are no exception,” Eagle Bluff executive director Colleen Foehrenbacher said. “However, this fall we are dedicated to providing reimagined programming to schools and groups who are still able to make the trip, with safety for participants and staff at top of mind. Looking forward, we are excited to celebrate the future of our programs with attendees of Banquet on the Bluff.”
This year Eagle Bluff welcomes writer, speaker, and humorist Al Batt as the evening’s special guest emcee. Additionally, an online silent auction, which opens on October 5, will offer participants the chance to bid on many unique items and experiences. The following is just a taste of what the auction has to offer:
• Four-night stay for two at a private casita in the mountains of Santa Fe, N. Mex.
• Private hot air balloon ride for two
• Guided drift boat fishing trip
• Week-long turkey hunt on private land
• Two-night cabin stay in Whalan
• Community-Supported Fishery Share
The event is Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 6 p.m. via Facebook Live and Youtube Live. Tickets are free and can be reserved online at eaglebluffmn.org/banquet or by calling (507) 467-2437. An enhanced ticket is available for $20, which invites 21+ attendees to join a pre-banquet virtual interactive cocktail hour hosted by Eagle Bluff founding director Joe Deden and executive director Colleen Foehrebacher. The evening is presented by F & M Community Bank.
Located five miles northwest of Lanesboro, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people to care for the earth and each other.