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River Bend Nature Center

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Address: 2200 3rd St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3041
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+1 940-767-0843
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12:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm. River...

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm. River Bend Nature Center (RBNC) is a 20 acre, non-profit environmental education facility. River Bend connects people to their natural environment through educational activities, environmental awareness, and conservation examples. Our most popular attractions are the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Peyton’s Place, the Bryant Edwards Learning Center, the River Bottom Forest Trail, and the United Children’s Garden. Peyton’s Place is filled with flowering plants and hundreds of gorgeous, living butterflies. The Bryant Edwards Learning Center contains over 30 live exhibits, such as turtles, salamanders, insects, and frogs. There is always plenty to see and observe! The Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, 7,000 sq. ft. glass structure. It is home to prairie dogs, fish, turtles, and butterflies, and is landscaped with prairie grasses, trees, shrubs, and wildflowers of the Rolling Plains. RBNC has over 17 acres of bottom land forest, trails, gardens, and wetlands. Come on out and see River Bend Nature Center, it is truly a special place to explore and learn.

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friendly staff that like to tel you al they know

We visited the center in our vacation last november the staff was so friendly and helpfull it was almost like having a privet tourguide they also had a wheelchair for me to use..

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Almere, The Netherlands
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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went in January and were surprised that even everything in the greenhouse was dormant; the trees had all lost their leaves with piles of dead leaves everywhere, the grasses and plants were all dead (and not cleaned up), etc. The only living thing was a holly-type of plant and a few in the corners. We did get to see... More 

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Almere, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the center in our vacation last november the staff was so friendly and helpfull it was almost like having a privet tourguide they also had a wheelchair for me to use..

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DeSoto, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We went for the Electricritter light show. Not at all impressive. If you have teens or preteens, i promise you they will NOT enjoy this place, not much to see for them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the nature center. Friendly and very knowledgeable staff. Had a wheel chair we could borrow so my daughter could go out on the trail. Kids activities. Very affordable cost.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We attended a wedding at the pavilion. The area was very spacious and clean. There were fairy lights around the enclosure, which gave it a nice touch. There were plenty of tables for the meal after the wedding. The view was beautiful!

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Raleigh N C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This is not a zoo this is a learning center that has animals that have been rescued and rehabilitated and unable to go back into the wild. For a nominal entry fee a docent gives you a guided tour then you can walk around on a lot of trails. I found it fascinating and I hope you will too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

My kids loved this place, and they learned a lot about butterflies, plants and Nature! All the staff was very attentive and Kevin was awesome, the kids learned a lot from Kevin. Thank you Kevin for passing your knowledge along!!

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Thank Fabiola M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I had limited time but thanks to the best guides one could want it was a very very enjoyable time Hope to get back with the grandkids

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Had a great, interesting and informative tour guide! He took his time to explain EVERYTHING and answer any questions we had before moving on to the next exibits. . You can see the love of animals and plants in every staff member here. Amazing trip! Well worth the time.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Great place to visit and utilize especially for an outside event. Beautiful facility, large space. Held an outdoor wedding here, they have a lovely little 'chapel' in an outdoor arbor with bench seats in the shade of large trees. Did not really visit the nature center museum, but the outdoor pavillions, nature trails, etc are stunning. Parking is a bit... More 

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