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River Bend Nature Center

#1 of 27 things to do in Wichita Falls Features Animals
2200 3rd St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3041
+1 940-767-0843
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As part of a trip back for a high school reunion a classmate and I made it a goal to see what the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kenneth D
via mobile

This Nature Center was well maintained and the staff was very friendly. We absolutely loved the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Shelly S
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2200 3rd St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3041
+1 940-767-0843
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As part of a trip back for a high school reunion a classmate and I made it a goal to see what the sights were to be seen in Wichita Falls. This place is worth the trip the butterfly room had about 5 different specimens...More

Thank Kenneth D
Reviewed 4 days ago

This Nature Center was well maintained and the staff was very friendly. We absolutely loved the Butterfly Garden area.

Thank Shelly S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my seven-year-old grandson to RiverBend. He really enjoyed seeing the. He really enjoyed seeing the snakes there and got to hold a couple. He also love seeing rocky the Roadrunner, the prairie dogs and the Tortoise. We finally Wonder down to where the...More

Thank lejomial
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's a lot fitted into a small space here! The inside exhibits are air conditioned, which was good news on the day I visited. I'd have loved to spend more time on the nature trail but- phew - it was just too steamy! Loved the...More

Thank Cowboy_Kev
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

A small place, but full of knowledgeable staff ever willing to entertain us. What exhibits they had they were well presented. There is an outside short trek, but it was getting quite hot and lack of shade, decided to forego this excursion.

Thank FangLam
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

They were the most hospitable folks. Very reasonably priced and a great venue for daughters wedding. Two thumbs up

Thank lyssa1960
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Visiting this nature center allows you to actually touch and view the many varying vegetation native to Texas. The presence of small native animals in different ecosystems is not only entertaining, but educational. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, enhancing an already fun experience!...More

Thank Janet S
RBNC, Exhibits Curator at River Bend Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words!

Reviewed 10 April 2017

At my own back door. First time to ever visit the Nature Center. My niece rent the"log cabin " that is there for a birthday party and I was soooo surprised to see how nice the area is. Playground equipment is top knot and wild...More

Thank swoods
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This place was great! The staff were friendly and informative about all the wildlife they had there. The guide took the time to present and inform us on any animal, insect, and reptile we wanted to know more about. This was very inexpensive for all...More

Thank Dawn F
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This was a very pleasant way to spend some hours before going to the hockey game! We entered through the gift shop which has a lot of nice things reasonably priced. Then on to the inside area where you meet some of the inhabitants, spiders,...More

Thank mikey76020
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15 May 2017|
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Response from lyssa1960 | Reviewed this property |
yes. i think so. the ramp to the wedding area is long but accesible
yves k
2 February 2017|
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Response from RBNC | Property representative |
Hello Yves! There is a lot to see and do in Wichita Falls. We have a handy community calendar which can be found at the Choose Wichita Falls Website, which has plenty of activities for all. As far as RBNC, we will have... More
18 December 2016|
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Response from RBNC | Property representative |
Hello! Yes we are, however we are closed Christmas and New Years day.