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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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09:00 - 17:00
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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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perfect for school trips

Ben there many times with class field trips. Always fun, informative and hands on. The staff is friendly, parking is great and there's a covered area for picnics.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Bowie, Texas
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Bowie, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ben there many times with class field trips. Always fun, informative and hands on. The staff is friendly, parking is great and there's a covered area for picnics.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I just love this place. Every time I go there is always something different to see and it is affordable too

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

River bend nature is a nice place to take the kids for a small outing. They have a small butterfly room that my kids loved along with some exhibits of a few snakes and bugs. Their Halloween event is the best thing they have going for them.

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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 14 January 2017

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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Thank Ellen E
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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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