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River Bend Nature Center

#1 of 28 things to do in Wichita Falls Features Animals
2200 3rd St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3041
+1 940-767-0843
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A Nature trek.

A small place, but full of knowledgeable staff ever willing to entertain us. What exhibits they had... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
via mobile
Daughters wedding

They were the most hospitable folks. Very reasonably priced and a great venue for daughters... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“gift shop” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2200 3rd St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3041
+1 940-767-0843
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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
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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.

Thank charmie_sanders
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Laura A
Reviewed 28 January 2017 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...More

Thank jefforyjh4216
Reviewed 21 January 2017

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...More

Thank Charrie S
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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.