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River Bend Nature Center

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Address: 2200 3rd St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3041
Phone Number:
+1 940-767-0843
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Beautiful Wedding

I had my wedding here and it was truly amazing. The Chapel down the path was perfect. The added lighting that they provided made it magical. Everyone thought it was just... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I had my wedding here and it was truly amazing. The Chapel down the path was perfect. The added lighting that they provided made it magical. Everyone thought it was just beautiful there. I have to agree. Even if you aren't planning a wedding they have a green house area that is awesome. They do event's all the time. They... More 

2 Thank JohanaBanana
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Being a small exhibit, I got to speak with the employees who shared many wonderful facts about the butterflies. The kids were ecstatic to be around them!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Took a four year old, a ten year old and a thirteen year old and they ALL enjoyed it. The butter house was beautiful,informative and very hands on. The trails are lit up around Christmas, another good family time. A MUST SEE

1 Thank Nicole H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Living here there's no zoo or aquarium that they can go to so this is the closest thing Wichita Falls has. They have so aquariums and terrariums, a roadrunner, and a butterfly room. There's also a nature trail, and some educational areas. My oldest got to do a summer camp there this year, and she really enjoyed it.

1 Thank Cary V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This place is geared towards younger children, I felt. However it was still interesting for my older children. You'll learn some unusual facts about different animals. There are reptiles, prairie dogs, a road runner just to name a few. Also a butterfly in- closer. Outside there are trails to walk, you may look for animal tracks or just enjoy the... More 

1 Thank Heather R
Spring Hill, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

This was a nice stop with my 15 and 18 year old boys. They were interested in the educational displays as well as the hands on. The trails were fun to walk around as well but i suggest mosquito repellant. The staff is very friendly and well educated.they answered many questions from my boys.

2 Thank kadn
Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Had a day in Wichita Falls to explore and decided to take in the Nature Center. There is a wonderful display of native plants and trees. A walkway takes the visitor down to the stream below. There is also a butterfly enclosure and a children's garden.

3 Thank jo Anne W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

We had been meaning to go to this for years and finally made it. We were lucky as Kevin guided us around and passed on some interesting facts plus we were introduced to Rocco the Roadrunner and his stick collection. Interesting fact, scorpions excrete a chemical that makes them fluoresce under a black light. Good visit

2 Thank 810taylor
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

The nature center is located just before the entrance to Lucy park. The main building contains plants, butterflies, a roadrunner, turtles, and prairie dogs. The outside has more plants and two trails that lead into the forested area surrounding the center. The activity room has lots of things for kids to do and see. The entrance fee is very reasonable.... More 

1 Thank D H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

My kids extremely enjoyed themselves the entire time. Staff helped with any and all questions. Even during Christmas the sites was interesting.

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