River Bend Nature Center
River Bend Nature Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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 Bryant Edwards Learning Center contains over 100 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 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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sagreatdan
Canberra, Australia226 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
There is a lot of potential here but the place is looking a bit tired, potentially due to the long running dry streak in Texas. Hopefully it will come good in the future. Butterflys were disappointing, we honestly see more in our local wildlife reserve.

The outdoor nature walk was nice with good signage and small features built by a scout troop.

Staff were pleasant and enthusiastic about the facility.
Written 22 October 2022
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nagrom76
Moodus, CT12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
On recent visit to the Wichita Falls area visiting family we made our way to River Bend Nature Center. There we met Kevin, one of the staff, and he gave us a first class trip through the facility. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable about the creatures and plants that you will see there. We also met Gabe who has a world of knowledge on the insects found in Texas. There two guys made this one of the best experiences we have ever had at a Nature Center.
Written 31 August 2022
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Sarah S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This was the most wonderful experience! The girl who showed us around had just started there two weeks ago, and she was fantastic! So sweet and answered all of our questions! She showed us all the animals and even took some out for us to see up close .
Written 28 May 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind words, come back and visit us soon!
Written 31 May 2022
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Rachel I
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is a cute little place, but it is not extensive. There is a reason it is only $6.I love what they are doing to educate people and protect species. If you have kids, go, enjoy. Otherwise you may be a bit underwhelmed.
Written 27 May 2022
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Melva H
Dallas, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The coloring sheets was fun and making them into puppets, The staff was amazing, the lady at the butterfly station explained everything to detail!! We even experienced a butterfly hatching!!..the trails we're fun!! And the gift shop has a neat variety to pick from.. we definitely will be back!!
Written 3 April 2022
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Thank you so much for your feedback, hope your granddaughter had an awesome birthday!
Written 4 April 2022
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vickie C
Kennedale, TX61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This place was an awesome distraction while waiting for our Hotel room to be ready, I am sure it would be so pretty in the Spring and Summer when everything is in bloom, Loved the indoor area with the Butterflies , The staff was so helpful with information, nice walking paths and cozy sitting areas
Written 18 March 2022
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Louis F
Altus, OK1,020 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The has a lot to offer and is perfect for young children. There is a decent trail that goes through the woods and they have a butterfly exhibit along with some other animals that you can check out. Plenty of activities for the little ones.
Written 15 January 2022
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RayVuoleMangiare
Arizona172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Nice walking paths. Information signs were fun to read. Staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. Try going early, by afternoon it was a bit warm, but still ok.
Written 17 September 2021
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LaDonna S
Mesquite, TX27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I am such a kid at heart. I couldn't resist the opportunity to participate in the RBNC Scavenger Hunt. I love these kinds of these because it makes you really slow down and enjoy your experience and ask questions from the very friendly staff. We even discovered that they are equipped to host weddings and receptions for those nature lovers.
Written 4 July 2021
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX1,206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We stopped here on our way through town on a road trip so we could stretch our legs. It was ok. I've been to way better nature centers and Botanical gardens but it wasn't bad. Perhaps it would be much better in the spring when all the flowers are in bloom. In the summer when we went everything was dry and looked dead. The butterfly part was nice and the guy there was super friendly pointing out the different types of butterflies. They have a few live animals inside (turtles, snakes, and lizards) and the nature walk has the potential to be pretty....when its not too hot. If you decide to do the nature walk be sure to bring mosquito repellent as we were swarmed and bitten quite a bit by them. Overall it was ok but I think it might be better for kids. $6 admission is a fair price for what it is.
Written 18 June 2021
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