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Address: 2200 3rd Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone Number: +1 940-767-0843
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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We were told there was "nothing" for families to do in Wichita Falls and were pleasantly surprised to find this gem. It won't take a whole day to explore, but it's great for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jessica L
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Arlington, Texas
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Arlington, Texas
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61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were told there was "nothing" for families to do in Wichita Falls and were pleasantly surprised to find this gem. It won't take a whole day to explore, but it's great for a couple of hours and well worth the admission fee of $5 per person. Our docent was Kevin and was extremely informative, answering any questions my children... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Could of had more activities to look at or do but it was still an amazing place with great helpful staff that really care and have a lot of great knowledge! Beautiful place

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longview, tx
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58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Saturday when it was snowing outside so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The children checked out explorer packs at the front desk. They had binoculars, magnifying glass, flash light, etc. and a scavenger hunt sheet that could be completed for a small prize. There were interesting exploration and arts activities set out on... More 

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Thank starcriers
New Mexico
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved it. The tour guide had lots if interesting info about the local flora and fauna. We went there with two teenagers and they were impressed also.

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Thank Chris M
atlanta, georgia
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

I have been to a lot of different nature centers, I was not expecting much from such a small one, I was pleasantly surprised! The center and the volunteers are excellent. The docent showed all the reptiles and fed them, we then went to see the Road Runner and prairie dogs, which were very tame and we got up close... More 

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Thank cumberlandga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

This is such a great place. Our guide Kevin knew everything he was so informative. The butterfly place was awesome. The trail walk for wheelchairs and on the dirt work beautiful

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Thank Jeannie C
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Knowledgeable staff. Tour was excellent and we loved the butterflies! My husband got to hold a tranchala!

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Nice small native species . Butterfly exhibit. Nature trail with a pond. Nice Large outdoor pavillion. Educational Displays. Friendly Staff and Volunteers. Traveling Exhibits and Shows. Low Entrance fee.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

One of those attractions where you think, "Hmmmm, this might be a bit lame". But. Actually, it's terrific. The advertised road runner, prairie dogs, turtles, etc. live up to expectations. The butterflies steal the show. Several species. Every day, some emerging from their pupae. Knowledgeable guides. Good for adults and kids.

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Thank Mark S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

My husband and I got married here. Best experience EVER! Staff is beyond helpful and sweet. The grounds are beyond gorgeous! Our pictures turned out amazing. You must see the butterflies, animals and road runner. Please donate to this awesome place.

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