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Address: 2200 3rd Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone Number: 940-767-0843
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Description: Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm...
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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Great place for kids of all ages

Took my grand daughter here and she loved it. She is a little shy , but after a few minutes she was laughing and really loved handling the animals and going in the buttefly cage.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
ELAINE R
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WICHITA FALLS, TX
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WICHITA FALLS, TX
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Took my grand daughter here and she loved it. She is a little shy , but after a few minutes she was laughing and really loved handling the animals and going in the buttefly cage.

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Castro Valley, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

In very early May we spent a couple of hours at the River Bend Nature Center learning about local animals, their personalities most especially show-cased. There was a very knowledgeable young man who handled a well-fed Norway Rat for us to pet, an inquisitive snake, and should you have a tendency towards spiders, tarantulas! There were prairie dogs, one in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Many different exhibits - great learning experience The butterfly pavilion is astonishing. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Nice place - the conservatory even had a roadrunner running around as well as a small but very nice butterfly room. The paved paths allow easy access to walk through native plants while the unpaved section allows visitors to find tracks of racoons, possums, deer, and more. Fortunately or unfortunately for me, the gift shop had all sorts of interesting... More 

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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163 reviews 163 reviews
64 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

For many people who visit Wichita Falls, it is easy to find out that there's not much to see or do in this city. Even so, there are a few interesting places worth visiting in this town. The River Bend Nature Center is that place. When you drive to here, you will quickly notice the building because you can see... More 

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RBNC, Public Relations Manager at River Bend Nature Center, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review, it really helps us get the word out! River Bend Nature Center is a private non-profit. We receive no state or federal government funding. We're dependent on kind donors to help complete our mission to connect people to nature.... More 

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This nature center was really nice. It's a simple center but the staff guides you through half of the facility which makes it a fun and educational experience. Our 1.5 year old loved it. I think one area of improvement might be adding a little more wildlife.

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Henrietta, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We went to visit the center's "Electric Critters". We enjoyed it very much. The staff is friendly and they have a wider arrange of displays than I was expecting. They have a cute little shop where kids can visit the Clause Clan and pick up a candy cane. They also have an old fashioned wagon lit up that kids can... More 

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We have visitied for events, had birthday parties here and attended weddings here. The place always has something different to offer.

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Alamo, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We took our just turned 3 year old grandson here for the first time for all of us. We are seniors so we purchased a year's membership for all three of us, it was that wonderful. Full of interesting exhibits, Kid friendly, informed docent, many live animals, snakes, turtles, prairie dogs and the wonderful butterfly exhibit. Also grand gift shop.... More 

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Kilgore, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

On a trip with an overnight/half day stopover in Wichita Falls, we stopped here on a whim after seeing it is the top rated attraction in Wichita Falls. We were very impressed by the whole place and experience! It deserves its spot as the top attraction in town. Admission is reasonably priced. We went with our kids, ages 5 and... More 

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