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River Bend Nature Center

2200 3rd Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
940-767-0843
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tucson, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The staff are extremely helpful and informative. This is a great place to spend a couple hours. Especially educational for children since they can touch the reptiles.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Decided to check it out one afternoon and had a great time. Very relaxing walking down the trails and inside the people were quite polite and informative. Want to entertain some kids? Have em burn energy on the trails and then check out the snakes on the inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We had such a wonderful time there! But probably it wouldn't have been that way without the invaluable help of their nice crew. They were all awesome! My 4 yr old boy had a blast. They let us pet the snakes, the rats, the butterflies, and even some odd turtles. We learned a lot. Something that really amazed me was... More

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Austin, TX
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A very pleasant spot for the Wichita Falls area. Especially good for kids, but a nature lover of any age could thing things of interest,

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Ocala, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Barbara was our guide and she made the whole trip so interesting. Telling us about the animals and butterflies. Our daughter was beyond excited. The exhibits were interactive and engaging. This place is a complete gem. Very beautiful and tranquil grounds. We saw various animal tracks and even found a real fossil. We got to release butterflies and hold and... More

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

My family and me had unforgettable experience in this place. So much fun and joy to see passion for work, kindness and friendliness of staff. We had Kevin (very nice, polite and knowledgeable guy) as a guide and he opened for us amazing world of wild nature. He gave us colorful descriptions of every stone,animal and plant. Everybody has a... More

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Cushing, Oklahoma
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I take my grandkids, ages 6 & 8, here often. They love seeing the insects and animals. There are knowledgeable people to explain all about them. They get a lot of enjoyment out of the activities also.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Growing center especially neat @ the Holiday season ! Staff extremely helpful and kind to visitors of all ages! Family friendly and they treasure the community

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Every trip I've made to Riverbend is better than the last one! The docents and employees are knowledgeable and friendly. Very eager to share their excitement of such a neat place. If you are lucky a butterfly will land on your shoulder! My grandkids are still talking about it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I took my 3 boys' ages 5, 7, and 9 in August about 2 hours before closing time for the nature center. At first glance the center seems bland. We were the only visitors. Not many exhibits Not a very large space. As we tried to navigate on our own, the few cased animals were in hiding so we did... More

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