River Bend Nature Center
River Bend Nature Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX1,205 contributions
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 June 18, 2021
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RetiredAFColonel
Texas58 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
OK for kids, but, not much for adults.
Attentive staff, however. Pretty small scale overall. Looks like they are trying to recover from the impacts of Covid and Wintertime losses. So, might be better stocked in a few months.
Written April 12, 2021
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sagreatdan
Canberra, Australia226 contributions
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 October 22, 2022
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SandS1984
Wichita Falls, TX121 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We took our grandkids for their Christmas lights. The kids loved and 8t is definitely more suited for the younger kids. The lights were very nice and the displays were too. The Butterfly Queen, not so much. We were expecting someone in some type of butterfly outfit/costume. That wasn't the case. 🤔 She was very friendly to the kids and showed them some butterflies coming out of their cocoons. I give it a 7 but the kids said 10.
Written March 5, 2020
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BigHilda
Kilgore, TX200 contributions
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 1. It is perfect for my very inquisitive and science minded 5 year old. A very kind and knowledgable man was our docent, and he did a fantastic job. He had lots of patience with my son but also kept the grow ups interested. He allowed my son and daughter to look closely at several insects and animals in the first room, and he really cared about the animals they have in the center. He also showed us different plants in the large indoor exhibit and let us smell the leaves. My son and I were able to spend an extended time in the butterfly garden, which is very peaceful and interesting. Also great is the scavenger hunt for kids and the discovery backpacks they check out to kids for free. Inside are things like a magnifying glass, measuring tape, things to do bark rubbings, and more. The outdoor part was really nice too, with the digging box perfect for my kids to dig up fossilized cow bones. The paved trail is pleasant as well. This is a real hidden gem and well worth the stop on your trip. The facility is also top notch. The only thing that could improve would be better signs showing you where it is located. We almost didn't see the sign, and there aren't any real info signs showing you how to get here from the major highways, at least that we saw. Thanks for a great experience!
Written July 29, 2014
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Elizabeth C
3 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
It looked messy, and no information was given in the entrance. The place is small in size, not many live plants, a lot of grass, and just saw butterflies, a cute roadrunner, and turtles on February. I have seen smaller places do better all year long. Even the entrance of the street had more bloming flowers than them.
Written February 21, 2016
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Jean P
Oklahoma City, OK79 contributions
Apr 2015 • Business
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 items for purchase. My only suggestion for improvement would be more labels for the native plants, many of which were unfamiliar to me.
Written April 15, 2015
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Martin L
84 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
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.
Written March 9, 2015
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lahope
Henrietta, TX76 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
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 board and hear a story. For a small city and a nonprofit, I was pleasantly surprised by this charming spectacle. My son had tons of fun. When the event is over you can go inside and enjoy popcorn and cider. A nice way to spend time with your kids and enjoy the season while supporting a worthwhile cause.
Written November 28, 2014
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Cesar B
2 contributions
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 the energy and love with which every member referred to the animals there. I can tell they love what they do. Keep it up guys!
Written June 10, 2014
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