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River Bend Nature Center, Wichita Falls

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Wildlife Area Nature / Park
River Bend’s mission is to connect people to the natural environment of Texas.

Through educational activities and events, River Bend Nature Center promotes the value of environmental awareness and conservation to students, families, and their communities.
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  • A small place, but full of knowledgeable staff ever willing to entertain us. What exhibits they had they were well presented. There is an outside short trek, but it was getting quite hot and lack of s...  more »
  • They were the most hospitable folks. Very reasonably priced and a great venue for daughters wedding. Two thumbs up  more »
  • Visiting this nature center allows you to actually touch and view the many varying vegetation native to Texas. The presence of small native animals in different ecosystems is not only entertaining, bu...  more »
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  • Our family really enjoyed coming here. The staff is so helpful and knowledgeable. We loved the butterfly exhibit and the pond they were just beautiful and so much fun. We will visit again soon.
  • Came here for a wedding. If you're in Wichita Falls Then you should definitely visit here. It's a lovely venue and has a beautiful nature trail
  • My kids love coming to this place, learning about nature, plants and animals. Usually always an event going on. Definitely a good place to check out. They also have nature trails out back that you can take hikes through.
  • So many family friendly activities! The staff is great! Loads of knowledge on the local wildlife and very friendly.
  • Dead in the winter, literally. We went in January and were surprised that even everything in the greenhouse was dormant; the trees had all lost their leaves with piles of dead leaves everywhere, the grasses and plants were all dead (and not cleaned up), etc. The only living thing was a holly-type of plant. We did get to see some very friendly prairie dogs with our guide Kevin (very informative) pick one up who loved to be scratched on her belly (see photo). We also got very close to a roadrunner. Other than the very small butterfly house with about 6 types of slow-flying butterflies (because of the cooler weather), not much to see. The inside insects, bones, fossils, turtles and snakes with guides were quite informative, and they had tables set up for kids to learn and make crafts. Very cool for rainy days, but I wouldn't want to pay full-price admission for that. They should consider charging half price in the winter months. We also walked the paved path which dead-ended at a stagnant "pond". Again, nothing to see but brown winter trees. Very small nature center but for only $5.00, what can you expect?