River Bend Nature Center (RBNC) in Wichita Falls, Texas is a twenty-acre non-profit environmental education facility that serves the communities of north Texas and southeastern Oklahoma. Uniquely placed in a conflux of geographical regions, River Bend connects people to their natural environment through educational activities, environmental awareness, and conservation examples. RBNC recognizes that education is a fundamental tool for preserving the environmental and the personal health of a community.
In 1991 members of the Junior League of Wichita Falls worked with the city to develop plans for the first environmental education and recreation center in the region. In 1995 RBNC was incorporated and welcomed the community to enjoy and explore nature with a forest and wetland trail and a 7,000 square foot meeting pavilion. From 2003-2008 RBNC expanded its programs and facilities to help more and more people of all ages discover the natural history and ecology of the Rolling Plains.
Our most popular attractions are the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, the River Bottom Forest Trail, and the United Children’s Garden. We welcome you every day of the week to enjoy the sun, the clouds, the air, the plants, the birds, and the butterflies by touring the conservatory, walking the trails and gardens, or picnicking under the open air pavilion. There are many ways to explore the Rolling Plains at River Bend Nature Center.