Camp is held at River Bend Nature Center located at 2200 3rdStreet, at the corner of Sunset Drive and Third Street. Camp River Bend is an outdoor camp. Camp sessions will be held inside during inclement weather. In the event of severe weather, please contact the River Bend Nature Center office at 940-767-0843.
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Camp River Bend: Animal Adventures
Mon, June 24 @ 8:30 am - Fri, June 28 @ 12:00 pm
It’s time to register for Summer Camps at River Bend Nature Center. Join in on all the cool activities and make new friends as you explore nature and science! Camps are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12 pm.
Animal Adventures: June 24th-June 28th
Prepare to explore the world of animals! Campers will go on a track hunt, explore the critters in our pond, meet local animals, dissect an owl pellet, and make animal tracks!
Mad Science Lab: July 8th-12th
Ready to step inside the mad science lab? Campers will explore the world of science from biology to geology, construct a science tool kit, extract DNA from strawberries, make a multitude of slime concoctions, build a battery, and make their own rock collections!
Junior Engineer: July 22nd-26th
Like to design, create, and build? Build a renewable energy gizmo, construct a bridge, build and launch a paper rocket, construct an earth shelter, and create a bristle bot!
Pre-K Section Full, K-Grad and Up Section Open
All of our summer camps involve exploration of the Nature Trail, Nature and Butterfly Conservatory, Children’s Garden, and Learning Center. Registration fills up fast, so hurry and sign up today! All forms must be received by 5 pm the Wednesday before each camp. Camp is for ages 4-12. The cost is $90 for RBNC members, $100 for non-members. Registration forms are also available in our Nature Gift Shop. See you at Camp River Bend!
See you at Camp River Bend!
Summer Camp FAQ
Where is Camp River Bend held?
Where do we drop off and pick up campers?
Camp River Bend is from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, campers may be dropped off no earlier than 8:15 am and must be picked up no later than 12:15 pm.
4-5-year-old session– Parents or guardians will need to sign their children in and out each day in the Library, located inside the Learning Center. Only parents/guardians/designated adults listed on the camper’s form will be allowed to pick up campers. Please bring a photo ID.
6-12-year-old session– Parents or guardians will need to sign their children in and out each day in the Pavilion, located outside. Only parents/guardians/designated adults listed on the camper’s form will be allowed to pick up campers. Please bring a photo ID.
How do I register a camper and what is the deadline?
Space is limited. Camp River Bend is filled on a first-enrolled basis and may fill up prior to the registration deadline.
Please complete the Camp River Bend Registration form found below. This form along with payment is required for registration, and they are due on or before 5:00 pm on Wednesday before the session you wish to attend. No registrations will be taken after this deadline. The 6-12-year-old group has a maximum of 40 campers, and the 4-5-year-old group has a maximum of 12 campers.
If you wish to fill out a paper copy of the registration form and make your payment in person, hard copy forms are available in the gift shop.
What are the requirements for campers to attend?
Camp River Bend is for ages 4-12.
Campers must be potty trained and will be placed in groups according to ages.
What should the camper bring with them?
During camp, many “make and take” crafts and activities will be made by your child. Please send a backpack with your child to help carry the crafts home each day.
Campers should wear comfortable clothes that could get dirty during creativity and closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are good ideas. We will not be providing insect repellent or sunscreen. Please apply any sunscreen or insect repellent before camper arrives.
Please send a water bottle and snack marked with your child’s name on it.
Anything else I should know?
An adult staff member will supervise camp activities. We have a staff to camper ratio of approximately 1:10.
The gift shop will be available at the end of each day’s camp for purchases.
Any questions? Call River Bend at 767-0843.
What’s RBNC refund policy?
Due to limited space, refunds will not be issued.
Is your child to old to attend camp, but still wants to participate?
Is the online form not letting you submit your information?
The Online Camp Registration Form will not let you submit your form if you are missing a required field. After you try to submit, these fields will be highlighted in red. See below. You must reenter the missing information and reenter the captcha at the bottom of the form and resubmit. Keep in mind the captcha is case sensitive. Successful submission will take you to a PayPal page if you do not have a PayPal account you can check out as a guest using a credit card by clicking that link at the bottom of the PayPal screen. Please give us a call at 940-767-0843 is you have further questions.
All Pre-K sections of camp are full, K-Grad and Up sections are still open- To be added to our waitlist please call 940-767-0843.