RBNC Summer Camps!
Mon, June 5 @ 8:30 am – Fri, July 28 @ 12:00 pm
Join in on all the cool activities and make new friends as you explore nature and science at Camp River Bend! Camps are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12 pm. Camp is for ages 4-11, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, $100 RBNC Members and $110 for Non-Members.
Please note this camp is located in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Nature Rangers! June 5th – June 9th
Put on your hiking shoes, grab your walking stick, and your adventuring hat to become a part of the River Bend Nature Rangers! Campers will enjoy a variety of exciting activities, including making animal tracks, examining animal pelts and skulls, getting up close and personal with rescued critters during an RBNC Animal Show, exploring the pond, searching for evidence of creatures on the trail, and much more!
Mad Science Lab! June 19th-June 23rd
Are you ready to enter the mad science lab! Campers will immerse themselves in the exciting world of science, covering topics ranging from biology to geology. They will construct their own science tool kit, extract DNA from strawberries, create various slime concoctions, build a battery, and even make their very own rock collections!
Roar for Dinosaurs! July 10th – July 14th
Get ready to roar with the dinosaurs! Campers will have the opportunity to dig for dinosaur bones and fossils, build their very own dinosaur, explore the different types of dinosaurs that once roamed the state of Texas, and even create their own fossils and dinosaur footprints. Join in the fun and discover the wonders of the prehistoric world!
Crazy ‘Bout Critters! July 24th – July 28th
Get ready to embark on an exciting journey through the animal kingdom! Campers will go on a track hunt, explore the critters in our pond, meet local animals, dissect an owl pellet, and even create their very own animal tracks. Join us for an adventure that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the animal world!
All of our camps involve exploration of the trail and exhibits. Registration fills up fast, so hurry and sign up using the form below today! If the camp you would like is full, give us a call at 940-767-0843 to be added to our waitlist. All forms must be received by 6 pm the Wednesday before each camp. Call us at 940-767-0843 for more information.
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How do I register a camper and what is the deadline?
Space is limited. All camps are filled on a first-enrolled basis and may fill up prior to the registration deadline. Each camp has a maximum of 40 campers and a minimum of 10. If this minimum requirement is not met, the camp will be canceled.
You can complete registration and payment online at RiverBendNatureCenter.org. If you wish to fill out a paper copy of the registration form and make your payment in person, forms are available in the River Bend Nature Gift Shop. Our hours are Mon.-Fri. 10 am – 6 pm, Sat. 10 am-4 pm and Sun. 12-4 pm. Registration forms along with payment are required for registration, and they are due on or before 6:00 pm the Wednesday before the session you wish to attend. No registrations will be taken after this deadline.
What’s RBNC refund policy?
Due to limited space, refunds will not be issued.
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 should the camper bring with them?
Water bottle- Write your child’s name on it.
Snack- Write your child’s name on it. Snacks will not be provided by RBNC.
Backpack- Will be used to carry water and snacks and to help carry activities home each day.
Comfortable clothes, jacket, and close-toed shoes- They will get dirty during outdoor adventures. Also, due to most of the time will be outside proper clothing for weather conditions will be required.
Insect repellent/sunscreen- We will not be providing insect repellent or sunscreen, please apply before the camper arrives.
What are the requirements for campers to attend?
Camp is for ages 4-11.
Campers must be capable of following instructions to keep themselves and other children safe.
Campers must be able to use the bathroom independently.
Campers will be placed in groups according to age.
Where do we drop off and pick up campers?
Camp 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.
Parents will not exit their vehicles. The camper will be taken by camp personnel upon arrival and taken back to their vehicle at the end of the day. Enter the parking using the entrance by the gift shop, pull up to the iron gates in front of the pavilion. Do not park, and do not unload your child until our camp attendant instructs you to. Sign in and sign out will occur in your vehicle. Exit immediately using the other entrance to the parking lot.
Drop Off: Drop off will occur at the Pavilion gates. Enter the parking lot entrance closest to 3rd St., pull up to the Pavilion gates. Do not park, and do not unload your child until our camp attendant instructs you to. Exit the parking lot immediately after drop off.
Pick Up: Pick up from camp will occur at the Pavilion gates. A camp attendant will bring you your child. Exit the parking lot immediately after pick up.
Only parents/guardians/designated adults listed on the camper’s form will be allowed to pick up campers. Please bring a photo ID.
No parents or guardians can visit the camp during or between camp sessions, except to drop-off and pick-up campers.
If an early release of the camper is needed, parents or guardians must call ahead.
If you arrive later than 9 am, please check-in in at the Gift Shop.
Where is Camp River Bend held?
Camp is held at River Bend Nature Center located at 2200 3rd Street, at the corner of Sunset Drive and 3rd Street in Wichita Falls, TX. 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.