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RBNC Summer Camps 2024

Mon, June 3 @ 8:30 am Fri, July 26 @ 12:00 pm

Join in on all the bold 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, $100 RBNC Members and $110 for Non-Members per child per camp.

Please note this camp is located in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Nature Rangers: June 3rd-7th

Gear up and join the ranks for a wild adventure with us at RBNC! Campers will participate in a diverse range of projects and activities, such as examining animal tracks, exploring our nature trail, and learning about different Texas native species. Nature Rangers will have the opportunity to meet some of River Bend’s residents and critters, along with learning about life in the great outdoors!

Roar and Explore: June 17th-21st – Preschool (ages4-5) Full – Call to be added to the Waitlist

Calling all junior paleontologists! Stomp and roar like a dinosaur with us by enjoying a variety of activities, from unearthing dinosaur bones to learning about the behaviors and habits of these prehistoric creatures. Campers will explore different kinds of scaly friends that lived in Texas millions years ago, along with creating their own fossil prints and tracks!

Wild About Wildlife: July 8th-12th

Crawl, slither, and leap with the critters and wildlife at RBNC! Campers will engage with all different kinds of animals and environments at River Bend during this exciting journey. Get wild with us by dissecting owl pellets and learning about animal anatomy and behavior. Don’t miss out on howling with your fellow animal enthusiasts!

Science Adventures: July 22nd-26th

Step into our electrifying and mind-blowing lab of science exploration! Investigate the wonders of the natural world with fun experiments, innovation, and learning about the physical sciences. Campers will get to research a mixture of topics, from biology to chemistry to geology. Get ready for hands-on experimentation, and a splash of creativity!

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 5 pm the Wednesday before each camp. Call us at 940-767-0843 for more information.

Summer Camp FAQ

I don’t have a PayPal account, how can I pay?

We have several ways of accepting payments! You can come to the Nature Gift Shop at RBNC any time during business hours, we can take your payment over the phone, you can send in a check, or you can check out using PayPal as a guest. Registration will not be complete until RBNC has your form and payment. Give us a call at 940-767-0843 if you have any questions!

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. 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.

Become a Junior Camp Counselor!


  • Become a Junior Camp Counselor this year! Assist our camp directors with cool activities and make new friends as you explore nature and science with our camp attendees! Camps are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12 pm. Please keep in mind that this is an outdoor event. You also must be at least 12 years of age or older to become a Junior Camp Counselor. After signing up for one (or as many as you would like) camps, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about the event! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Education Coordinator at erika@riverbendnaturecenter.org or call our office at 940-767-0843. Fill out the form below, and thank you for your help!
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    Volunteer Registration and Release Form

    I understand that I am offering my services on a voluntary basis without anticipation of financial compensation. I am volunteering solely for the purpose of helping RBNC achieve its mission and goals of educating the public about the natural environment of Texas. I agree to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by RBNC as they relate to the position I am volunteering for. I herewith release and hold harmless River Bend Nature Center and its Board, and their officers, agents, and employees from any and all claims by myself or my family or assignees, which may arise from the performance of the duties, for which I am volunteering and while traveling from said duties. I understand that it will be necessary for RBNC to check my background and my references, as is determined by the particular activity for which I am volunteering. I hereby give consent for the information exchange and authorize any agency or person having such information pertaining to me or my background to release any and all information to RBNC.
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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. 6–11-year-old session camp has a maximum of 40 campers and a minimum of 10. 4–5-year-old session of camp has a maximum of 12 campers and a minimum of 10 campers. 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 Gift Shop. Our hours are Mon.-Fri. 9 am – 5 pm, Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, and Sun. 12 – 4 pm. Registration forms along with payment are required for registration, and they are due on or before 5:00 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, We will spend most of the time outside, so 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 using the entrance by the gift shop, 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. Enter the parking lot using the entrance by the gift shop, pull up to 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.