Grant Funded Programming

Creature Features for Retirement Residential Facilities

River Bend will bring 5-7 live animals to your location and tell you all about them! From reptiles to arachnids, we will discuss the animal’s behavior, habitat, anatomy, and importance in the world around us.
Submit your Creature Feature Reservation Request by filling out the form below.

Let it Grow!

Learn about our environment in a fun, engaging way through hands-on gardening! Discover the subterranean biotic community by exploring the underground world of soil and organisms. Learn about the properties of soil and how it is formed.  Explore the process of germination by dissecting a bean seed. Explore the ways plants can be propagated. Use models to observe the way water travels through the soil. Observe the interdependence among organisms. Identify examples of symbiosis in the garden. Use the stream tables to explore the way that water shapes our landscape. Observe food webs in action. Activities include making a plant press, terrarium, paper, compost bin, and planting a take home three sisters’ garden.

Thank you George and Fay Young Foundation helping us provide science and nature programs!

STEM Ecology (Currently Unavailable)

STEM Ecology includes all components of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Includes both station and trail activities, and a live animal presentation. There is a different STEM Ecology Program for each grade level and it correlates with specific TEKS for each grade level.

Thank you Howmet Aerospace helping us provide STEM education at River Bend Nature Center to students throughout our region.

Please arrive on time, and depart on time. Confirmations of the date and time are sent prior to the field trip date. Please call the office, 767-0843, to let us know if buses are running late. Our field guide staff members report to duty based on the field trip schedule each day. We cannot lengthen the field trip if a group is late, our guides schedule may not allow them to stay any longer than the schedule indicated.

Want to know about other programs we offer click here to download our education brochure or give us a call 940-767-0843.


What else should we know?

Picnic tables, water fountains, and restroom facilities are available. You are welcome to stay after the program and eat lunch or snacks. Please do not leave children unattended.

What is the field guide to student ratio?

Guides will be secured based on the number of students quoted. We provide one field guide per 8-12 students.

How many of us can visit?

Field Trips can be tailored to up to 80 students. STEAM and STEM programs can be tailored to up to 40 students. Each program has a minimum price, see fee’s below for details. If you have a larger group, please call 940-767-0843 early to make special arrangements.

What is the fee?

  • 2-hour field trips have a minimum price of $70 which covers 10 students*, additional students are $7 per student.
  • 3- hour programs have a minimum price of $80 which covers 10 students*, additional students are $8 per student.
  • 4- hour programs have a minimum price of $100 which covers 10 students*, additional students are $10 per student.
  • There is no fee for grant funded programs.
*Groups with less than 10 kids are still required to pay the minimum price for the program.

How do we schedule?

Continue scrolling for this program’s reservation form request. If you would like a different program, visit our program page, click on the program you want to reserve, and fill out the form on that page.

To ensure a favorable time, it is better to schedule as early in advance as possible, 4-6 weeks if possible. Field trips are available throughout the year. Your program date will be confirmed by e-mail after you submit a reservation request.

Reservation Request


  • Please fill out the form below. A confirmation email will be sent to you noting the time and date of your reservation based on your choices below and current availability. Keep in mind your reservation will not be confirmed until you get a confirmation email. For more information contact us at 940-767-0843 or email
  • Please select your first, second, and third choice for your field trip. Dates and times will be filled on a first come first served basis.
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  • Total number of chaperones required (N/A for adult groups): 1 Adult per 10 Children (One chaperone is required to accompany each field guide. Please bring one chaperone/10 students)
  • A few reminders to make your visit the best!
  • 1. Please wear comfortable, close-toed, sturdy shoes.
  • 2. Be observant of the weather conditions and dress appropriately.
  • 3. Place a name tag on each child.
  • 4. Divide your class/group into groups of 10.
  • Please communicate the above information to any other teachers or chaperones that will be accompanying your group.
  • In the event of inclement weather, the decision to cancel will be yours. Please call on or before 7:00 a.m. the morning of your tour if you are canceling and leave a message.
  • If you have any questions, please call Leslie Fernandes 767-0843. By signing below you agree to follow the above procedures.
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