Special Events

Want to make your event unforgettable without burning a hole in your pocket? River Bend Nature Center is the ideal place to have your event! RBNC has several indoor and outdoor venues for rent, including the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, the Elizabeth Prothro Pavilion, the J.S. Bridwell Terrace, and the Rotary North Library. All of these facilities provide unique accommodations for weddings, receptions, dinners, family picnics, corporate meetings, and numerous other occasions.
For more information, call us at 940-767-0843 or email us info@riverbendnaturecenter.org


Elizabeth Prothro Pavilion

The Elizabeth Prothro Pavilion is a 7,000 sq. ft. outdoor covered area overlooking 15 acres of bottomland forest. With cathedral-like ceilings and a breathtaking view, there are many reasons why this is our most popular venue. Amenities include restrooms, electricity, Wi-Fi, and wind guards.
  • Seats 300+
  • Weekend Pricing (Fri.-Sat.)- $1,500 for 12 hours (minimum), $125 per add. hour
  • Weekday Pricing (Sun.-Thurs.)- $450 for 6 hours (minimum), $75 per add. hour

J. S. Bridwell Terrace

The J.S. Bridwell Terrace is a spacious uncovered area that’s planted with native vegetation. Amenities include electricity and Wi-Fi.

Included with rental of the Bryant Edwards Learning Center or Elizabeth Prothro Pavilion.

Forest Event Site

The Forest Ceremony Site is a brand new event site in the heart of our Bottom Land Forest Trail.

Included with rental of the Bryant Edwards Learning Center or Elizabeth Prothro Pavilion.

Rotary North Library

This functional space can be converted into a bridal or groom prep room. Amenities include pull down blinds, tables, Wi-Fi, and chairs.


  • Included with rental of pavilion or exhibit hall.
  • May only be rented outside of regular business hours

Additional Information

For additional information download our Wedding Brochure ?and Price List.

Printable Pavilion and Terrace Dimensions—->Pavilion Dimensions and Terrace Dimensions

A $300 deposit is required to book a date on the calendar. For availability or to book a tour please call 940-767-0843 and ask for Samantha or Jennica.



Can you rent the Forest Ceremony Site or the Terrace by itself?

Unfortunately no. These facilities do not have restrooms, so we rent them in conjunction with facilities that do. Rental of the learning center or pavilion includes use of the terrace, forest ceremony site, and bridal prep room.

Is alcohol allowed?

Definitely! You are also allowed to have any type. However, we hire a security guard at $25 an hour beginning 30 minutes after the start of the ceremony until the very end of your rental. Only rentals with alcohol are required to pay this fee.

When are the venues available?

7 days a week. The pavilion can be rented anytime.

River Bend will not be rented for weddings during the months of November and December. River Bend will be decorated for its annual fundraiser, ElectriCritters, and the decorations may not be changed, altered, or removed for any reason.

River Bend will not be rented on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

How far in advance can you book?

We book a year in advance. For example, if you wanted May 11th, 2018, you couldn’t book that date until May 1st, 2017.

Does the rental time include set up and take down?

Yes, it does. Each rental has a minimum rental time.  You won’t have access to the facility until your rental time begins, and it has to be cleaned and vacated by the end of the scheduled rental. I would give yourself as much time as you can so you’re not rushed.

Does RBNC have a catering policy?

RBNC does not have a catering policy. You’re allowed to bring in whatever you would like. However, there is no on-site kitchen.

Does the facility include tables and chairs?

RBNC rents out 6 ft, 8 ft, and round tables. We also have 150 white chairs.  However, rental of the pavilion includes the use of 16 picnic tables and 100 aluminum folding chairs. Rental of learning center includes the current setup of chairs and tables at the time of your rental. You can bring in whatever you would like. If you rent tables and chairs from an outside source they can only be dropped off or delivered during your rental time and have to be removed at the end of your rental time.

When would be a good time for us to come by and take a tour?

We’re open 7 days a week, M-F 9-5 p.m., Sat. 10-4 p.m., and Sun 12-4 p.m. If you would like a guided tour please give us a call at 940-767-0843 and we can schedule an appointment during the week M-F 9-5 pm. There is no admission when you come to look at the facility for a rental, just tell the employee in the gift shop why you are here.

Do we have to make an appointment to book?

Yes, and a completed contract with a deposit is required to set your date on our calendar. Call Jennica or Samantha at 940-767-0843 and we’ll set something up with you.

How much is the deposit?

$300. There is a $10 non-refundable convenience fee if you pay with a credit card. The deposit does not go towards the cost of your rental. If you meet the terms of your contract it will be sent back to you after your event.


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