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RIVER BEND NATURE WORKS

Connecting people to nature.

aka River Bend Nature Center   |   Wichita Falls, TX   |  www.riverbendnaturecenter.org

Mission

Connecting people to the natural environment of Texas.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Jennica Lambert

Main address

P.O. Box 3674

Wichita Falls, TX 76301 USA

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EIN

75-2596907

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

STEM & STEAM Ecology

- Aligned with TEKS, state science standards
- Students cycle through various stations that vary with grade level
- Stations include hands-on investigations
- Topics covered vary with age group. Examples include art, soil classification, water percolation, eco-regions, photosynthesis, water monitoring, periodic table of elements, plant and animal life cycles, weather and climate, food webs, ecosystems, Texas animals, Texas trees and plants, gardening, renewable energy, cycles in nature, earth/moon/sun relationship, engineering, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children

RBNC offers a wide range of hands-on educational science and nature programs. Students have lots of fun, all while learning! RBNC has a variety of field trip themes to choose from including: Down by the River, Dinosaur and Fossil Fun, Critter Connection, Nature Detective, Renewable Energy, Inspecta Insecta, STEM/STEAM Ecology, All About Butterflies, and Custom Field Trips!

-Includes hands-on activities, a trail tour, and a live animal presentation
-2 hour duration
-Can be modified for any age group
-TEKS-aligned activities

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children

Students rotate through four stations including the history of the Wichita River, watersheds, water chemistry, and native Texas fish. This program also includes trail activities at the Wichita River. Students will collect data such as temperature, pH, DO, and transparency. Students also learn how to identify plants and animals in a riparian ecosystem.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children

Eco-Kit Adventures
An Eco-Kit Adventure is a traveling environmental education program that RBNC brings directly to the classroom. It includes hands-on TEKS-related crafts and activities related to the theme that is chosen. Themes include Native Birds, Earth Rocks, Plants Everywhere, Renewable Energy, Weather Watcher, Nocturnal Animals, Inspecta Insecta, and Dig Into the Past.

Creature Feature
River Bend brings 5-7 live animals and tells the audience all about them! From reptiles to arachnids, we will discuss the animals behavior, habitat, anatomy, and importance in the world around us.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We customize programs to help Scout groups earn badges or patches.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children

Thursday Nature Programs provide a welcoming inclusive environment for children and their families to come and engage with nature through hands-on creative learning activities. These programs are designed for children ages 2-12 and their families. Each program is constructed around a unique theme that encompasses all scientific disciplines, from biology to astronomy. Art, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, and building is incorporated into every program. Art and science activities that relate to the theme are set up at education stations in our learning center and are presented by one of our knowledgeable field guides in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner. This come-and-go program is held bi-monthly. After guests have engaged with these education stations, they have access to the rest of our 20-acre facility which includes living exhibits, the nature conservatory, gardens, and trails with interpretive signage.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Science Saturday Programs provide a welcoming inclusive environment for children and their families to come and engage with nature through hands-on creative learning activities. These programs are designed for children ages 6-12 and their families. Each program is constructed around a unique theme that encompasses all scientific disciplines, from biology to astronomy. Art, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, building is incorporated into every program. Art and science activities that relate to the theme are presented by one of our knowledgeable field guides in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner. This come-and-go program is held bi-monthly. Guided trail hikes are normally incorporated into every program. After guests have engaged with these education stations, they have access to the rest of our 20-acre facility which includes living exhibits, the nature conservatory, gardens, and trails with interpretive signage.

Population(s) Served
Children
Adolescents
Preteens

Nature Tots Programs provide a welcoming inclusive environment for children and their families to come and engage with nature through reading nature stories and hands-on creative learning activities. These programs are designed for children ages 2-6 and their families. Each program is constructed around a unique theme that encompasses all scientific disciplines, from biology to astronomy. Art, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, building is incorporated into every program. The program begins with an interactive reading session followed by art and science activities that relate to the theme. A knowledgeable field guide will then take the participants on a guided nature walk. After the program ends guests have access to the rest of our 20-acre facility which includes living exhibits, the nature conservatory, gardens, and trails with interpretive signage.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations

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Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RIVER BEND NATURE WORKS

Board of directors
as of 01/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Blacklock

Midwestern State University - Emeritus Associate Professor

Jeremy Dorzab

First Bank

Allyson Flack

Paul Menzies

City of Wichita Falls

Tyler Sales

Attorney

Ray Taylor

PC Net

Clint Wood

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/8/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability