Riverside Nature Center

We are CLOSED until further notice.

This closure is for the safety of our patrons in accordance with the governor’s Public Health Order. For more information on facility closures Click Here.

We are sad to announce that the following programs will be canceled at least through April 9, 2020:

  • Family Trail Lunches 
  • Xeriscape Garden Volunteer Day
  • Geocaching Workshop
  • Brown Bag Birding
  • Tuesday Birders
  • Picnic in the Park with Preschoolers

Observe birds and animals from large windows overlooking a wetland where food and water attract wildlife. Exhibits feature the plants and animals of the riverside with emphasis on historic uses and ecosystems. Outside herb and xeriscape demonstration gardens are located adjacent to the facility. The Center’s hours vary by season and event.rnc trail guide pic


Riverside Nature Center Wetlands

The Nature Center was originally designed to overlook a wetlands of one of the oxbows which once existed along the Animas River. The wetlands were constructed and the wildlife have inhabited it. The wetlands serve as a refuge for wildlife and provides people an unique viewing opportunity from the Nature Center and specific points on the trail. Come and enjoy this wonderful hideaway in Animas Park

While visiting the Nature Center, don't forget to visit the Herb and Xeriscape Gardens.

Join Education Specialist Donna Thatcher and the Tuesday Birders for a guided bird walk through Animas and Berg parks. Plan for a leisurely stroll of one to two miles and don’t forget your binoculars. Come early for coffee or stay late and bring food for lunch in the observation room.

Weekly Programming


Tuesdays from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. October through March and 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. April through September. Join Donna Thatcher, Education Specialist, and other birders for bird watching from the Riverside Nature Center and a leisurely walk of 1 to 2 miles in Animas and Berg Parks. Info: (505) 599-1422

Wednesdays at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., bring your lunch and join Riverside Nature Center staff and volunteers in the observation room to watch wildlife as we eat. Info: (505) 599-1422