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Riverside Nature Center
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.

Special Display! 

Local plants were, and are, used in many ways for food, household items, and art.  Visit this exhibit at the Riverside Nature Center, on display through October, in Animas Park off Browning Parkway, which will change throughout the summer to learn about the many uses of our local plants.   Some of these uses will be featured in Saturday activity programs and walks.   This exhibit is free.  Info:  (505) 599-1422

Dragonfly Walks:  August 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. for Adults, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for Families with Children.  Join visiting expert April Baisan and Nature Center staff on a walk to observe and learn about dragonflies.  We will catch a few for up-close study, as well as watch them in their river and wetlands habitat.  Binoculars are helpful, so bring them if possible.  The early walk may be a little more technical, for adults, and the later walk will be especially designed for children and their families.

Traditional Knowledge of Plants:  September 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Find out how traditional peoples used plants for dyes, foods, household items, and many other things.  This workshop includes a walk of about a mile to see plants in the park, and some hands-on activities to try some samples.   Please call in advance to sign up, as space is limited.

Beneficial Bugs: September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Learn about New Mexico’s pollinators and beneficial insects through art with NMSU Master Gardeners Sarah Teofanov and Kandy Lemoine.  Concepts, activities, and handouts are for all ages.

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 us every Tuesday for bird watching at the Riverside Nature Center at 8 a.m., April to September and at 9 a.m., October to March.

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.  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

On Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., preschool children and their families bring lunch and meet at the Riverside Nature Center in Animas Park off Browning Parkway for a picnic followed by a story or activity and a stroller-friendly walk in the park.  Learn about plants, insects, birds, and all the interesting wildlife.  Feed the friendly ducks, and go home in time for naps.  This program continues throughout the spring and summer.  Info:  (505) 599-1422

Thursdays 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

2nd and 4th Fridays through August, 6:30 p.m., meet at the Riverside Nature Center, and bring your picnic dinner. We'll stroll out to the Herb and Xeriscape Garden and eat in the sheltered picnic area for a short program of poetry readings by more than one reader. Bring a poem to read aloud with the featured theme. Afterwards, you may enjoy strolling in the park until sunset. Programs are free.   Info: (505) 599-1422.

Contact Us
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Donna Thatcher

Museum Specialist
Ph: 505-599-1422

Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
April - September

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October - March

1 to 5 p.m.
April - September

1 to 4 p.m.
October - March
City of Farmington
800 Municipal Drive
Farmington, NM 87401
Ph: 505-327-7701