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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

2901 Candelaria NW


The Nature Center's mission to preserve and protect the Rio Grande bosque, to educate the public about Rio Grande ecosystems and to foster positive human interactions with those systems. The Friends fund classes for over 12,000 schoolchildren each year, manage the Nature Shop, and support a number of ecological research projects. Led by a force of 170 trained naturalists, the Friends serve some 40,000 Nature Center visitors with classes, guided walks, and other educational activities



Sunday, June 17, 2018
Beautiful walk through the bosque. Trails are well- maintained or there is the large paved path which runs through the city. The pond by the main building had turtles and ducks, which we viewed from the indoor observation area. Wonderful, helpful staff too.


Monday, June 25, 2018
I had a good time here. Nice observation area inside the visitor center where you can see hummingbirds, turtles, dragonflies, and other kinds of birds. There is also a native plant garden near the visitor center.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018
We had a wonderful walk down from Montano to the Nature Center. All the exhibits and information from the Nature learning area was very helpful. Great place to visit and learn about nature's habitat and the ecosystem.

Richard Warnke

Sunday, April 22, 2018
The best news about the place is that the price is right: just $3 for parking. Also, there are many pleasant trails for hiking or biking. On the negative side, the gravel drive has three ridiculously abrupt speed bumps, so severe they could damage a small car like we drive at any speed over a mile and a half mph. The self pay slot for parking was jammed full, but the rangers we're relaxing in the back office instead of emptying it. But the biggest disappointment was the almost complete lack of birds. In a couple of hours there, saw maybe a dozen. A pair of wood ducks was a treat. But beyond that, we only saw a few mallards, a couple of Canada geese, some kind of sparrow and a very few LBJs. All in all, there wasn't much there for viewing.

Craig Gaddis

Monday, July 2, 2018
The park was very nice lots of trails man. Saw quite a bit of wildlife when I was out there. Take some water

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