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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: Our mission is to share the message of habitat preservation and environmental stewardship through environmental education. Impacting children from Pre-K to 8th grade, first-hand experiences in nature teach students about protecting our habitats, watersheds and natural resources.

Results: Since it was built in 1996 in collaboration with the Arlington Parks Department, River Legacy Foundation’s Living Science Center has educated over 500,000 North Texas students through its environmental education programs.

Target demographics: inspire the next generation of environmental stewards

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 14,000 children attended our programs, 40,000 visitors to the Living Science Center total

Geographic areas served: Tarrant County

Programs: Field Investigations and other programs that teach environmental science to more than 14,000 urban K – 8th grade students annually. During their exploration of this gem of wilderness in the city, they’ll learn a bit about what the woods have to teach. They might see a bobcat family dash out of sight into the shadows of the cypress trees. They’ll watch great blue herons glide by in prehistoric splendor over the pond. They’ll sit in the shade of towering chinquapin oaks, hearing the chatter of chickadees, the tap tap tapping of yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and the rattle of belted kingfishers. The River Legacy Foundation continues its long-term partnership with the Arlington Independent School District by providing 2nd & 4th grade students fun hands-on activities and field experiences aligned with Texas science standards. A series of interactive learning experiences launch the concepts of problem solving, critical inquiry and the scientific method.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

River Legacy borrowed our two pet rats that we saved from the reptile Expo named Lucky and Bingo!
They were celebrity gues they were celebrity guest well spending a few days at River Legacy teaching the kids about animals...
thank you River Legacy lucky and bingo were honored and will come back anytime but we're glad to get back to their two-story home at the Phillips house !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a beautiful park in North Arlington. There are many activities planned year round for all the members of the family. There are many hiking and biking trails and is a great way to get back to nature, you never know what interesting animal or bird you may see!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attended the summer program for the last two summers and LOVES it. He will make connections all year long to things that he learned during the summer at camp. It's so fun to hear him recall a fun fact or activity he did. He also has some special food needs and the teachers and staff do a wonderful job helping us to meet this needs. I feel very comfortable leaving him in their care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My two children have attended summer classes at River Legacy for five years. They love it! They have developed a great appreciation of nature and the environment. We also attend After Dark in the Park each year, which is a good balance of fun and learning.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having lived in Arlington, TX for numerous years, I had heard great stories of the educational programs being offered at River Legacy. A friend asked me to volunteer at their fall festival, After Dark in the Park, 5 years ago...I have been a true believer ever since. I now volunteer for several special events each year plus at the front desk half day a week. It is such a wonderful atmosphere of nature and those who believe in preserving our natural heritage along the Trinity River. What fun to see parents who attended Nature School bring their children in for the exhibits and the schools. Keep up the great work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

River Legacy Foundation provides an excellent environmental education facility and is active in the community with its After Dark in the Park event for children, gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble and the Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

River Legacy Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) that was founded in 1988 as a public and private partnership with the city of Arlington and its Parks and Recreation Department. It provides amenities in the park, which include pavilions, pedestrian bridges and trails and has recently added a canoe launch. The River Legacy Living Science center provides environmental education programs for children as young as three, to expose children to the wonders of nature. They have impacted 14,000 youth through their Field Investigation program in partnership with the Arlington school district. The park and Living Science Center provide excellent venues for learning and recreation. The location so near the Trinity River and adjacent wetlands offers viewing like no other Arlington park! It is Arlington's best kept secret, but most loved park, with the added bonus of a newly renovated nature center!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The best kept secret in town is the pre-school Nature School. The wonderful staff make it so inviting to the kids. Kids look forward to the child centered activities and get to know so much about nature. I highly recommend this preschool for someone that is looking to expand their child's knowledge about nature and science before they enter kindergarten.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to River Legacy Park for 21 years & it is my most favorite place to spend time with my husband & 3 children who have all grown up going there for the last 18 years. We have enjoyed countless bike rides, walks, picnics, barbecues etc.... The memories we have made there are irreplaceable. It is a beautiful place & I always feel I have stepped out of the city & into the woods when I am there. My youngest daughter also has enjoyed the Living Science Center since she was 3 years old & began Nature School there. She is now 7 years old & still attends Nature Club throughout the school year & the summer camps, which are awesome. She has received a great "nature" education. I truly just can't say enough good things about the Living Science Center & the park!

1 Jane43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

River Legacy Park is literally in my back yard. My husband and I love walking through the park. It's a tremendously beautiful place of peace in an otherwise hectic world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

River Legacy Parks & the River Legacy Nature Center in Arlington, Tx is a wonderful location to get outside and enjoy the wild. The Nature Cemter has exhibits and activites year round as well as school programs for all ages. The Parks have miles of paved & unpaved trails for biking, hiking or just walking. A varity of wildlike can be seen including some times a bobcat or two. The Trinity River runs trough the park and there is a canoe launch available at the North entrance to the park. Come check it out!