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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!


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!

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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!