Children's Museum - Zoo - Natural History Museum

The Mission of RDC: To inspire a sense of awe and stewardship for the natural world by supporting conservation, education, discovery and recreation.
Want to Help? News and Updates Jingle Paws and Holiday at the Zoo!

Please help us make a better home for our chimpanzees in Nebraska

As the social needs of chimpanzees are better understood, we realize the need to increase our chimp colony from 3 to 7 individuals. Through construction and building modification we can accomplish this. Your help is absolutely essential if we are to make a better home for our chimp friends. Jack, Sarah & Scooter send their sincerest “hoots” and backslaps in thanks.



For other ways you can donate to Riverside Discovery Center, please check out our Donations Page.

Adopt – an – animal

zebra baby
Animal adoptions are a great way to support the Riverside Discovery Center.
Your adoption funds go towards the care and feeding of your animal for one year and make a great gift for family and friends.  There are four tiers of adoption with increased benefits per tier.

Tier one: $25.00- You will receive a certificate of adoption.
Tier two:  $50.00- You will receive a letter from the zookeepers about your animal and a certificate of adoption.
Tier three:  $100.00- You will receive a 5×7 picture of your animal, a letter from the zookeepers and a certificate of adoption.
Tier four:  $250.00- You will receive 2 tickets to the zoo for a personal talk from a staff member about your animal, plus all the benefits of tier three.

Adoptions do not mean you get to take your animal home (or can interact with it in any way)… it is just a great way to help support the zoo!  :)

Any animal is open for adoption in any tier.
Just fill out the form (can be found below) and drop it off at the zoo gift shop.

adoption form 2014

Adoption flyer 2014

The holidays are getting closer – and for the zoo that means Jingle Paws time!

Jingle Paws is our fundraising event where people can give a present to our animals.  Each day we give all of our animals an enrichment item.  This can be a special food item, a new ‘toy’ to play with or something else (some of the animals enjoy painting).  Enrichment helps us keep all of the animals physically and mentally fit by encouraging natural behaviors (such as searching for food, climbing, digging, etc.).  So look through your cubards, pick up an extra item when you’re at the store and give the RDC animals a gift this holiday season!  Click on the document below to get a full list- but some favorite items are:

  • Blank canvas to paint on
  • Tempera paint (non-toxic/ washable)
  • Cat nip
  • Pet toys of any kind- puzzle feeders, ropes, balls, etc.
  • Honey
  • Suet feeder holders (can hold lots of goodies)
  • Canned fruit or vegetables (cannot be expired)
  • Ritz or saltine crackers

Bring the items to the zoo any day from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Come to the zoos Holiday at the Zoo party on Saturday December 13 from 11:00 – 2:00
See some animals get some enrichment items, play games, make crafts and so much more!

Jingle Paws 2014 items needed


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Ages 4 and Under: FREE

Ages 5 thru 12: $4.00

Ages 13 thru 64: $6.00

Seniors (65+): $5.00

Scottsbluff Discount Day

Resident? Get a Discount the 1st Wednesday of each Month!

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Weather Permitting

November thru March:

10:00 am thru 3:30 pm

April thru October:

9:30 am thru 4:30 pm

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Our Address:

1600 South Beltline Hwy West

Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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