Only 3.8 Miles from
Scottsbluff Monument!


Why Riverside Discovery Center?

Where else in western Nebraska can you come face to face with a lion, meet a chimpanzee and embrace the wonders of the animal kingdom!

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught”

– Baba Dioum

Earth DayThe goal of our education department is to develop age appropriate programs that will help connect the audience to nature and wildlife through hands-on and interactive activities.

Environmental education is a way to understand and open a person’s eyes to the great world we live in, give people a sense of the impact humans can have on the environment, and, most importantly, inspire a love for nature and wildlife.

Education Programs for You

Community/Scouts/ Library

We have a multitude of programs designed specifically for Community groups like yours. If you can’t find what you are looking for, we can create a program focused on your needs.

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Our school programs are geared towards giving students opportuinities that they might not be able to have in the classroom.

We have a wide variety of programs that correlate with many state standards and that can vary in length depending on your schedule.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, we can create a program focused on your needs.

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Summer Camps

Every year, RDC offers a variety of summer camps for children of all ages. Call 308-630-6236 for more information on our ZOO CAMPS!

2019 Animal Day Camp (ages 6-12) $30 members/ $40 non members. June 21, July 19, and August 2. Activities Include: games, activities, animal encounters, zoo hikes, keeper chats, splash pad and so much more! Drop off starts at 7:45am. Camp time:  8:30am-3:30am

Junior Zoofari (grades 6-8th) and Zoofari (grades 9-12). Zoofari members gain experience in helping zookeepers, diet preparations, teaching the public about animals through animal artifacts or holding live animals, help with special events and so much more! Cost $65 for members and $75 for non members. For more information please call zoo gift shop 308-630-6236

High Plains Science Camp

Every year, RDC works with other local organizations to put on the High Plains Science Camp.

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