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River Legacy Nature School

River Legacy Nature School provides an environment that encourages a child’s inborn sense of wonder and curiosity to flourish. Indoor and outdoor explorations at River Legacy Living Science Center introduce children to the natural world.

  • Children ages 3 to 5/6 (not yet enrolled in kindergarten) attend class once weekly for 30 weeks, September – May. Twice a week classes available for 4-year-olds.

  • Every session includes a trip into the woods, weather permitting, where classroom lessons come to life.

  • Balanced curriculum encourages a hands-on, minds-on exploration of nature – enhanced through music, art, literature and dramatic play.

  • Ratio of 2 highly qualified teachers for every 9 to 12 children guarantees personal attention.

Inquiry based curriculum

3 year olds focus on River Legacy Park’s animal and plant life, exploring what they need to survive. Opportunities to encounter ladybugs and snails, earthworms and opossums, native wildflowers and so much more build their understanding of nature’s diverse life forms.

4 & 5/6 year olds (not yet enrolled in kindergarten) turn their attention to River Legacy Park’s habitats and how they meet the needs of creatures that live there. Among the units of study are The Living Tree, The Forest Floor, The Decaying Log, and The Creek. A growing understanding of the interdependence between animals and plants fosters an appreciation of nature’s delicate balance.

Call Education Director Sherrie Ripple at 817.860.6752, ext. 105 to learn more or to schedule a classroom visit. Open enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year begins Feb. 18. Limited spaces may also be available for the current year. Contact the registrar or call 817.860.6752, ext. 102 for current enrollment openings.

2019-2020 Class Schedule


  • ** Mondays: 9 am to 1:55 pm (bring lunch)

  • Wednesdays: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Fridays: 9 am to 12 pm


  • ** Mondays: 9 am to 1:55 pm (bring lunch)

  • Wednesdays: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Twice a Week Class:
    Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 am to 12 pm


Fridays: 9 am to 1:55 pm (bring lunch)
5-year-olds not yet enrolled in kindergarten are welcome in the Friday 5/6 class or any 4-year-old class.

** Denotes that this class is FULL. Wait list is available.

Important 2019 Dates:

Saturday, Feb. 9: Nature School Open House from 10 am to 12 pm – FREE

Monday, Feb. 18: Open Registration Begins.

May 13-17: Last week of 2018-2019 Nature School

Click here to register

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Watermelon Festival


There’s always something fun to do at the Dallas Farmers Market. Come by for live music, chef demos and other special events at the Shed. Hover over the dates to view the schedule and events.

Having an event? The Shed and The Market are available with numerous spaces to accommodate a wide variety of events. Let Dallas Farmers Market help plan your next event and help make memories!

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FREE Backyard Composting Classes

So proud of the City of Arlington and River Legacy for offering this program!

Backyard Composting Class

2017-05-13 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

River Legacy Living Science CenterPhone:817-860-6752Website:https://www.riverlegacy.orgAddress: 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76006

Learn how to improve the quality of your soil and spend less time and money fertilizing and watering during the City of Arlington’s FREE Backyard Composting Class held the 2nd Saturday of every month at River Legacy Living Science Center’s composting station in the back of the parking lot. Participants will receive a free composting guide and learn proper pile building and composting basics! Please dress for the weather. For more information, call 817.459.6778

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