River Bend Nature Center

Building Information

Building Information: 
The new pavilion opened in 2015 and was made possible by a generous donation from life-long nature lover and long-time River Bend supporter, Mrs. Imogene Powers Johnson. Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc., known for their innovative, green designs in which the built environment supports and enhances both human activity and natural living systems, designed the new River Bend pavilion. The new open air pavilion enables River Bend to hold summer nature camp and school field trip classes in a natural outdoor setting during any or all weather conditions. Family and adult environmental education programs, art exhibits and performing arts productions will also take place in the pavilion. In addition, the unique architectural design of the structure integrated within a natural forested setting offers an attractive “weather resistant” outdoor venue for rent for private events, such as weddings, parties, meetings, among others. When not in use for program purposes, the pavilion will be open for public enjoyment.

Visitor Experience

Visitor Experience: 
The 78 acres and three activity buildings provide a very accessible and comfortable setting for novices or experienced outdoors people. The center is comprised of almost 4,000 feet of Root River frontage, river-bottom land, ponds and uplands hardwoods. Miles of hiking trails thread through the varied terrain. Most species of birds and animals native to southeast Wisconsin can be found on the property. Those looking for a few hours of quiet on a weekend or an hour after work will find that River Bend is nearby.


3600 North Green Bay Road
Racine, WI 53404



8AM - 4PM

Event Permissions:

Photography Permitted: 
Photography Permitted
Filming Permitted: 
Filming Permitted

Building Accessibility:

Only First/Main Floor accessible to persons with disabilities

Restroom Availability:

Restrooms will be available for visitors