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.