New River Nature Center

New River Nature Center for Kids

New River Nature Center has a diversity of habitats, interconnected network of rivers and lakes, and offers a secluded place to explore the wonders of nature.


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The New River area preserves and protects a 10-mile river that is home to a variety of fish, birds, and other wildlife, as well as a rich Native American history and a long lasting pioneer spirit. A true living laboratory for environmental education, New River provides exceptional opportunities for meaningful encounters with the natural world, engage physically in the conservation of public lands, and develop a strong foundation for lasting stewardship.


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New River engages students by collecting data on water quality, plants, and wildlife population and in return students gain an appreciation for natural resource conservation.




New River offers miles of trails, waterways, and beaches for hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, wildlife viewers, and boaters. There are numerous opportunities for groups or individuals to volunteer or participate in a service learning project.


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Running parallel to the Pacific Ocean for nine miles, this coastal river is separated from the ocean by only a thin foredune of sand. Many rare birds, animals, and plants depend on New River's estuary, forest, meadow, wetland, and shrub habitat for survival. Dedicated almost exclusively to Watchable Wildlife, the area remains secluded and primitive, providing nature enthusiasts with short, rustic, self-guided loop trails to view wildlife. There are four main access points to New River ACEC, Storm Ranch, Floras Lake, Lost Lake, and Four Mile.


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New River Nature Center has a partnership with community groups and schools.


  • Student Conservation Association
  • American Conservation Association
  • Bandon High School