The Nature Center opened its doors in 2013 and acts as the centerpiece of Wetlands Park. The 10,000-square-foot Exhibit Gallery at the Nature Center features interactive displays, dioramas, artwork and activities that bring the habitats and wildlife of the park, as well as its history to life.
Our Nature Store is located in the lobby of the Exhibit Gallery, offering gifts, apparel, kid's activities, drinks, snacks, and more.
The Auditorium offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a variety of themed movies about the Park and the adjacent Meeting Room can be reserved by corporate groups as well as community and non-profit groups for meetings and events.
The Lizard Lounge is a great place for visitors to enjoy amazing views of the Nature Preserve while enjoying a picnic lunch in a climate-controlled area. Light snacks are available in the Nature Store, or bring your own lunch! (No cooking is permitted.) This serves as the only approved area in the Nature Preserve to picnic. Outdoor picnic areas are available at the Duck Creek, Pabco, and Wells Trailheads, as well as at Neighborhood Park.
The Administration wing includes offices for staff and volunteers, restrooms, and classrooms.
The Wetlands Park Nature Center was awarded LEED Gold in April 2015, reflecting excellence in sustainable design. The building features passive solar heating and photovoltaic electrical panels, as well water smart fixtures and as some recycled building material.