The Wetland Center is OPEN!
Tuesday through Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Every Saturday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
$5; $4 Seniors 60+;
Children 12 and under Free when accompanied by an Adult.
School programs may be scheduled Tuesday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
See the Education page for details.
The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center serves as the hub of environmental and social interest for the 3,100 acres of man-made wetland habitat on the Rosewood Seagoville Ranch property. This includes the North Texas Municipal Water District East Fork Wetland Project, flooded hardwood forest restoration as part of the Bunker Sands Mitigation Bank, and seasonal emergent wetlands.
The Wetland Center building and grounds provide opportunities for research, education, wildlife observation, and community gatherings within a comfortable, appropriately scaled, environmentally-conscious development. The 5,400 SF facility fulfills many roles including a staging and exhibit hall for interactive exhibits; a fully equipped research lab for use by research groups to study the wetland plants and animals; a classroom for hands-on educational and research use; on-site manager office; and an observation deck to view the wetland. The building also houses restrooms, a prep kitchen to accommodate larger events, and a private sleeping quarters for research students. Outside the building, the Wetland Center features boardwalks extending into the living wetland, allowing visitors to view the wetland systems and observe wildlife. Pavilions, engaged with the boardwalks and the wetland, and an observation tower are planned for future phases.
The Wetland Center facility and grounds are designed to respond to the site and take advantage of local rainfall, sun, views, and breezes. The architectural design of the building incorporates such features as operable windows for natural ventilation, deep roof overhangs for shading, capturing rainwater for use in site irrigation, the use of native plant, grass, and flower species, and a wetland meadow for on-site waste water treatment. The building utilizes familiar materials such as exposed wood structural members, natural stone, bamboo flooring, and standing seam metal roofing.
The building was designed by local Dallas Architect, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects. The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center opened in October 2010. Tours and exhibits are offered, turning the wetland into an outdoor classroom.
The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is approximately 25 miles from downtown Dallas. Please download our map. Do not use GPS.
Groups and Schools, click here to inquire about your next education adventure, meeting or retreat.