Discovery Pond was opened in 2001. It was first funded by an anonymous grant and that grant enabled us to find a number of matching and other grants. We inherited a 1 foot pond that was foul smelling and didn’t support much life. Based upon our 1997 master plan, the pond was dredged to 8 feet, a native wet land.
The space was interpreted by elementary students who first took training and workshops in interpretation, wetlands ecology, natural art and writing. As a result of their work we created bronze plaques with the student’s interpretation and art.
A native wetland was planted and a local boy scout created a sign that talks about non-game native fish. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has stocked the pond with non-game native fish. The site was transformed from a foul smelling watery wasteland to a vibrant wetland that supports thousands of species of plants, birds and fish.
To allow for more immersion in a wetland we have created a zig-zag path over the wetland and two handicapped accessible areas, one of which features a gazebo. This is always a great place to view wildlife in the park.
By special request teachers can check out a Discovery pond science tub that enables students to further explore the site in more depth.