Discovery Pond, Zigzag Walkway, Gazebo

If you pass by the color purple in a field and don't notice it, God gets real pissed off. - Alice Walker 

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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 IMG 2429 700x522 Discovery Pond, Zigzag Walkway, Gazebo1997 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.

duckweedsign small 700x546 Discovery Pond, Zigzag Walkway, GazeboTo 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.