Explore the West Eugene Wetlands!
Experience first-hand how the West Eugene Wetlands Partnership is working to restore and protect the rare Willamette wet prairie, upland prairies, and oak savannahs. Come explore this beautiful part of Eugene, OR. Visitors can access the wetlands by biking or walking the Amazon Bike Path, hiking the trails, or parking at one of the overlooks and just enjoying the view.
Stop by the West Eugene Wetland Project Office at 751 S Danebo Ave to pick up a map, or click here for a map, before you explore the wetlands. We hope you enjoy the wetlands, but please be aware of the West Eugene Wetlands Rules. In the unfortunate circumstance in that you should witness illegal activity in the West Eugene Wetlands, please report to BLM Law Enforcement Officer Jon Liakos at 541-683-6313. Leave a detailed description of the person(s), location, and crime.
Take a bike ride along the Fern Ridge bike path to Meadowlark Prairie Overlook. Along the way, look for herons, beaver activity, and you may even catch a glimpse of an otter in Amazon Creek.
Since 2002, the West Eugene Wetlands Partnership has offered environmental education programs to the community through the Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN). WREN has now served more than 25,000 participants through school programs and interpretive programs for children and adults out of a 30 foot-diameter yurt, WREN's outdoor classroom. Since 1992, the West Eugene Wetlands Partners have envisioned an education center to house the growing community programs.
The West Eugene Wetlands Education Center will build a framework for learners to embark on their quest for knowledge and understanding. The program encourages questions, including: How do the wetlands function? How do other natural systems function? How is the community tied to the natural systems in our daily lives and, in particular, the wetland system? How can citizens make changes (individually and collectively) in order to lessen the impact upon those systems?
In addition to education, the Education Center is also for recreation and enjoyment. It is important to recognize that, in many cases, the main reason people are visiting the site is not for a purely educational experience. The recreational learning experience encourages the visitor to "self select" those learning opportunities that he or she finds interesting or fun.