Walnut Creek Wetland Center
The Walnut Creek Wetland Center opened in September of 2009. Our mission is to increase awareness of the importance of wetlands.
Wetlands provide a variety of benefits to humans and the environment. They provide habitat for plants and wildlife, clean our water, decrease the impact of severe storms, reduce flooding by absorbing runoff, and provide educational and recreational opportunities. When they are removed from the landscape the services they would normally supply can cost significant amounts of time and money to attempt to replace.
Scheduled programs are offered to all ages and the lobby is open free of charge to the public. The "green" built facility is within a 59 acre park bordered by State Street, Peterson Street and Garner Road in Southeast Raleigh. This unique location is within a short distance of downtown but, because it is a portion of the Walnut Creek floodplain, it provides ample habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.
From corporate retreats and trainings to graduation parties and family reunions we are sure to have a room to fit your needs. We have three rooms of varying sizes available for rental. For large events our wonderful sheltered deck may be rented in conjunction with a room.
We offer a variety of nature based programs for all ages. From exploring aquatic ecosystems in Creek Life, to learning to identify trees on our Wetland Walks, there's sure to be something everyone in your family will enjoy.
Located at the intersection of the Little Rock and Walnut Creek Greenways, the Wetland Center is an ideal destination, or stopover, for a greenway walk or bike ride. Use our bathrooms, get a drink of water and add to your knowledge of nature all in one stop. From the Center you can walk or ride to the State Farmer's Market, NC State's Centennial Campus and Lake Raleigh or even Lake Johnson. In the other direction lie the Rock Quarry Road flea market and Worthdale Park.
Our expansive deck and greenway trails offer many opportunities for wildlife viewing. A bird feeding station invites a variety of songbirds and hummingbirds, while raptors including red shouldered hawks, barred owls, and even the occasional bald eagle are sighted in the woods surrounding the Center. Waterfowl including great blue herons, wood ducks and geese are regularly sighted. Mammal visitors include deer, foxes, groundhogs, beaver and more. A rich variety of reptiles and amphibians make their homes here as well.
Green Building Features
The Walnut Creek Wetland Center was designed by Frank Harmon Architects and incorporates many elements of environmentally friendly design. The building exterior is unpainted wood siding which requires little maintenance and will naturally weather. The orientation of the building and our many windows allow for maximum use of natural light while providing shade from strong sun. Water is conserved inside through use of low flow devices and dual flush toilets. Outside, we have swales and rainwater collection ponds which slow the flow of water across the surface and through the soil.
Feel free to ask a staff person at the Center for more information about any of our green design features. We do green building tours free of charge. Groups larger than three, please call ahead.
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC 27610