Wetlands are a natural filter for water moving through the landscape. The created wetland receives runoff from an uphill parking area as well as the surrounding manicured gardens, helping to protect the Tennessee River against nonpoint source pollution originating from these areas. The project is a demonstration for homeowners as well as for municipal governments hoping to turn a drainage problem into a landscaping amenity. The project will soon display signage that helps visitors to understand the intention and function of the space as they experience a wetland ecosystem just off Neyland Drive.   


Play Weltand Bingo:
Click the link below for an electronic bingo card. Fill in a box by finding the item pictured in the box and tapping the screen.
Rule Options:
For a "GO VOLS" game, fill in at lease one box in each of the columns labeled at the top to spell out "VOLS." Once you have it, yell "GO VOLS!"
For a short game, fill in all boxes in either a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line.
For a regular game, fill in all boxes in both a horizontal and vertical line.
For a blackout game, fill in all boxes on the card, allowing for one or two "freebies."


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  • Click here for a pdf of game instruction options.   

    Click here for a glossary of terms used in Wetland Bingo. 

    Note: Since the wetland has many natural elements, some plants and wildlife will only be present in certain seasons. Late spring to summer (May-July) is the best time to find the most items in the bingo card boxes. If you are playing in fall or winter, then the short game is recommended.

    ​Experience the Living Wetlands:

    A new 80-foot boardwalk spans the largest pond at the wetlands, allowing visitors to experience the wetlands from an entirely new perspective, just like this budding scientist. 

    Garden Campers play wetland bingo to explore the life in the wetlands.

    Garden Campers play Wetland Bingo to explore the life in the wetlands.

    ​What to Look for Now:

    Adult gray tree frogs rest among the irises that outline their breeding ground.


    Dragonfly exoskeletons can be found under the broad leaves of this Arrowhead plant and Pickerel Weed around the edged of the pools. As nymphs, dragonflies feast on mosquito larvae in the water. 

    Juvenile painted turtles are illusive but can be spotted by the patient passerby.  They sun on floating woody debris and snack on the abundant duck weed in the ponds.


    Dr. Andrea Ludwig
    Associate Professor of Ecological Engineering
    Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department

    Dr. Sue Hamilton
    Director, UT Gardens
    Associate Professor of Horticulture
    Plant Sciences Department

    Garrett Ferry
    Stormwater Coordinator
    Facility Services