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. Created wetlands also help restore the vaulable habitats or many organisms that use wetlands during their lifespans. Make a visit to see all the wildlife living in the wetland ecosystem right here just off Neyland Drive near downtown Knoxville.   

Check out this Tennessee Wetland Plant List to learn more about the plants growing in and around the wetlands and see which ones may work for you on your property in those challenging wet spots or along waters edge. 

​Experience the Wetlands:

An 80-foot boardwalk spans the largest pond at the wetlands, allowing visitors to experience the wetlands from an entirely unique 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:

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


Dragonfly exoskeletons can be found under the broad leaves of emergent vegetation like this Arrowhead and Pickerel Weed around the edges 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

Garrett Ferry
Stormwater Coordinator
Facility Services