Upcoming Events

Bird Tours


Beginning-Intermediate Walk & Talk Bird Tour - 1st Saturday Every Month
Join us as we go on a walking bird tour and learn about the birds who live at the Wetland! Meet the tour leaders at the Wetland Center at 7:00a.m. With migration here, it is the perfect time to learn the basics of birding. In this beginner to immediate class, you will learn how to use binoculars, field guides, keep a life-list and what to look for when identifying birds. Enjoy a relaxing morning learning more about the fastest growing spectator sport in America. Free with $5 Admission; Members are Free. Binoculars and Field guides are available for use. For questions contact the Wetland Center.

Advanced Bird Tours - OVER for the Summer - Check back in the Fall
Join our Master Birder Stewards as they identify and detail the birds of the Wetland. This is an advanced class and the pace will be fast.Those participating are expected to have knowledge regarding bird identification. This tour includes special limited access by carpooling with the Leaders into the Wetland.


  • Beginner-Intermediate: This program will be cancelled if it is raining on the day of the event.
  • Date: First Saturday of the Month
  • Time: 7am-9am
  • Cost: Free with $5 admission, Members Free
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  • Advanced Bird Tours:
  • Date:
    Over for the Summer, check back for the Fall Tours

Third Saturday of Every Month

Bunker's Pond Trail Walk

Join us on the newly opened Bunker's Pond Trail and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area as we walk this 1.8 mile loop trail. The trail begins with a walk through a forested area to a true bottom land hardwood forest, then follows the East Fork on the Trinity River and ends on the Wetland levee roads. This trail is great for families and those who are interseted in learning about native trees, flowers, animals and anything else we find along the way! For questions contact the Wetland Center.

  • Date: Third Saturday of the Month
  • Time: 10am
  • Cost: Free with $5 admission, Members Free

Mudbug Trail Run

Mudbug Trail Run has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019


The storms were too much for our planned REI run day and have been rescheduled for June 29th at 8:00am. Come run with us! Put your trail legs on and test yourself at the 2nd REI Trail Run at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center. Whether you're looking to run your first trail race or hit a personal best, this fun, light-hearted race will help you set your pace! The run starts and ends at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center and takes runners on the levees through the wetlands. This is a CUPLESS Race bring your water bottle! All who sign up will receive awesome REI branded swag, and post-race refreshments. Plus, there are some great prizes for the top men's and women's finishers. And check out the Kids FREE Fun run. So lace up your shoes, grab your buddy and get out on the trail with REI! We will be offering a 5K and 10K distance at the race. At Packet Pick Up you will have the option to choose your distance. Packet Pick Up will take place at the REI Dallas store on Thursday, June 25th 4:00pm -8:00pm and then morning of the event at 7:00am at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center. 10K starts at 8:00am and 5K will start at 8:15am and Kids Fun Run at 8:25(no registration). Day of registrations allowed viva mobile, no cash will be accepted. After the race stay and enjoy the Wetland!

  • Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Time: 8:00am - 11:00am
  • Where: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
  • Cost: $20 REI Member; $25 Non-Member
  • Register: Online

Wednesday Family Fun Days

Nature Studies for the Family! Continue the fun all summer long.


Wednesday, June 12th - Kids Survival Basics 2.0 - Back by popular demand and with new skills!
Wednesday, June 26th - Under the Water's Surface: On the Hunt for Macros - Collect and learn about the critters in the wetland!
Wednesday, July 10th - Complex Leaves for a Compound World - Discover the many shapes of a leaf.
Wednesday, July 24th - Cattails: More Than Just A Hydrophyte - Discover just how many uses the cattail has!
Wednesday, August 7th - You "Bee" Dancing: Get Your Pollinator Grove On - Learn about the importance of bees.
Wednesday, August 21st - Where is the Wetland in the Water Cycle? - Is the wetland where you think it is?

Call 972-474-9100 or email ldunn@wetlandcenter.com with any questions.
Wednesday Family Fun Days Summer 2019 Flyer.pdf

  • Date: Summer 2019
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Where: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
  • Cost: $6.00 per child, Parents Free
    Preregistration Required

Summer 2019 Teacher Workshop - Project WET

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Project WET Education Workshop will have you exploring the fascinating world of water systems using fun, hands-on educational activities. See flyer for details. Call 972-474-9100 or email ldunn@wetlandcenter.com with any questions.

Project WET Education Workshop flyer

  • Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Where: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
  • Cost: $40.00 Pre-Paid by June 21

Summer 2019 Teacher Workshop - Project WILD

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Project WILD Education Workshop will have you exploring the fascinating world of wildlife and ecosystems using fun, hands-on educational activities. See flyer for details. Call 972-474-9100 or email ldunn@wetlandcenter.com with any questions.

Project WILD Eduation Workshop flyer

  • Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Where: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
  • Cost: $40.00 Pre-Paid by July 5

Summer 2019 Teacher Workshop - Project Learning Tree

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program that uses the forest as a "window to the world" to understand our complex environment, to stimulate critical thinking and to make informed decisions. See flyer for details. Call 972-474-9100 or email ldunn@wetlandcenter.com with any questions.

Project Learning Tree flyer

  • Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Where: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
  • Cost: $65.00 Pre-Paid by July 19, 2019

Summer Professional Development - Texas Aquatic Science

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students. This workshop is designed to introduce the curriculum, how to best use the activities and supplemental material which enhances the curriculum. See flyer for details. Call 972-474-9100 or email ldunn@wetlandcenter.com with any questions.

Texas Aquatic Science flyer

  • Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Where: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
  • Cost: $20.00 Pre-Paid by July 26, 2019