who we are

Set amid a working cattle ranch and an expansive wetland on the East Fork of the Trinity River, the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is a nature center, an educational destination, a birder’s paradise and photographer’s dream, and a serene escape to nature like no other in North Texas.

Our primary mission is educating the public about water, wetlands and wildlife and the need to conserve these essential resources. Our environmental education programs use the East Fork Water Reuse Project, a 2,000-acre wetland that supplies drinking water, to give students a memorable field research experience designed to inspire conservation literacy. We also offer nature seminars, bird walks, boardwalk tours, Scouting programs and a host of special events focused on the natural world, with an emphasis on activities for families.

Our boardwalk into the wetland and miles of trails allow visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in diverse habitats that host some 300 species of birds, including bald eagles, and scores of native mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles.

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Our Mission and Vision

Conservation Literacy of Water, Wetlands and Wildlife:
Our mission is to educate the public and provide research opportunities in the areas of water reuse, quality and supply, wildlife conservation and wetland systems.
Our vision is to be the premier education and destination nature center serving the North Texas region and beyond.

Our Board of Directors

Storm Sands, President
The Rosewood Corporation
Jamie Steinburg, Vice President
Ken Mindell, Treasurer
The Rosewood Corporation, Retired
Jenna Covington
North Texas Municipal Water District
Joe Farmer
North Texas Municipal Water District
Haven Heinrichs
The Rosewood Foundation
Jack May
North Texas Municipal Water District
Anjanette Murry
Crandall Independent School District
Lauren Rose Sands
The Rosewood Corporation
Catriona Glazebrook
Interim Executive Director

Catriona Glazebrook is the Interim Executive Director for the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center. She oversees the center’s conservation and education programs, applying over two decades of experience successfully leading national and international conservation organizations.

Before coming to the Wetland Center, Catriona served as executive director of one of the largest conservation organizations in Texas. Under her leadership, the program, in part, led to the comeback of endangered species and was awarded the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Environmental Excellence.

She was appointed by the Governor to a Texas State Environmental Education Board and served as Vice Chair. She also developed a policy briefing guide on educational trends and needs for Texas state legislators.

She designed and led a youth conservation program that National Geographic recognized as one of the Nation’s best science programs for high school students.

Catriona has a Master of Science in Resource Management & Administration and a Juris Doctorate (Order of the Barristers). She also studied international law at Cambridge University in the UK.

Her family is originally from Britain, and her son and daughter-in-law live in Webster, Texas.

She loves hiking, playing violin, and enjoying her family and friends.