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Viewing Areas

There are several viewing areas located at various saline wetland areas, which are easy to access.

Arbor Lake
There are benches next to the parking area which provide an opportunity for visitors to observe saline wetlands and the plant and animal life in the area.

Frank Shoemaker Marsh
A trail winds through portions of the site. There is a handicapped accessible observation pier overlooking the greater marsh area, a wildlife-viewing pier, and a bridge over Little Salt Creek allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of the marsh and its wildlife up close and personal.

Lincoln Saline Wetlands Nature Center
A walking trail is available, which unlocks the treasures of this dense and rare saline wetland to the public. There is also a wildlife viewing blind overlooking two of several wetland ponds frequented by a wide variety of waterfowl.

Little Salt Fork Marsh Preserve
A trail leads from the parking area off of Raymond Road down to a bridge over salt creek. From here you can proceed along a small walking path on top of an embankment to the water area. To view plant and animal life in the area.

Pioneers Park Nature Center
Containing 668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream. Since 1963 the Nature Center has served the Lincoln area as an environmental education center and wildlife sanctuary. Eight miles of hiking trails wind through various habitats and take visitors past non-releasable raptor exhibits, as well as bison, elk, and white-tailed deer. A portion of the Prairie Corridor trail was recently constructed on the south end of the Nature Center and travels past some remnant saline wetland areas.

Whitehead Saline Wetlands
In 2009, an observation deck was constructed along 28th Street, overlooking the wetland area. Informational panels and benches are located on the deck for visitors to learn about the saline wetlands and the wetland's native plants and animals, and to relax and view the wetland area.

Zoetis Saline Wetlands
A pavilion and a 3/4-mile interpretive trail is available for use. The pavilion offers multiple views of this restoration including saline wetlands and prairie landscape and provides information regarding the natural history of the area and the types of vegetation you will encounter as you walk along the trails.

Earth Wellness Festival

The annual Earth Wellness Festival held by the University of Nebraska –Lincoln Extension, is an environmental-education event for 5th-graders in Lancaster County. The 2-day event offers hands-on activities and engaging presentations dealing with water, air, land, and living resources. Each year, the Saline Wetland Conservation Partnership coordinator offers a fun and exciting game of Saline Wetland Jeopardy.

Partners involved with the Earth Wellness Festival include: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County, Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, City of Lincoln, Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln Public Schools, National Drought Mitigation Center, Southeast Community College-Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources Environmental Studies Program.


Pioneers Park- Saline Wetland Exhibit

Nature Center Display                 Nature Center Display

The saline-wetland educational kiosk is located in the Chet Ager building at Pioneers Park. The exhibit includes general information about Nebraska's saline wetlands and its flora and fauna, endangered species, a map of the saline wetlands in Lancaster and Saunders counties, and includes a tabletop interactive ecosystem balance. The saline wetlands conservation partnership provided funding for the kiosk.