Welcome to Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

enhance • restore • preserve • educate

Urban Nature Reserve

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a 91-acre urban nature reserve with habitats including forested wetland, cattail marsh, open water, created prairie, open field, and upland forest. Persisting despite the urbanization that continues to grow around it, the Reserve is home to numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Migrating songbirds and waterfowl nest and feed in its protection.

Our unique and convenient location allows visitors an easy day trip within city limits that makes them feel as though they have traveled much further from home.

Close up of monarch butterfly on flower

The Nature Center

Explore environmental exhibits in the 4,000-square-foot Nature Center at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve. Learn about the importance of local wetlands; find aquariums that are home to local fishes, frogs, turtles, and snakes; and experience hands-on activities. The Nature Center facilities feature an interpretive gallery, restrooms, kitchen, solarium, and classroom/rental space.

Trail System

Heckrodt has a large trail system throughout the Reserve offering spectacular views throughout of various natural habitats and wildlife. Interpretive areas are located throughout the trail system to provide information on the different environments through the Reserve. Find different trail options for your preferred length of walk for the day.

Programs & Events

Educational programs offer a variety of topics that are of interest to a broad age range from youth to adults. Heckrodt Wetland Reserve programs are developed by trained naturalists and focus on our local  environment.  These programs are intensely hands-on and designed to foster an ethic of environmental appreciation and stewardship.

Koenig Pond_Rendering for Event2

Tracey's Legacy Project

Tracey Koenig has officially retired!

To show our incredible appreciation to Tracey and her 25 years of service we have launched this Legacy Project campaign to raise $10,000 to build out a boardwalk and a platform with benches on Koenig Pond.  The great news is we are already 25% to that goal!

We need your help to raise at least $10,000 by August 1st to make this project a reality and start construction in early fall.

Help us honor Tracey by contributing at least $25 to her legacy project in recognition of her 25 years of service to Heckrodt Wetland Reserve!

Thank you for helping us celebrate Tracey and allow her legacy to live on at your favorite reserve here in the Valley!

Have Questions?

Looking for information on our location and hours? Want to learn more about the habitats our reserve offers or seeking to find answers on the native and invasive species that may be in your neighborhood? Visit our frequently asked questions for these and other answers.

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Community Partners

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a private non-profit organization. We depend on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations for our operations. Thank you to our generous community partners!

Community Partner in Habitat Protection & Enhancement

Community Partner in Wellness

Community Partner in Sustainability

Community Partner in Education