Originally a channel of the South Platte River until the flood of June 1965, the Wetlands offer an incredible educational resource due to the diversity of habitats and environments that exist in the area. This area is lined by towering cottonwood trees with cattails, willows, and duckweed growing along the banks. This thriving natural habitat is home to a variety of wildlife including muskrats, raccoons, red fox, and the occasional beaver. During the summer, large snapping and painted turtles can be spotted basking in the sun on the fallen trees in the water. The trees and vegetation surrounding the Wetlands also attract a rich variety of birds such as Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, and nesting Northern Flickers. Families of Wood Ducks and Mallards return to the area annually.