The Baker Wetlands is stunning. But don’t just take our word for it: Check out what HouseBeautiful magazine said when it declared the Wetlands the most beautiful place in Kansas.


Hours

Discovery Center:
Sept 1–May 31: Mon–Sat9 am-Noon & 1-3 pm; Sun 1–3 pm
June 1–Aug 30: Mon–Sat 9 am–4 pm; Sun 1–4 pm

Contact Information

1365 N 1250 Road
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: 785-594-4700
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Location Type

Kid-friendly
Natural Area
Walking Tours

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One of the most diverse habitats in Kansas, the Baker Wetlands encompasses 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife. Students, faculty, and nature lovers have identified 278 species of birds, 98 other vertebrate species, and 487 plant species at the Wetlands — and these counts grow with each adventure. This exceptional environment gives students the unique opportunity for increased exploration and education about biological and ecological processes.

The Baker Wetlands and Discovery Center is paradise for our student biologists, ecologists, biochemists, and pre-health professionals. But our students aren’t the only beneficiaries of the stunning 927-acre natural habitat. Stargazers, bird watchers, and exercise enthusiasts are always bustling around the area, which is open to the public. Located just 10 miles north of the Baldwin City Campus, the Baker Wetlands is a true distinction for the university in its region.

HISTORY
The Wakarusa and Kansas River floodplains have developed since the Pre-Illinoian Glacial Period ended more than 300,000 years ago. Learn more about their development and how the mitigation has helped the Wetlands grow to where they are at today.

HIKING TRAILS
More than 11 miles of trails are open from dawn to dusk so you can hike the Wetlands to your heart’s content.

WETLANDS RULES
• The area is open dawn to dusk (daylight hours).
• Dogs must be on a leash to protect others on the trail and the wildlife.
• No boating, including canoes and kayaks, allowed.
• Take only pictures; leave only footprints.

Video

Documents

Birds 288 - Download (148 KB)
Vertebrates 387 - Download (172 KB)
Plants 492 - Download (181 KB)
Hiking Trail Map - Download (1 MB)

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