Texas Parks and Wildlife, in conjunction with Texas State University-San Marcos and Texas Stream Team, developed two podcasts with an introduction by Cecilia Nasti of Texas Parks and Wildlife's Passport to Texas Radio Series for park visitors: the Aquarena Center Wetlands Walk and a more general Texas Wetlands Walk. It is possible to read, play or download the podcast (see bottom of linked page).
Aquarena Wetlands ProjectThe Aquarena Wetlands project at Aquarena Center was initiated by the Biology Department and Aquatic Resources Program at Texas State University-San Marcos to restore the Aquarena wetlands to their natural state and create an environmental education and research center to teach the public about the economic and ecological value of wetlands.
Elephant Ear removal
Partnerships and volunteer efforts have been integral in the restoration at Aquarena Center. The Wetlands Project draws volunteers from area schools, local service organizations, and the public. Volunteers are currently assisting in the removal of exotic species, revegetation with native wetland plants, and trail construction.
Wetlands Are WondrousWetlands provide many ecological benefits including: habitat for a diverse community of plants and wildlife; water purification; erosion and sediment control; and diminished flooding. Unfortunately, wetlands are becoming increasingly rare. Over time, the wetlands at Aquarena were altered by human development and today the springs are in jeopardy. Texas State University, many community organizations, and dedicated individuals have recognized the need to restore and protect the remaining wetlands surrounding Aquarena Springs.
The Floating Wetlands BoardwalkThe Wetlands Boardwalk allows visitors to walk through a self guided trail that explains the effects of exotic and invasive species a habitat as well as offering a close up view of the abundant plant and animal life that thrive here.