Along with the construction around creating the South Lawrence Trafficway, the Baker Wetlands have also been changing – restoration of more land, expansion, and new trails – spearheaded by Roger Boyd and his son Jon Boyd.
Many of the trails listed in our Kansas Trail Guide are still in place, but there’s been an expansion of several more miles of multi-use trail – see the map below.
Another addition is the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center. The eco-friendly building was opened in October 2015, and it’s a large space with panoramic views out over the boardwalk.
The center has exhibits on the importance of the wetlands and how they
were restored and how they’re being taken care of now.
They have spotting scopes, an observatory tower, a research lab, and a classroom space.
Also featured are some family-friendly stations where kids can check out pelts and other animal artifacts. Plus there’s a little gift shop to commemorate your visit.
Around the building are impressive wildlife photos, many of them by the Boyd’s.
If you go:
1365 N. 1250 Road
Lawrence, KS 66046
Trails are open during daylight hours and dogs are allowed on leash.
Discovery Center is open 9am to noon and 1 to 3pm Monday to Saturday and 1 to 3pm on Sunday.