Check Out the Murfree Spring Wetlands This July

Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at the front desk are about the Murfree Spring wetlands. So we decided it was time to give you an outdoor update.


Who takes care of the wetlands?

Remarkably, wetlands are notorious for taking care of themselves.  Discovery Center and the City of Murfreesboro work closely together to monitor invasive species, check on trash screens, and any other challenge that may arise.  Discovery Center and the community at large appreciate that the Murfree Spring wetlands are part of the City’s park system and operate under the same hours, rules and regular maintenance schedules.   


Are program supplies available to rent in order to explore the wetlands?

Nets, water testing kits, and galoshes are only used when Discovery Center staff are leading programs like a Wetland Walk or Catch & Release. However, we have some great Wetland Wonder Packs that are available to check out. The packs include a field guide that lists some of the plants and animals that you’re likely to encounter on a jaunt around the boardwalk and a few activities designed to help children meaningfully interact with the environment. Wetland Wonder Packs can be checked out from the front desk by leaving a photo ID or car keys as collateral.


When can I join a Discovery Center wetlands program?

Ms. Emmie will be leading Wetland Walks on July 2, 5, 6, 16, 18, 19, and 20 at 11:00 am. These programs are included with admission and free for members. She’ll start near the playground and take you on a guided tour of the loop. You can expect to see turtles and ducks aplenty, but we’ve even had recent luck with otter and heron sightings.