Assess Your Site for a Wetland Project

All wetlands have three characteristics: water, saturated soil and plants adapted to wet conditions. Some wetlands may be saturated with water throughout the year, while others rarely have standing water. All wetlands are characterized by “hydrophytes” (plants that are adapted for life in wet soils) and have hydric soils, meaning they are periodically saturated or flooded. There are many types of wetlands, classified by the amount and duration of water and by their specific plant community. Use the tips and tools below to determine if there is a feasible site on your school grounds for a wetland project!

Choosing a Site for a Wetland Project

As a first step, students can walk the school grounds to identify possible sites to enhance or create a wetland project.  Students can use the tools and surveys on the Schools Grounds Site Assessment page to conduct wildlife surveys, assess growing conditions and identify soil texture.  Below are some examples of types of areas to look for as potential wetland project sites:

Consult Wetlands Specialist:

Because of the complex nature of wetlands, consult a wetlands specialist to help with technical, administrative and logistical issues. This is also an opportunity for students to compare and contrast their findings with the expert’s recommendations. As with any project, be sure to establish a support team, including your facilities staff.  Some sources of wetlands expertise: