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Oaklands Wetland is a natural open space which is home to a diversity of wildlife including birds, aquatic life and protected species including the Grey-headed Flying-fox and the Purple Spotted Gudgeon.
One of the main purposes of the wetland is to provide a clean water supply to more than 30 local reserves and other open spaces.
The Oaklands Wetland and Reserve is home to the Oaklands Education Centre, an exciting purpose-built home for the partnership between the City of Marion and Flinders University, providing a place for education, research and studies into wetlands, and showcasing the site's storm water re-use scheme.
The Oaklands Education Centre is available for free for schools and are encouraged to book the facility for studies related to the environment. It is also a free community facility that can be used by not-for-profits and community groups.
The Oaklands Education Centre is blue building that is located along the western boundary of the Oaklands Wetland and Reserve, adjacent the Sturt River. To access the centre, parking is near the skate park and walk south towards the wetland.
Oaklands Wetland is home to many different species of animals including parrots, ducks, cockatoos and wader birds such as spoonbills, ibis and gulls. Fish and frogs live in the wetland, plus many different types of insects like dragonflies and mayflies.
Majestic, old river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and 85,000+ plants play an important role creating habitat for our wildlife.
Oaklands Wetland can capture, clean and store up to 400 million litres of stormwater each year, when fully operational.
Our community values the wetland, its wildlife and the green open spaces which the wetland can support. Visitors to the wetland show they care by:
A valued feature of Oaklands Wetland is the public's close interaction with the wetland and the aquatic life. The open water areas are a particular feature which give good water views and are a component of all stormwater treatment wetlands.
The majority of the wetland is shallow (less than 300mm) with extensive water plants. The open ponds are deeper (up to 1.7m) and don’t have emergent vegetation.
Designed for high school students and aligned with the SACE curriculum, Flinders University has created various educational modules where students are able to participate in water-related STEM activities - topics included are groundwater, environmental health and ecology.