Great Salt Lake Nature Center

Standard Hours of Operation Are:

Monday-Sunday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Unless staff are called off-site for outreach education or presentations



We need your help to complete construction of the Nature Center. While the Utah State Legislature may provide funding in the future, it is clear that the Center will require the help of private enterprise and generous contributions from community members. Public awareness is essential to the Nature Center's success. Help us make this critical educational opportunity available to everyone with your donation.


The Long Range Vision The long range vision of the Great Salt Lake Interpretive Trust and its community partners is the development of a permanent visitor and education center with a trail complex that will form the Great Salt Lake Nature Center at Farmington Bay. Development is planned to take place in two phases.

Phase One: Nature Center Wetlands Classrooms Relocation This phase involved moving the mobile classroom complex from its current location at the WMA Headquarters to a new location within the marsh. This relocation will provide for a better educational experience for students and visitors, and will accommodate the increasing number of field trip requests.

As part of this phase, public access to the Nature Center was relocated to approximately 1700 W. Glovers Lane. A roadway, parking area and additional restrooms were also constructed around the classrooms to provide better ammenities for visitors. The estimated cost of relocation was approximately $250,000. The Center opened at its new location September 8, 2007.

Phase Two: Nature Trails This phase involves constructing a web of nature trails that will weave around the 260 acres of varied habitat that surround the Nature Center. The idea of the trail is to give people access to a wider swath of the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area while, at the same time, preventing visitors from damaging habitat and disturbing nesting sites. Construction of the first trail began in the summer of 2008 with an award from the American Birding Association. Construction will continue through 2011 as other grants are awarded to the project. These trails will be wheelchair accessible, provide interpretive signage and wildlife viewing areas and offer resting benches.

Phase Three: The Great Salt Lake Nature Center Under Phase Three, the mobile classroom complex will be replaced with the construction of a 14,000 square foot visitor and education center that would serve as the gateway to the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem.

 



This state-of-the-art facility will feature exhibit spaces, demonstration areas, a 100-seat auditorium/media center, a meeting room, and a gift shop, as well as administrative space. When completed, the Learning Center will teach visitors the wonders and mysteries of our Great Salt Lake Ecosystem, including:


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