Great Salt Lake Nature Center

Standard Hours of Operation Are:


8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Great Salt Lake Nature Center Wetlands Classrooms at Farmington Bay WMA.
Photo by Charles Uibel, (c) 2007.

Stormy Skies Over Emergent Marsh. A beautiful view from the Great Salt Nature Center's Wetlands Classrooms during an impending storm, Summer 2007.
Photo by Charles Uibel, (c) 2007.

Great Blue Heron Coming in for a Landing at the Heron Rookery Near the Great Salt Lake Nature Center's Wetlands Classrooms. The Rookery Was an Eagle Scout Project and Has Been a Very Successful Heron Nesting Place.
Photo by Charles Uibel, (c) 2007.

Public opinion surveys suggest that most Utah citizens are unaware of the many functions and values that wetlands provide. One way to increase citizen knowledge and participation in wetland conservation activities is to create opportunities for people to experience wetlands first hand.

Not only are most of Utah's remaining wetlands located along the Wasatch front, so is 80% of Utah's population. Expanding urban areas are rapidly encroaching on northern Utah's remaining wetlands. Farmington Bay WMA, located on the southeast shore of the Great Salt Lake, is uniquely situated to tell the story of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and its relationship to nearby human development

Despite its urban proximity, Farmington Bay is teeming with wildlife, plant life, and diverse geographical features. Recognizing this unique opportunity for wetlands education, a remarkable public-private partnership has developed between the Davis School District Foundation, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Great Salt Lake Interpretive Trust, and various local industries and businesses to establish the Nature Center at Farmington Bay.

Located in the heart of the wetlands ecosystem, the Nature Center provides wetlands classrooms where teachers and students can experience hands-on learning. Here, students can explore the varied uses and characteristics of the Lake, its wildlife and wetlands, and the potential for sustained coexistence between the natural and man-made worlds.

Community support and participation are key to the success of the Learning Center programs and future growth. To learn more about training opportunities for Teachers and Naturalists, click here.

To learn more about fund-raising efforts and the need for financial support, click here.

The Great Salt Lake is an under-appreciated resource, but the price of continuing to discount its value is the eventual loss of quality of life along Utah's Wasatch Front. Educating Utah's citizens, school children, and tourists about the importance of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem provides the best long-term opportunity to protect this life sustaining natural resource.

Running fieldtrip three to four days per week, the Nature Center now hosts approximately 10,000 students annually. In order to meet the demand for greater visitation, the Nature Center is currently seeking more people who would like to volunteer as naturalists to help run educational activities at the site.There are also internship opportunities available for university students at the site.

Total annual visitation to Farmington Bay WMA is now approximately 80,000 visitors per year, with peak visitation occurring during the annual Bald Eagle migration period of January and February. Long term plans call for the construction of a 14,000 square foot visitor and education center to provide both overview and in-depth learning opportunities for the full spectrum of visitors and needs.