Ogden Nature Center
Beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020, the Ogden Nature Center trails and restrooms in the Visitor Center will be open Monday-Friday, from 9 am – 3 pm. The Nature Center will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays for now. The Nature Center’s phased approach to re-opening is intended to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers. The Ogden Nature Center asks that visitors please park in the dirt parking lot and walk one-way down Birdhouse Trail to the Visitor Center. All visitors must check in at the Visitor Center front desk to receive guidelines to visit. The Ogden Nature Center is taking extra precautions to ensure safe social distancing and is encouraging all visitors to wear face masks during visits.
The Ogden Nature Center is a 152-acre nature preserve and education center. Founded in 1975 as Utah’s first nature center, the Ogden Nature Center is a place where people go to enjoy and learn about the natural world.
The Ogden Nature Center’s mission is to unite people with nature and nurture appreciation and stewardship of the environment.
The 152-acre preserve is our foundation, but education is our focus. Each year the Ogden Nature Center brings more than 50,000 children, teachers, and adults together with nature through hands-on field classes. Participants in our education programs, both for school groups and for the community, observe and learn about plants and animals up-close, discovering the pleasure of being in nature and realizing their own connection to the environment. We also take learning on the road state-wide to first grade students, through Utah’s iSEE program.
Open to All
The center is open to the public for discovery and exploration. Visitors enjoy meeting bird of prey, snakes, tortoises, salamanders and other native animal species. Outside there are picnic areas, treehouses, bird blinds, a spotting tower and 1.5 miles of walking trails. The Nature Center boasts two of Utah’s greenest buildings, with hands-on nature exhibits and a unique gift store.
More Ways to Experience Nature
The Ogden Nature Center offers a wide variety of community programs for all ages including art, photography, birding, wildlife in Utah, outdoor recreation, conservation, sustainable practices and more. During the summer, week-long nature camps are taught by our team of teacher/naturalists. Several community events are held each year including an Earth Day Celebration and Creatures of the Night at Halloween.