Ogden Nature Center
The Ogden Nature Center is a 152-acre nature preserve in Ogden, Utah. Founded in 1975, it was Utah’s first nature center. Its mission is to unite people with nature and nurture appreciation and stewardship of the environment. Each year, the Ogden Nature Center brings more than 27,000 students, teachers, and adults together with nature through hands-on field classes. Groups ranging from school groups to community organizations often tour the center and observe nature. The habitat is home to many wild animals as well as several animals under the protection of specialists.
The center is open to the public for discovery and exploration.
Visitors enjoy meeting birds of prey, snakes, tortoises, salamanders and other native animal species. Outside there are picnic areas, tree houses, 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.
Some of their programs include:
- Classes in art, photography, birding, wildlife in Utah, outdoor recreation, conservation, sustainable practices, and more
- Summer nature camps
- Summer concerts
- Special community events throughout the year such as Earth Day Celebration, Fly with the Flock 5k Fun Run, Creatures of the Night
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities. Whether teaching a group of fourth graders about pond ecology or maintaining one of our many trails or gardens, over 600 people volunteer at the Ogden Nature Center annually.
How to Get Involved with Ogden Nature Center?
Volunteer at the Visitor Center
The Nature Center sometimes needs volunteers to help their Visitor Services staff answer phones, keep the gift shop tidy, help with small clerical duties and more between the hours and 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturdays.
Educate School-aged Children
Education is a major focus of the Ogden Nature Center. WSU students help our teacher/naturalists conduct environmental education programs for school-aged children. Tours generally last for two hours and are held during either the mornings or afternoons. Lead groups, tell stories, teach fundamental science, and more. Training will be provided at the beginning of each month. All you need is a love of the outdoors, children, and willingness to help in all weather conditions. Two hour orientations are required for potential student instructors.
Join the Community Engaged Leaders Program
Ogden Nature Center is one of the organizations served under the WSU Community Engaged Leaders program. The Community Engaged Leaders Ogden Nature Center program recruits student volunteers for Ogden Nature Center programs and events. Community Engaged Leaders is a student-run community service program, and is part of WSUSA. It is comprised of a VP of Service, an Assistant Director, 4 Directors and 16 Chairs. These student leaders are responsible for promoting community service within the student body, and they make community service opportunities accessible to students. You can apply to become the chair for any of the service leadership positions, including Ogden Nature Center chair, during early spring semester. Becoming a chair or volunteering with the Ogden Nature Center is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. Learn more about the Community Engaged Leaders Ogden Nature Center program.
New volunteers will need to do one of three things:
- Attend a volunteer orientation, held on certain Saturdays of each month (call for the next orientation)
- Fill out the volunteer interest form online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org
- Contact the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-621-7595 for more information.
966 W. 12th Street
Ogden, UT 84404
2113 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2113