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    Ever wonder what it would be like to live like a mouse? Crawl underground and check it out! The human-size Mouse Hole is just off Meadowlark Trail and is a fun place to stop on your way to or from the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Picnic Grove.

    Mouse Hole

    Mouse Hole

    Ever wonder what it would be like to live like a mouse? Crawl underground and check it out! The human-size Mouse Hole is just off Meadowlark Trail and is a fun place to stop on your way to or from the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Picnic Grove.

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    Located at the northwest end of the parking lot, the Forest Service Kiosk is situated to offer beautiful views of Ben Lomond Peak and the surrounding mountains. The kiosk is part of the U.S. Forest Service’s Watchable Wildlife tour. It provides tips for viewing wildlife and teaches us how humans can

    U.S. Forest Service Watchable Wildlife Kiosk

    U.S. Forest Service Watchable Wildlife Kiosk

    Located at the northwest end of the parking lot, the Forest Service Kiosk is situated to offer beautiful views of Ben Lomond Peak and the surrounding mountains. The kiosk is part of the U.S. Forest Service’s Watchable Wildlife tour. It provides tips for viewing wildlife and teaches us how humans can impact natural ecosystems.

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    Stroll along Birdhouse Trail from the main parking lot to the Visitor Center (.12 mi.) This charming trail boasts over 100 creatively designed birdhouses and birdfeeders. The birdhouses are unique examples of both form and function. Every spring the Ogden Nature Center and the Utah Arts Council spon

    Birdhouse Trail

    Birdhouse Trail

    Stroll along Birdhouse Trail from the main parking lot to the Visitor Center (.12 mi.) This charming trail boasts over 100 creatively designed birdhouses and birdfeeders. The birdhouses are unique examples of both form and function. Every spring the Ogden Nature Center and the Utah Arts Council sponsor a Birdhouse Competition and exhibit. Many of the birdhouses become part of our permanent collection each year.

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    Constructed using environmentally friendly building practices, the Visitor Center combines reclaimed wood from the Lucin Cutoff trestle in the Great Salt Lake, a living sod roof to reduce heat absorption and minimize impact on the microclimate and human/wildlife habitat. Inside you’ll see a multitud

    Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    Constructed using environmentally friendly building practices, the Visitor Center combines reclaimed wood from the Lucin Cutoff trestle in the Great Salt Lake, a living sod roof to reduce heat absorption and minimize impact on the microclimate and human/wildlife habitat. Inside you’ll see a multitude of “green” materials like carpet made from recycled plastics and paints, stains and glues that do not emit toxic fumes. The Visitor Center houses our administrative offices, the Nest Gift Shop, and the Discovery Room which is full of seasonal nature exhibits.

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    Learn how to tell time by using the sun and your own shadow! The sundial was created by Dale Bryner and Bob Neill and is fun for all ages. Located just west of the L.S.Peery Education Center.

    Sundial

    Sundial

    Learn how to tell time by using the sun and your own shadow! The sundial was created by Dale Bryner and Bob Neill and is fun for all ages. Located just west of the L.S.Peery Education Center.

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    Completed in 2004, the Education Center illustrates sustainable alternative building products and is a beautiful example of passive solar design. In the Louis Scowcroft Peery Classroom Wing, view alternative insulation types such as shredded blue jeans, cellulose and straw bale walls. Check out the

    The L.S. Peery Education Center

    The L.S. Peery Education Center

    Completed in 2004, the Education Center illustrates sustainable alternative building products and is a beautiful example of passive solar design. In the Louis Scowcroft Peery Classroom Wing, view alternative insulation types such as shredded blue jeans, cellulose and straw bale walls. Check out the crushed sunflower seed hulls or pressed wheat chaff cabinetry, masonry made from fly ash (a by product of coal production), and the cooling tower that helps draw out the hot air during the summer. Our Education Center is home base for our award-winning environmental education programs. When class is not in session, visitors are welcome to observe resident spiders and snakes and to check out the interactive exhibits in the classrooms.

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    A short walk southeast of the L.S. Peery Education Center will bring you to Arrowhead Pond. Shorebirds such as cormorants, ducks and herons have been spotted here. A bird blind provides a place to quietly view pond dwellers without disturbing the wildlife. Kids will love to watch the Painted Turtles

    Arrowhead Pond

    Arrowhead Pond

    A short walk southeast of the L.S. Peery Education Center will bring you to Arrowhead Pond. Shorebirds such as cormorants, ducks and herons have been spotted here. A bird blind provides a place to quietly view pond dwellers without disturbing the wildlife. Kids will love to watch the Painted Turtles perch on logs and soak in the sun.

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    Located directly east of the Visitor Center and mews. Here you can peer into a pond from a water-level walkway. Try to find some of the many aquatic creatures that live in ponds, and be sure to look for tadpoles and frogs. A covered pavilion is close by to keep out the sun as you gather your student
    Katherine W. and Ezekiel Dumke, Jr. Tadpole Pond

    Katherine W. and Ezekiel Dumke, Jr. Tadpole Pond

    Located directly east of the Visitor Center and mews. Here you can peer into a pond from a water-level walkway. Try to find some of the many aquatic creatures that live in ponds, and be sure to look for tadpoles and frogs. A covered pavilion is close by to keep out the sun as you gather your students or family to talk about pond ecology.
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    Visit our resident birds of prey up close! All of the native Utah birds who reside here cannot survive in the wild because of their injuries, or because they were raised by people and don’t know how to take care of themselves. Meet a Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, Golden Eagle,

    E. Hugh and Beth Peck Ford Mews

    E. Hugh and Beth Peck Ford Mews

    Visit our resident birds of prey up close! All of the native Utah birds who reside here cannot survive in the wild because of their injuries, or because they were raised by people and don’t know how to take care of themselves. Meet a Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, Bald Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Northern Goshawk and other birds.

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    Want to see where a bear might live? If you do, climb through the human-size Bear Den to experience what it must be like during hibernation. Bears don’t live at Ogden Nature Center, but children and visitors enjoy this playful and educational experience. The Bear Den is located on the east side of H
    Bear Den

    Bear Den

    Want to see where a bear might live? If you do, climb through the human-size Bear Den to experience what it must be like during hibernation. Bears don’t live at Ogden Nature Center, but children and visitors enjoy this playful and educational experience. The Bear Den is located on the east side of Habitat Trail.
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    Follow this path for a self-guided, interpretive trail marked with specific points of interest. Each point provides an introduction to different habitats at the Nature Center – aquatic, riparian, upland and wetland. At each stop, take a moment to observe the environment around you. If you are quiet,
    Habitat Trail

    Habitat Trail

    Follow this path for a self-guided, interpretive trail marked with specific points of interest. Each point provides an introduction to different habitats at the Nature Center – aquatic, riparian, upland and wetland. At each stop, take a moment to observe the environment around you. If you are quiet, patient and watch carefully, you may observe some of the many residents that live in these habitats.
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    North of the Visitor Center, Teal Pond combines aquatic and riparian habitats. The combination creates a wetland – an area covered with water all or part of the year. Be very still upon approach and you just might see Mosquito Fish, Green Sunfish and Western Painted Turtles. Pelicans like to stop he
    Teal Pond

    Teal Pond

    North of the Visitor Center, Teal Pond combines aquatic and riparian habitats. The combination creates a wetland – an area covered with water all or part of the year. Be very still upon approach and you just might see Mosquito Fish, Green Sunfish and Western Painted Turtles. Pelicans like to stop here during their migration and you’re sure to see Mallards and other duck on Teal Pond. Look for tracks and scat left by deer, raccoons, muskrats, pheasants and quail.
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    Get a treetop vantage point for viewing wildlife and the Wasatch Mountains. Through the spotting scope you might see nesting Avocets, Canada Geese, or even a fox hunting for mice and pheasants. In the field to the north of the tower, Jack Rensel and Paul Christiansen from the Division of Wildlife Re
    Willard L. Eccles Observation Tower at Avocet Pond

    Willard L. Eccles Observation Tower at Avocet Pond

    Get a treetop vantage point for viewing wildlife and the Wasatch Mountains. Through the spotting scope you might see nesting Avocets, Canada Geese, or even a fox hunting for mice and pheasants. In the field to the north of the tower, Jack Rensel and Paul Christiansen from the Division of Wildlife Resources built a Burrowing Owl den, in hopes that someday these ground dwelling owls might decide to move in. The plowed field to the northwest of the tower is a food plot for wildlife. Keep an eye out for visiting Canada Geese or even Sandhill Cranes. The Observation Tower is .35 mi. from the Visitor Center, via Teal Pond.
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    Take the east trail and curve around to the west to find Blackbird Pond. This is a great spot to view birds, turtles and maybe even Wood Ducks. A beautiful view of Ben Lomond can be seen from the north end of Blackbird Pond. Continue on the path to the northwest to visit the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna
    Blackbird Pond

    Blackbird Pond

    Take the east trail and curve around to the west to find Blackbird Pond. This is a great spot to view birds, turtles and maybe even Wood Ducks. A beautiful view of Ben Lomond can be seen from the north end of Blackbird Pond. Continue on the path to the northwest to visit the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Picnic Grove.
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    Located at the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Picnic Grove, this large pavilion provides a shaded venue for group gatherings. With picnic table seating for up to 100 people, the pavilion offers a unique setting for business meetings, birthday parties and large events. Restroom facilities are a
    Picnic Grove Pavilion

    Picnic Grove Pavilion

    Located at the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Picnic Grove, this large pavilion provides a shaded venue for group gatherings. With picnic table seating for up to 100 people, the pavilion offers a unique setting for business meetings, birthday parties and large events. Restroom facilities are available at the site. For rental information, please contact the Nature Center’s front desk at 621-7595.
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    Walk or roll up the handicap accessible ramp that winds around the Tree house for a great view of the Wasatch Mountains. Stairs take you to the top floor where high-powered binoculars give you a closer view of the fields and woods of the Nature Center. Constructed from Douglas fir poles reclaimed fr
    Tree house at Dumke Picnic Grove

    Tree house at Dumke Picnic Grove

    Walk or roll up the handicap accessible ramp that winds around the Tree house for a great view of the Wasatch Mountains. Stairs take you to the top floor where high-powered binoculars give you a closer view of the fields and woods of the Nature Center. Constructed from Douglas fir poles reclaimed from Union Pacific’s Luncin Cutoff trestle over the Great Salt Lake, and boards made from wood and recycled plastic, the Tree house is a great place to have lunch. Kids love to play here.
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    The Dumke Picnic Grove is a favorite destination for young and old alike. Walk quietly along Meadowlark Trail (.64 mi.) to the picnic grove and you might see deer, ducks or fox along the way. Relax in a shaded retreat from the sun and enjoy the large Box Elder and Cottonwood trees, campfire ring, pi

    The Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Picnic Grove

    The Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Picnic Grove

    The Dumke Picnic Grove is a favorite destination for young and old alike. Walk quietly along Meadowlark Trail (.64 mi.) to the picnic grove and you might see deer, ducks or fox along the way. Relax in a shaded retreat from the sun and enjoy the large Box Elder and Cottonwood trees, campfire ring, picnic pavilion, restrooms and two tree houses.

  • Mouse Hole
  • U.S. Forest Service Watchable Wildlife Kiosk
  • Birdhouse Trail
  • Visitor Center
  • Sundial
  • The L.S. Peery Education Center
  • Arrowhead Pond
  • Katherine W. and Ezekiel Dumke, Jr. Tadpole Pond
  • E. Hugh and Beth Peck Ford Mews
  • Bear Den
  • Habitat Trail
  • Teal Pond
  • Willard L. Eccles Observation Tower at Avocet Pond
  • Blackbird Pond
  • Picnic Grove Pavilion
  • Tree house at Dumke Picnic Grove
  • The Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Picnic Grove