This Summer: Jordan River Mobile Nature Center

Get ready to see the Jordan River like never before! Our educators are bringing fun activities to parks along the Jordan River all summer long. 

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How Can You Help? Volunteer with the Jordan River Nature Center

Our educators are offering programs up and down the Jordan River this summer, connecting residents with the river, its ecology, and life that depends upon it! You can help by applying to volunteer alongside us. We are currently seeking education assistant volunteers. In this role, volunteers will help carry supplies during a program and assist in keeping a group together on the Jordan River trail. Experience in education or communication, river ecology, and environmental education is preferred, but not required.  Click the link below to submit your application.

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Coming Soon: Tracy Aviary's Jordan River Nature Center!

Tracy Aviary staff and board at Nature Center press eventTracy Aviary staff and board members attend a press event announcing the Jordan River Nature Center.

A new story begins...

Tracy Aviary is excited to announce that we will be opening a second location: the Jordan River Nature Center! Located at 1100 West on 3300 South in South Salt Lake, the Nature Center will activate land that was previously James Madison Park as a community resource to connect people with the Jordan River.

Nature Center Press Event Ben McAdamsSalt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams speaks at the press event announcing the Jordan River Nature Center.

We are happy and appreciative to have the support of the Jordan River Commission, the Utah State Legislature, Salt Lake County, and South Salt Lake in this endeavor. The Jordan River Nature Center will be a multi-million dollar facility, full of opportunities for both active recreation and quiet reflection in nature.

Jordan River Nature Center Phase 2 rendering aerial view

Starting This Fall!

As we raise funds for our full facility, we are building a transitional Jordan River Nature Center campus in Fall 2019. This campus will have a classroom building and a bike rental station. The classroom will be a community meeting space and provide our educators with an on-site headquarters from which to offer engaging nature programs. The bike rental station will make it easy for families to go for a ride on the Jordan River Parkway Trail—no need to maintain and haul your own bikes!

Rendering of transitional campus of Tracy Aviary's Jordan River Nature Center

Private Programs for Your Community Organization

We are partnering with community organizations to provide educational programming focused on the Jordan River in cities along the entire Jordan River corridor. This programming is offered free thanks to funding from the Utah State Legislature provided to us through the Jordan River Commission. Organizations interested in partnering with us to bring Jordan River programming to their community may fill out a program request form here or contact Anne Terry at .

DSC 0220Nature walks like this one are just one of many Jordan River-focused programs we are offering to our community organization partners.

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We're excited to announce plans for a second campus to be located where James Madison Park is now in South Salt Lake City. The new Jordan River Nature Center, in partnership with Salt Lake County and South Salt Lake, has been a strategic goal of the Aviary’s for 4 to 5 years. A second campus adjacent to the Jordan River will allow us to further our mission of education and conservation and greatly increase our capacity to serve the public. 

Our goal is to have a transition campus in place by spring of 2019, where we'll connect people to nature with bird walks, wildlife watching, conservation programs, classes, educational spaces, and bike rentals. The transitional area will make way for our grander plan of connecting people to nature with active recreation like ropes courses, zip lines, climbing walls, canoe rentals, bike rentals along with our signature habitat providing landscaping. 

You can imagine a similar botanical beauty to our gardens at Tracy Aviary while learning about the surrounding nature at Jordan Parkway. Our staff will be readily available for nature walks and children's educational programs, encouraging kids to step outside and explore the world around them. These tours will expand our existing year-round Nature in The City Program, but provide more flexibility with scheduling private outings, additional classes, camps, and programs for kids of all ages.

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Once you’re done exploring the park with your little ones, you can rent bikes or canoes, take a leisurely ride along the river, and go on a birdwatching tour. With many native migratory birds along the Jordan River and natural ecosystems, you could have easily missed these hidden gems before. "We're eager to showcase the allure of Salt Lake City by highlighting our environment and native birds to Utah with this new second location," Tim Brown, our CEO at Tracy Aviary, explained. 

The second location will complement our current buildings in Liberty Park, diversifying our reach and impact on the community. Now you can decide if you want to explore the nature center in South Salt Lake, the aviary in the heart of Salt Lake City, or both. 

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