ONC Green Buildings

The Visitor Center


Constructed in 1994, the Visitor Center houses the Nest Gift Shop, a Discovery Room full of nature exhibits, and administrative offices for the Ogden Nature Center.

The building itself is an example of environmentally friendly design.  Planned to fit in with its natural surroundings, the building is situated among gardens and ponds which provide habitat for many insects, birds and small animals.

The building has a unique "living roof" which helps absorb heat and minimize impact on the microclimate and habitat.  The roof helps prevent rainwater runoff to reduce erosion.  In winter the vegetation holds snow in place which serves as insulation, and in the summer the water used to irrigate the roof helps cool the building.

The Visitor Center is made of recycled Douglas Fir and Redwood timbers that were once used in a 12-mile railroad trestle called the Lucin Cutoff that carried trains across the Great Salt Lake from 1904 to the late 1950s.

The kitchen and restrooms feature natural linoleum flooring made of linseed oil, sawdust and jute fibers manufactured in an earth-friendly process. 

The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-4.

The L. S. Peery Education Center

exteriorofficewingConstructed in 2004, The L. S. Peery Education Center is a 7,100 sq. ft. green building with classrooms, teacher preparation areas and volunteer space for the Nature Center’s extensive nature education programming.

The L.S. Peery Education Center is a model of sustainable and energy efficient design. Planned as an extension of its natural setting, the building uses a variety of materials and systems to demonstrate effective and attractive strategies of good environmental design.

The building takes advantage of the free energy of nature through thedaylighting, passive heating, and natural ventilation strategiesassisted by a solar chimney.

Like the adjacent Visitor Center, the Education Center uses salvagedtimbers and wood siding from the historic Lucin Cutoff, a 20-mile longrail trestle that formerly crossed the Great Salt Lake at a point8-miles directly west of the Nature Center.

Locally and organically grown straw bales are used in many of theexterior walls, protected by earthern plaster derived from local soils.Other unique materials include insulation from recycled blue jeans andnewspaper, cabinets constructed of panels made of sunflower seed shellsand wheat, and carpet constructed of recycled fiber.

Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour and learn more from ourinterpretive signs inside the building. Open during regular NatureCenter hours: Monday through Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-4.