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The Ogden Nature Center is a 152-acre nature preserve and education center. Our facilities provide spaces for meetings, classes, and special events.

  • The Ogden Nature Center provides a casual, yet beautiful natural setting for weddings, parties and meetings.
  • We are located in the heart of the city, but you will feel like you are miles away, with meadows, winding trails and stunning vistas all around.
  • The Nature Center offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate groups of different sizes.

Contact us to learn more about our rentals

Weddings

The Ogden Nature Center is pleased to offer its unique, outdoor settings for weddings and wedding parties. We offer outside options only for weddings with unparalleled natural vistas in the middle of town!

Scheduling

  • Outdoor spaces are available after business hours for weddings.
  • The available times include setup and cleanup.
  • Friday 4-10 PM
  • Saturday 3-10 PM
  • Sunday 9AM-7PM
  • Holidays that the Nature Center is closed

Rental Fee Includes:

  • 6 hours for setup, your ceremony, reception, and cleanup
  • ONC Security Guard
  • Two ONC Staff MembersUse of our picnic tables
  • Use of Visitor Center restrooms, kitchen and Discovery Room
  • Gift shop and lobby will be open for your guests
  • Use of grounds for bridal photos by prior arrangement if not during the hours reserved for the wedding
  • All cleanup, band equipment, etc. must be removed no later than 10 PM on the day of the event. The security of any items delivered prior to reserved time is not ensured.

Available Locations

  • Lawn behind Visitor Center
  • In front of the Visitor Center for small gatherings
  • Picnic Grove
  • LS Perry Education Center Pavillion

ONC requires that you use an approved caterer from our list:

  • Roosters
  • Union Grill
  • Jeremiahs
  • Peddlers Catering
  • Bistro 258
  • Sonora Grill

Renter Responsibilities

  • Note: there is NO RAIN PLAN at ONC. Your wedding party is responsible for rental of tents, canopies, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Picnic table setup and moving
  • Removal of all food and decorations after the weddin
  • Remove your trash—make arrangements with your caterer
  • NO SMOKING is allowed anywhere on the grounds or in the building.
  • Please make sure your guests DO NOT DISTURB the wildlife
  • NO PETS are allowed at any time. (Service animals are always welcome, but must stay away from the mews. All service animals must be leashed.)
  • Children must be supervised at all times
  • A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE is required naming ONC as additional insured for the event due two weeks before the eventIf alcohol is to be served, a licensed bartender must be present
  • No lit flames are allowed. Please use battery operated candles if candles are desired.

Things to know:

  • There are not private rooms available for the bridal party to prepare for the wedding. However, the Discovery Room can be used for such a purpose.
  • There is limited outdoor lighting. You should be prepared to provide lighting should your wedding and/or reception be planned for after dark.
  • Parking is approximately 800 to 1000 feet from the Visitor Center. There is one handicap parking stall near the Visitor Center, and room for two additional vehicles.
  • It is highly suggested that you rent a canopy for your wedding. There is not enough indoor space should the weather turn bad. 
  • We recommend Diamond Rental (LINK) as they are familiar with the property.

Fees

  • $2,000 for a maximum of 150 people, plus $500 refundable damage deposit.
  • Damage includes stains to carpet or flooring; damage to walls; anything that requires cleaning up (e.g. broken glass, trash, garbage); damage to parking lot plantings, etc.
  • $250 reservation deposit due at time of reservation (non-refundable & will be applied to rental)
  • Balance due no later than two weeks before reservation
  • $100 each 15 minutes for delays past 10 PM – or on Sunday, past 7 PM

Birthday Parties

Is your child a nature lover or animal lover?

Birthday Parties at the Nature Center include:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • 2 hour rental of the discovery room for 20 people (includes kids & adults)
  • Available on Saturdays from 10am -12pm or 1pm to 3pm (includes set-up and clean-up time)
  • An ONC host for 1 hour that will provide a short walk, story or game (your choice), and a 15 minute animal presentation (snake, rabbit, or tortoise)
  • Birthday gift for the child
  • Nature related party favor for each child attending

Cost

  • $145 for non-members up to 20 people

  • $125 for nature center members

  • $5 for each additional child or adults more than 20 people

Extra Services (available for an additional fee)

  • $100 for a 15-minute presentation with either a hawk or an owl. By special arrangement only.
  • $15 for an extra animal (snake or tortoise)

The entire balance is due at the time of reservation. A $50 damage deposit check will be collected on the day of the party. If there are no damages, the check will be shredded.

No refund will be offered if the party is cancelled less than one week prior to the date of the event.

Renter Responsibilities

  • Rentals are responsible for providing all decorations, food and beverages
  • Renters are responsible for the set-up and clean-up of their event. This includes removing off site all personal items, decorations, food and garbage.
  • No smoking inside or out!
  • Do not distrub the wildlife
  • No pets (service animals are welcome)

LS Peery Education Center

Location and Capacity

The Education Center is ideal for larger parties and other events (max. 100 people--business events only/no private parties).

Scheduling

  • Rooms in the Education Center are available weekday evenings from 4 pm - 9 pm and Saturdays, 9 am - 9 pm. 
  • Some weekday days (during business hours) maybe available. 
  • Please call for scheduling questions, 621-7595. 

Available Spaces

  • Lobby - 504 sq ft (Banquet style up to 20 people)
  • East Classroom - 604 sq ft (Banquet style up to 50 people)
  • West Classroom - 693 sq ft (Banquet style up to 50 people)
  • The East and West classrooms can be opened to one large space 
  • Includes kitchen and restroom facilities, eight - 5' tables and up to 60 chairs.
  • Renter provides all table linens, decorations etc. 

Fees for Business Events

For East and/or West Classrooms at the LS Peery Education Center:

  • $25 per hour / up to 50 people
  • $125 per hour / up to 100 people
  • $150 refundable damage deposit
  • $50 non-refundable reservation deposit (applied to rental fees) 

For Lobby Space or Conference Room at LS Peery Education Center:

  • $25 per hour
  • $25 refundable damage deposit
  • $25 non-refundable reservation deposit (applied to rental fees) 

Fees for Business Meetings

  • $25 an hour
  • $35 each hour after ONC business hours
  • $25 non-refundable reservation deposit required
  • $50 refundable damage deposit

Other Fees:

  • $250 fee for alcohol
  • If ONC classroom materials need to be removed, a $100 fee is applicable

Visitor Center

Location and Capacity

The Discovery Room, located inside our Visitor Center, is ideal for smaller parties and business meetings.

Scheduling

  • The Discovery Room is available Monday - Friday, 9 am -4 pm & Saturdays, 9 am -3 pm. 
  • For an additional fee, the room is available after hours and until 9 pm.

Available Spaces

  • Seats up to 40 people (theatre style)
  • Seats up to 24 people (classroom style)
  • Seats up to 20 people (banquet style)
  • Includes restrooms, kitchen facilities, pull down screen with room darkening shades, eight, 6' tables and up to 30 chairs.
  • An LCD projector is available for $25.

*Please call 801-621-7595 for availability.*

Fees for Business Meetings

  • $25 an hour
  • $25 non-refundable reservation deposit required
  • $50 refundable damage deposit 

Fees for Small Parties and Events

  • $25 per hour during ONC business hours
  • $60 per hour after ONC business hours
  • $50 refundable damage deposit
  • $25 non-refundable reservation deposit (applied to rental fees) 

Other Fees:

  • $250 fee for alcohol
  • If ONC classroom materials need to be removed, a $100 fee is applicable

Dumke Picnic Grove

Location and Capacity

The Dumke Picnic Grove is located in the Northwest corner ofthe nature preserve. This quiet area is covered by large Box Elder and Cottonwood trees with additional shade offered by a covered, picnic pavilion which seats 75 people. The Grove features restroom facilities, a sink and two tree houses. A near-by parking lot is accessed via Business Depot Ogden. Limited availability - Nature Center summer camps take precedence.

Scheduling

Dumke Picnic Grove is available for rent May through October (contingent upon weather) and during regular business hours, Monday- Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, Saturday, 9 am- 3 pm. 

Fees

  • $25 per hour / up to 50 people
  • $50 per hour /  51-150 people
  • $100 extra for rentals after regular business hours
  • $25 non-refundable reservation fee (to be applied to the rental fee)
  • $50 refundable damage deposit 

Other Fees:

  • $250 fee for alcohol

pdf Download the Driving Directions to Dumke Picnic Grove.

Picnic Areas

Location and Capacity

Close by the Visitor Center are two beautiful outdoor rental spaces:  the Visitor Center Back Yard (max. 150 people) and the Visitor Center East Side Area (max. 25 people).

Scheduling

The Visitor Center picnic areas are available for rent during regular business hours Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, and Saturday, 9 am - 3 pm, closed on Sundays.  

Fees

  • $25 an hour / up to 50 people
  • $50 an hour / 51-150 people
  • $100 extra for rentals after regular business hours
  • $25 non-refundable reservation fee ( to be applied to the rental fee )
  • $50 refundable damage deposit

Renter Responsibilities

  • Rentals are responsible for providing all decorations, food and beverages.
  • Renters are responsible for the set-up and clean-up of their event.This includes removing off site all personal items, decorations, food and garbage.
  • No smoking inside or out!
  • Do not distrub the wildlife.
  • No pets (service animals are welcome).

 

Virtual Tour

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.