Host your next event with us!

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).

 

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