Over the decades, Park City has developed into a thriving recreational and cultural destination, attracting world-class athletes, artists, filmmakers, and adventurers alike. What visitors often overlook is the robust community of living plants and animals that make up the diverse ecosystem. In addition to ski jumps, theaters, museums, and art galleries, nature enthusiasts can explore Park City’s rich plants and wildlife at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.
Swaner is located at Newpark Town Center in Kimball Junction. With 1,200 acres of wetland preserve and 10 miles of trails to explore, many would be surprised to learn just how expansive Swaner really is. The EcoCenter features interactive exhibits about the surrounding environment, weekly nature tours, wildlife viewing opportunities, summer camps, environmental education for children and adults, evening lecture series, and a gift shop with local and eco-friendly art. Guests are encouraged to take a stroll down their 400 foot pier into The Preserve, or venture up the four-story tower to survey the wildlife.
The current EcoCenter exhibit is “The Art and Science of Arachnids.” Explore the largest arachnid exhibit in the United States and discover the connections between arachnids and literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history. The Art and Science of Arachnids features 100 live arachnids and exciting hands-on activities, experiments, and play.
Swaner is more than a fun stop in your itinerary. The mission is to preserve the land and the human connection to the natural landscape, educate the local and broader communities of the value of nature, and nurture both the ecosystem and the people connected with it. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful resource serving our community, educating locals and visitors alike, and protecting our open space. Make this part of your next visit to Park City!