Tracy Aviary to Build New Nature Center in Salt Lake County

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.