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Great Salt Lake Nature Center

Getting involved

Community support and public participation are the keys

Volunteers in action

Read about a few nature center volunteer projects and contributions.

VOLUNTEERS MAKE truly valuable contributions with their time, labor and donations. Their participation helps ensure the success of the GSL Nature Center.

Become a trained naturalist and lead fieldtrips for kids or use your talents and skills in other projects. Whether you'd like to lend a helping hand or contribute monetarily, we'd appreciate it.

Become a volunteer naturalist

The nature center is looking for energetic, wildlife-loving people to inspire kids and the general public. By becoming a volunteer naturalist, you will learn and share information about migratory birds, wetlands and the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. No experience is necessary—just a genuine interest in the natural world and a desire to share that appreciation with kids. Volunteers are offered training so they can actively help grow the center's educational programs and events.


Clark Johnson installs scope mounts.

The training programs offered at the nature center provide naturalists and interns with:

  • background information about wetland ecosystems,
  • environmental education skills,
  • fun, hands-on activities for students,
  • the ability to actively participate with students during fieldtrips,
  • the opportunity to interact with other naturalists and educators interested in environmental education and wetland ecosystems and
  • the opportunity to teach site visitors about the importance of wetland ecosystems to the quality of life along the Wasatch Front.

Other volunteer opportunities

From graphic artwork development and sign making to woodworking and trail maintenance, the nature center can always use assistance in a variety of areas. Let's discuss your interests, specialties and talents so that you'll enjoy your time as a volunteer.

Download a PDF version of the volunteer application form/list of opportunities.

Financial contributions

Because visiting fees are not charged, the nature center relies entirely on donations to stay up and running. Please consider supporting the effort by making a contribution. Donations by cash or personal check can be made in person at the nature center or any DWR office. You can also make a donation online by visiting Utah Wildlife in Need Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Great Salt Lake Nature Center. All donations are tax deductible and will help keep the center and its programs expanding.

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Hours of operation

Tuesday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We're closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Occasional deviations to the above hours are noted on the wildlife calendar.