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Great Salt Lake Nature Center

Welcome to the Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Center

Nature Center classrooms

Classrooms at the GSL Nature Center

UNIQUELY SITUATED in the heart of the Great Salt Lake wetlands eco­system, the nature center is a birder's paradise and a nature lover's haven. Explore a variety of wetland habitats as you walk or bike the trails that wind through the area. Head into the exhibit room for an up-close view of an array of birds, and visit the learning center to explore Farmington Bay plants and animals. The list goes on.

The nature center is located along the southeast shore of the Great Salt Lake, adjacent to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources' Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area (WMA). Up to five million birds of over 200 species visit Farmington Bay each year. Sixty of those bird species nest at Farmington Bay WMA, including Great Blue Herons, which nest in a unique man-made breeding colony that offers birding enthusiasts and others months of viewing opportunity. Download a PDF checklist of birds you may see in the area.

The Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Center is a place for education, discovery and enjoyment. We invite you to explore and find out what makes the Great Salt Lake ecosystem one of the most extraordinary natural features in North America. Whether you're a tadpole, a gander or even an old coot, you'll find something enjoyable to watch, listen to or learn about at the nature center.

Mission statement

To foster curiosity, understanding and pride in the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem among Utahns and the global community through world-class education and recreational opportunities.

Nesting season access restrictions

Nesting season at Farmington Bay WMA is from March 1 to September 15. Vehicle access is restricted to the main road, ending at Goose Egg Island. During this time visitors must stay on the dirt roads and trails at all times.

Dogs are not allowed at Farmington Bay WMA and the Nature Center during nesting season. From September 16 to February 28, dogs are allowed on the Nature Center trails, as long as they are leashed.

Horses are not permitted at any time, and fishing is never allowed.

See a PDF trail map of the Nature Center.

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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.

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