Preserve & EcoCenter

Swaner Preserve

Social Events at the EcoCenter

The Swaner Preserve protects more than 1,200 acres of breathtaking open space, numerous streams, and diverse wildlife habitat that spans both sides of Interstate 80. The northern property offers an extensive recreational trail system for hikers, bikers, snowshoers, birdwatchers and photographers. Just below its headwaters, East Canyon Creek flows through the Preserve on its journey to the Great Salt Lake, past the Old Stone House that the Swaner family still calls home.

The southern property consists of a historic farm and hundreds of acres of fragile wetland habitat supporting an abundance of wildlife including deer, elk, moose, mink, beaver, red fox, coyote, eagles and hawks, sandhill cranes, and more than 90 additional species of birds. The Preserve is actively managed for wildlife, recreation, water quality and inspiration – a symbol of nature’s intrinsic right simply to exist.

Introducing the Greenest Building in Utah.

The Swaner EcoCenter is a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility designed to meet LEED’s highest standards for green building. The EcoCenter experience elevates visitors’ awareness of local and global environmental issues and promotes an informed respect for the natural world.


We host community events, youth programs, lecture and film series, private parties and more. Visitors will enjoy engaging exhibits, an innovative theater,  interactive climbing wall, a naturalist’s room,  400-foot pier extending into the Preserve, two spacious decks, and a four-story observation tower with wildlife spotting scopes.

The EcoCenter promises to become a stage for local, national and global environmental messages and a place that inspires and empowers all who visit.  Play this time lapse video and watch the Swaner EcoCenter come to life.

For a printable version of the Swaner EcoCenter Green Building Tour, click here.

EcoCenter Construction Time-lapse Video

“Nature is revealed in the simplest meadow, woodlot, marsh, stream or tidepool as well as in the remote grandeur of our parks and wilderness areas.”
~ Ansel Adams