Swaner Nature Preserve and EcoCenter

Mission Statement
To Preserve the land and the human connection to the natural landscape, to Educate the local and broader communities about the value of nature, and to Nurture both the ecosystem and the people connected with it.
Founded in 1993 in memory of Leland S. Swaner, the Preserve encompasses over 1200 acres of critical habitat, including high altitude wet meadow and stream habitat, providing home to numerous animal and plant species. Swaner Nature Preserve provides Snyderville Basin with a breathtaking view shed, groundwater recharge, and avenue for environmental education. As a land trust, the land will be preserved in perpetuity.

Swaner Nature Preserve provides hands-on, interpretive learning experiences in areas such as ecology, botany, wildlife sciences, and land stewardship. Programs consist of both formal and informal experiential activities. Examples include providing outdoor field trips for Summit County’s 4th and 5th graders, informal morning nature walks, and a winter and summer lecture series. Our Nature Education Center will house museum caliber exhibits intended to educate and entertain all visitors to, and residents of, Utah. It will also be home to our expanding educational programming.

Through restoration projects, including improving stream corridors, planting native flora, and weed management, the Preserve is nurturing the land back to a healthy ecosystem. Our restoration plan, developed with public and private partnerships and with local community support, will increase the wetland values of the land, enhance wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and foster biodiversity.

Contact Swaner Nature Preserve and EcoCenter

Contact Swaner Nature Preserve and EcoCenter

Nell Larson
Director of Conservation
1258 Center Drive
Park City, Utah  84098
Phone: (435) 649-1767
Fax: (435) 797-8958


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Summit County, Utah