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November 3, 2010
Congrats to the Ogden Nature Center!!
Ogden Nature Center receives Utah’s Green Business Award Ogden, UT – The Ogden Nature Center recently received a Utah Green Business Award from Utah Business Magazine. The Nature Center was specifically recognized for community initiatives that engage citizens and businesses to become more green.
“The green business awards celebrate Utah’s greenest companies, products and people. We are thrilled to be counted among the top organizations in Utah making strides in environmental sustainability,” said Brandi Bosworth, public relations coordinator for the center.
The Ogden Nature Center educates Utah residents about environmental sustainability through classes, workshops and events, and by modeling eco-friendly buildings and making use of renewable energy. For example, the Visitor Center was built in 1994 using recycled timbers from a local, abandoned railroad trestle. The center also has a “living roof” with vegetation that keeps the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The L.S. Peery Center Building incorporates unique building materials including straw bales in the exterior walls, insulation made from recycled denim and newspaper, cabinet panels created from sunflower hulls and bathroom stalls made from recycled milk cartons. The L.S. Peery Education Center also relies on on-demand water heaters, natural lighting and solar energy.
Along with demonstrating cutting-edge building practices, the Ogden Nature Center provides environmental education to more than 27,000 people each year. In a field trip program called “Utah’s Ecosystems” students learn about watersheds, wetlands, forests and deserts while exploring plant and animal life.
The Ogden Nature Center is a 152-acre nature preserve with 1.5 miles of easy walking trails, picnic areas, tree houses and a spotting tower. A main attraction at the Nature Center is its live exhibit of birds of prey and other native animal species that help to teach the citizens of Utah about wildlife and habitat protection.
The Ogden Nature Center was established as Utah’s first Nature Center in 1975 and continues to live its mission to unite people with nature and nurture appreciation and stewardship of the environment.
The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th Street in Ogden, Utah. For more information about the Ogden Nature Center, please visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595.