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Natures Ninjas

Nature's Ninjas
Feb 1 - April 28, 2019 | Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm | Thurs until 6

Discover how animals defend themselves against predators at Nature’s Ninjas, a new traveling exhibit at the Swaner EcoCenter. From porcupines to geckos, explore some of nature’s wildest defensive adaptations! Enjoy live animal shows during the exhibit and get up close and personal with some of nature’s most misunderstood animals.

Animal Show Schedule
10:30 am | 11:30 am | 1:30 pm | 2:30 pm | 3:30 pm

Free Days:
Saturday, March 23
Monday, April 22 - Open 3:30-7:30 pm for Earth Day Celebration

Open early dates for families with special needs
Sunday, April 14 - open at 9 am

Adults $9 | Children 3-12 $5 | 2 and under Free | Members Free


Exhibit Hall

Our engaging Main Exhibit Hall allows visitors of all ages to experience and explore the natural world. 

During the summer months (June to August) our original exhibits are in place where you can learn more about sustainable construction of the EcoCenter and the function of wetland ecosystems.

From September to May we open up the option for traveling exhibits.  See below for new and upcoming exhibits and for information about past traveling exhibits. 

EcoCenter Original Exhibits


In mid-April 2015 we housed "Utah Wilderness 50:  A Photographic Exhibition".  This exhibit featured 50 photographs that were selected through a juried process from more than 1,400 entries. All photos represent Utah public lands and reflect the spirit of the Wilderness Act of 1964.

Extra Youth & Family Activities

  • Utah Wilderness 50 Children's Photographic Experience: Borrow an iPad and head out on the Preserve to take your own landscape or wildlife photograph, then print your photo to take home.
  • Film screening in our Theater Room of "The Wilderness Act: 50th Anniversary", courtesy of Kontent Films.

Utah Wilderness 50


Thank you to our sponsors:

Susan and Dale Poulter Julie Monahan
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In November 2014 we installed, "Mountain Lion!  The Story of Pumas and People".  This exhibit blended science, history, and art to provide an in-depth look at Utah's most mysterious and elusive predator.

Extra Youth & Family Activities

  • See how you measure up to a cougar in the Mountain Lion Olympics.
  • Rotating crafts each month, including decorating your own track replica, creating a mountain lion mask, making a mountain lion pencil topper and more.

Mtn. Lion Exhibit 2015


Thank you to our sponsors:


The photography exhibition Endangered Landscapes presents over 50 of Rick Braveheart's full color, black & white, non-traditional and video art works of America's national lands. Featuring images captured over 400 days spent living alone within national parks, the exhibit highlights the beauty of more than two dozen locations from across the country. Rick has the unique distinction of serving as a twelve time artist-in-residence recipient from the National Park Service, received the Presidential 1,000 Points of Light Award for his work documenting our national lands. His work is found in numerous private, public and museum collections including the Smithsonian and National Park Service as well as various US Embassies.

Endangered Landscapes


Thank you to our sponsors:

Julie Monahan

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exhibit sponsors

Small Wonders: The Expansive World of Insects (April 1 - May 15, 2017) 

A new exhibition entitled “Small Wonders: The Expansive World of Insects” opens April 1st at the Swaner EcoCenter! Topics range from basic questions like “What is a bug?” to coverage of well-known Utah insects like the Mormon cricket and the bark beetle. The exhibition also highlights some insect species that capture our imaginations, such as fireflies and honeybees, and reveals the many ways that insects impact our lives. After all, insects are the most common life form on earth!

Small WondersNot only is this exhibit packed with information, there are a variety of beautiful specimens on display, and plenty of interactive and hands-on activities for the whole family.

The Grand Opening will feature some special opportunities such as a chance to meet live insects, create a critter craft, and even taste some of these creatures!

The exhibition was originally organized by the Utah State University Libraries and the USU Entomology Club.


Presented in partnership with: 




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Wild Encounters

Thank you to our sponsors: David Yarrow Photography, A Gallery, Michelle Brosnan and a grant from:

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The Art and Science of Arachnids (September 15 - December 9, 2018) 

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Sept. 15 - Dec. 9, 2018 | Wednesdays - Sundays

Explore the largest arachnid exhibit in the United States and discover the connections between arachnids and literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history. The Art and Science of Arachnids features 100 live arachnids and exciting hands-on activities, experiments, and play. During its time at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, this exhibit will be available to read and listen to in both Spanish and English!

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