Proud to be part of the Mesowest weather network, the Environmental Center weather station provides current and historical weather data for the area click here . Mesowest is a University of Utah sponsored network of weather stations that provide weather data that assist forecasters and computer models with ground based real time weather information.
Spend some time at the sight adjusting the viewing parameters to see what happened here yesterday, last week, last month or last year. Check out other sites in Weber County and around the state. Mesowest is truly a valuable tool for those interested in weather in Utah and beyond.
A global network of Air Quality sampling stations allow you to see what the PM 2.5 level is in your area. Search for "Purple Air."
Near the Swanson's North Fork Environmental Center are two (8) stations,
Link to those stations to get a good idea what the air quality is at the Center and compare it to stations near your school.
Let's work together to see just what the air quality problem is and how we can reduce levels of harmful pollutants.
Things you can do:
Reduce vehicle idle time.
link your errands so you drive less.
When buying a vehicle consider fuel efficiency and zero emission vehicles as you make your choice.
If you have a wood burning stove replace it with a natural gas stove or clean burning wood stove. There are grants available to do just that. https://deq.utah.gov/air-quality/wood-stove-conversion-assistance-program
To schedule the center for the current school year, look through the "Day's Still Available" page. Find an open date or dates that suit your needs. Then call Roxie Sianez, 801-476-7877, at the District Office to get your date(s) reserved.
Scheduling for the next school year begins March 1 and is on a first come first served basis. Notification of next year's schedule is sent out to all applicants in May. After May 1st, check the "Days Still Open" page for available dates and then call Roxie Sianez, 801-476-7877 or to get your date(s) reserved. We are not taking reservations for any groups outside of the Weber School District at this time. Check back in October to see if that changes.
Field trips to the Center are all about helping kids have a powerful and fun learning experience. The Center is a place where students can be out in a mountain environment to see and feel the interactions there. It is a place where students can be challenged with fun and exciting activities they will remember for a lifetime.
Field trips also aim to build teamwork and cooperation and to allow students to discover new things about themselves and their abilities.
To accomplish these objectives we must limit the number of people at the Center at one time. Maximum group size target is 40 people. Absolute cut off is 60 people.
The Environmental Center has materials and equipment to help you engage your students during your time at the Center.
Below is a list of available materials:
USE GOOGLE MAPS. DO NOT USE MAPQUEST (it takes you to the wrong place)
Explore on your own:
Swanson's North Fork Environmental Center is dedicated to providing a safe outdoor experience for students K-12, helping them understand core curriculum. Consider it your destination field trip spot.
The Environmental Center will be a facility and a setting for all students to safely learn about the workings of nature, about themselves, and to build positive relationships with each other and the natural world.
Walk the half mile from the parking lot and leave the world of classrooms behind.
Prepare yourself along the way to be part of the natural world.
Experience the joy of learning in nature's laboratory.
Serving grades K-12 the Center provides a central lodge with kitchen and restroom facilities as well as two dorms that sleep a total of 76 people. In addition the cook will feed you well and the teacher/facilitator is there to see your stay is wonderful and worthwhile. Equipment for activities year round is available at the Center.
The Center provides a gem of a spot for a fine field trip, with fun and great memories, as well as reinforcing core concepts outlined in the Utah State Core Curriculum across many different subject areas.