James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center - Bear River Bird Refuge
The Bear River Bird Refuge Visitors Center offers visitors young and old the opportunity to learn the importance of wetland environments. As you enter the visitors center you will be treated with a mural of bird species that can be found living or visiting the Bear River Bird Refuge.
The center was designed to provide environmental education and focuses on young visitors. For example each child is given a "Search The Marsh" work sheet which helps the child identify different species of birds, bird tracks, eggs, wetland plants and more. Although this work sheet was designed for the kids, I had a great time learning about the wetlands as well.
The center offers a simulated board walk that gives you a small example of the wetland environment, and as you walk the board walk, be sure to listen closely to the bird sounds, and try to identify the various types.
Outside the center, visitors can enter a unique structure designed to amplify the sounds of the wetlands. Listen close to the Chorus Frogs, American Coots, Canadian Geese and more. After wrapping up at the visitors center, drive approx fifteen miles west, and visit the actual Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Take what you have learned in the center to the field, and see how you do.
Driving Directions: From Salt Lake City travel north on Interstate 15 to the Forest Street exit (Exit 366) in Brigham City, and drive west approximately 1 mile.