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January 28, 2019

Wheeler Outdoor Education Center Groundbreaking

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Murray, UT – Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation is celebrating the kickoff of construction for a new Outdoor Education Center at Wheeler Historic Farm, located at 6351 South 900 East in Murray, this Wednesday, January 30 at 10:30 am. 

The new 6,315 square-foot facility will be staffed and operated jointly by Salt Lake County and Utah State University Extension to connect more children and adults to nature and provide increased access to educational opportunities.

“As Salt Lake County continues to become more urbanized, this new Outdoor Education Center will allow people to unplug, learn and experience the wonder of nature,” said Salt Lake County Mayor-elect Jenny Wilson. “This is a great addition to the farm and I am confident this will have a positive impact on thousands of Salt Lake County residents for decades to come.”

The building will include a teaching space where programming will include: immersive nature walks, learning opportunities about current and historic farming practices, horticulture, livestock management, watershed science, urban forestry, and volunteer opportunities to encourage community involvement.

“We are thrilled about this partnership and the new building,” said Andree’ Walker Bravo, Urban Director for Utah State University Extension.  “The synergy between our organizations will provide greater access to our existing programs and open up many place-based learning opportunities for children and adults alike.”

Wheeler Historic Farm hosts approximately 450,000 visitors a year and Utah State University Extension currently hosts hundreds of youth and adults in its agriculture and food education classes at the farm. The new Outdoor Education Center will allow the partnership to greatly expand programs and host thousands more interested participants.

The $2.6 million dollar project is made possible by Salt Lake County residents through the 2016 Parks and Recreation Bond and through charitable donations. The building has been designed by AJC Architects and is being constructed by Ascent Construction with anticipated completion this fall.