The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter has a brand new weekly program designed to introduce individuals to the pure world in Park City and its 2,000-acre protect.
The free 15-minute sessions, dubbed Swaner Shorts, begin at 2 p.m. each Friday, and canopy a distinct matter every week, stated Hunter Klingensmith, Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter customer expertise and exhibit supervisor.
“One of our big goals was to offer a casual opportunity for people to learn a little more about nature, and we have two naturalists on staff who are excited to talk about their favorite topics,” Klingensmith stated. “They will talk about things they are interested in and already have a lot of background knowledge in, but they are also doing additional research to build on that.”
Sessions will often begin in the EcoCenter’s Naturalist room, in accordance with Klingensmith.
“Sometimes we’ll meet outside, but that will depend on the day, the weather and what we’re going to be talking about,” she stated. “Our naturalists, Jess Oveson and Lexie Chamberlain, will come prepared with visuals and hands-on items to help participants learn about these different topics.”
The subjects will likely be posted a month in advance on the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter web site.
“We ask people to check out the schedule to see what topics are coming up, and we will post information about what types of shoes to wear and what to expect,” Klingensmith stated. “We want to make things as accessible to as many people as we can. So if it’s too muddy to walk out to the beaver dams, we will do some indoor activities.”
Last week the Swaner Short centered on owls.
“Lexie brought in photos of the different owls we can see in Park City,” Kligensmith stated. “She talked about their unique adaptations that help them as hunters, and how they can hear on different planes so they can pinpoint their prey.”
The group additionally listened to owl calls and tried to match them with the right owls, in accordance with Klingensmith.
“We have a taxidermied great horned owl here at the EcoCenter, so at the end of the session, we took the group to see it, so they would know what it looks like and what to look for,” she stated.
Upcoming subjects will embody beavers, snow, watershed and wetlands, Klingensmith stated.
“We will talk about ecology and plant species as well,” she stated.
During the snow brief, the hands-on section will embody studying layers of snow, Klingensmith stated.
“We will have a pre-dug pit and we will help people dig their own pit where we can see the different layers of snow,” she stated. “We’ll talk about different patterns of snowfall based on what we see in the pits.”
Although the sessions run quarter-hour, contributors can keep and speak extra with the naturalists afterwards, Klingensmith stated.
There isn’t any restrict on the variety of contributors in the sessions, though the Swaner workers recommends masks sporting, she stated.
“People can just show up and drop in, because no registration is required,” Klingensmith stated. “All of these sessions are free and family friendly, although not suitable for really young children. But we can adjust to fit the needs of the groups.”
Klingensmith has been tossing across the thought for Swaner Shorts for just a few months, and is grateful for Overson and Chamberlain, who picked up the mission.
“We work together to go over the topics to make sure they are ready to go and share their love of nature, but they were ready to take it on,” she stated. “We hope people will stop by and join us.”