Swaner EcoCenter

On today's program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Interim Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson and Planning Tech Makena Hawley. Connie Nelson, the Executive Director of the Alf Engen Ski Museum introduces us to two of the four inductees in this year's class at the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame. Nell Larson, director of Swaner EcoCenter talks about some of the center's upcoming events and Nate Vineyard, President of Slow Food Park City has the rundown for this year's Food and Film Weekend.

ON today's Local News Hour, host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Cheryl Fox with the Summit Land Conservancy about their summer programs. Park City council candidate Nann Worrel - the first one to file talks about why she's running for one of the three seats. Summit County manager Tom Fisher previews Wednesday's council council agenda, including a possible approval of the Silver Creek Development Agreement.

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson first speak with Chris Crockett, an aquatic biologist with the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources.  Crockett specializes in amphibians and discusses the re-introduction of the Columbia Spotted Frog into Swaner Preserve.  After that, Chris and Nell speak with Katy Wang of the Park City Film Series about their latest film,  A Fierce Green Fire, a documentary about the origins of the environmental movement here in the U.S.

The Summit Land Conservancy is all about saving open space. But it's also a "spirited" group, with their Moonshire Party set for next week. Rick Brough has more.

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The Swaner EcoCenter is hosting a pond walk tonight. Rick Brough has more.

Columbia Spotted Frog Wetland Pond Walk

  • Wednesday, July 16th
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Space is very limited, register to ensure your spot at swanerecocenter@usu.edu or 435-649-1767.

Video of the tadpoles feeding:

With more development, the addition of Canyons Golf Course and the possibility of more hot, dry summers ahead, the staff at the Swaner Preserve is concerned about maintaining enough water in our local streams to ensure the future viability of Park City's largest wetland. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more. 

The Swaner Nature Preserve has a busy schedule of activities for May, to kick off the warm months. Rick Brough has more.

The Swaner EcoCenter is hosting a special musical program, called "Guitar Ensembles" this Sunday at 4 p.m. Rick Brough has more.

Preserving the night sky will be the topic at Thursday's Swaner Eco Center talk with Astronomer Paul Ricketts. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

The Swaner EcoCenter and Park City Municipal are hosting a panel discussion that's free to the public.  The event on Tuesday, the 18th is looking at air quality issues around Park City and Summit County.  Rick Brough has more.