Photo courtesy of Swaner EcoCenter

Leisurely weekend mornings are the best kind of mornings, when the agenda is as simple as a stroll in the park and you have time to literally stop and smell the flowers. 

Conveniently, at the Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, Saturday mornings are made for just that.

Every Saturday through the summer, the Swaner EcoCenter hosts 1.5-hour-long nature walks that meander through 1,200 acres of grassy wetlands and blossoming habitats for native wildlife critters. Guided by a naturalist, the tours discuss topics like wetland science, native plant and animal species, and the history of the Swaner Preserve. 

After the walk, take your time to explore the exhibits inside the platinum-certified LEED building like the Demonstration Garden, an inspiring display of native, drought-tolerant plants for a low-maintenance landscape, or scale the 3-story, wetland-theme climbing wall (open from 1–3 p.m.). 

Saturday morning nature walks are held from 10–11:30 a.m. every Saturday throughout the summer and are $5 per person or free for members. Nature walks are held on flat terrain, but it’s wise to come with sturdy walking or hiking shoes. 

Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Dr., Park City, 435-649-1767, swanerecocenter.org