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    FORE! The Planet ExhibitFORE! The Planet | February 4 - April 30, 2023

    Hours: Wednesdays: 10 AM 4 PM, Thursdays & Fridays: 10 AM 7 PM, Saturdays & Sundays: 10 AM 4 PM

    Pricing: $7 per person, children 2 & under are free

    Member Discounts (see pricing below): Click here to become a member!

    We love hosting school groups! Please note that field trips can be scheduled Wednesday through Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM, which may affect your experience. If you would like to check if a field trip is scheduled when you plan to visit the exhibit please call the main line at (435) 649-1767. For more information about booking a field trip, please visit the School Programs webpage.


    Explore a tropical rainforest, navigate a polluted waterway, learn how to make a wildlife refuge in your own backyardand so much morein this playful 9-hole environment-themed mini golf course. Perfect for all ages, your entire family will enjoy putting a round while learning about the natural world.

    Esta exhibición está disponible en español.

    FORE! The Planet is produced by Linvilla Orchards.

    Two children putting on butterfly migration mini golf hole Child putting ball on last part of course with windows behind her Child putting into the salmon run golf green with mother behind

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    FORE! The Planet Sponsors

    $275 for a group of up 20 children and adults, including birthday child and parents (20 people max). Minimum of 2 adults are required per party.  


    Birthday parties can be held on:

    Saturdays anytime between 10 AM – 12 PM or 1:30 – 3:30 PM

    Sundays anytime between 1:30 – 3:30 PM

    Fill out this form to request a Birthday Party. Bookings are subject to staff and Naturalist room availability.  

    Request a Birthday Party!

    What does the party package include?

    • Admission for 20 guests to FORE! The Planet.
    • 2-hour private use of Naturalist room: This is the time to enjoy refreshments, food, and activities of your choice (such as gift opening). This time includes your set-up and clean-up. 
    • Tables & chairs provided. 
    • Swaner does not provide food or drink. Please do not bring ANY items that contain nuts of any kind. 
    • Modest nature-themed table covers and decorations provided. 

    Deposits, Transfers, and Cancellations:

    Party reservations require payment at the time of booking. Cash, check, and credit card are all accepted forms of payment. 

    Changes or cancellations must be made at least one week prior to the scheduled party. Cancellations will receive a refund of the deposit, minus a $35 administration fee. Changes of date less than one week in advance cannot be accommodated. Cancellations made less than one week in advance will not receive a refund. If you have questions, reach out to Lexie at a.chamberlain@usu.edu or 435-649-1767.

    $375 up to the first 10 guests + $7/additional guest (Max 30 people total)


    Private mini golf sessions can be held on:

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays between 4 PM and 8 PM

    Private sessions are subject to staff availability. Fill out the form to request a private experience in FORE! The Planet and a team member will respond to confirm within 2-3 business days.  

    Request a Private Session!


    What does a private mini golf session include?

    • 2-hour private session in FORE! The Planet 9-hole mini golf course for you and your group.
    • Swaner does not provide food or drink. Private session requester may bring light refreshments. Please do not bring ANY items that contain nuts of any kind.


    Deposits, Transfers, and Cancellations:

    Party reservations require payment at the time of booking. Cash, check, and credit card are all accepted forms of payment. 

    Changes or cancellations must be made at least one week prior to the scheduled private session. Cancellations will receive a refund of the deposit, minus a $35 administration fee. Changes of date less than one week in advance cannot be accommodated. Cancellations made less than one week in advance will not receive a refund. If you have questions, reach out to Lexie at a.chamberlain@usu.edu or 435-649-1767.

    We don’t want admission fees to be a barrier to community members interested in attending this exhibit! Do you know a group, individual, family, or organization that could benefit from tickets? Reach out to hunter.klingensmith@usu.edu so we can arrange for tickets to be provided! Do you need free tickets? Fill out this form. While admission fees are an important part of funding these exhibits, generous sponsors have enabled us to provide these free tickets to our community.   

    Exhibit Free Days

    Visit the exhibit for free on select days thanks to our generous sponsors!

    • Saturday, March 25 from 10 AM – 4 PM
    • Sunday, April 23 from 10 AM – 4 PM

    Exhibit Hall

    Our engaging Main Exhibit Hall allows visitors of all ages to experience and explore the natural world.

    During the summer months (June to August) our original exhibits are in place where you can learn more about sustainable construction of the EcoCenter and the function of wetland ecosystems. From September to May we open up the option for traveling exhibits.

    Past Exhibits

    In mid-April 2015 we housed "Utah Wilderness 50:  A Photographic Exhibition".  This exhibit featured 50 photographs that were selected through a juried process from more than 1,400 entries. All photos represent Utah public lands and reflect the spirit of the Wilderness Act of 1964.

    Extra Youth & Family Activities

    • Utah Wilderness 50 Children's Photographic Experience: Borrow an iPad and head out on the Preserve to take your own landscape or wildlife photograph, then print your photo to take home.
    • Film screening in our Theater Room of "The Wilderness Act: 50th Anniversary", courtesy of Kontent Films.

    Utah Wilderness 50


    Thank you to our sponsors:

    Susan and Dale Poulter Julie Monahan
    NHMU Newpark

    In November 2014 we installed, "Mountain Lion!  The Story of Pumas and People".  This exhibit blended science, history, and art to provide an in-depth look at Utah's most mysterious and elusive predator.

    Extra Youth & Family Activities

    • See how you measure up to a cougar in the Mountain Lion Olympics.
    • Rotating crafts each month, including decorating your own track replica, creating a mountain lion mask, making a mountain lion pencil topper and more.

    Mtn. Lion Exhibit 2015


    Thank you to our sponsors:

    Utah DWR RAP

    The photography exhibition Endangered Landscapes presents over 50 of Rick Braveheart's full color, black & white, non-traditional and video art works of America's national lands. Featuring images captured over 400 days spent living alone within national parks, the exhibit highlights the beauty of more than two dozen locations from across the country. Rick has the unique distinction of serving as a twelve time artist-in-residence recipient from the National Park Service, received the Presidential 1,000 Points of Light Award for his work documenting our national lands. His work is found in numerous private, public and museum collections including the Smithsonian and National Park Service as well as various US Embassies.

    Endangered Landscapes


    Thank you to our sponsors:

    Julie Monahan

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    exhibit sponsors

    Small Wonders: The Expansive World of Insects (April 1 - May 15, 2017) 

    A new exhibition entitled “Small Wonders: The Expansive World of Insects” opens April 1st at the Swaner EcoCenter! Topics range from basic questions like “What is a bug?” to coverage of well-known Utah insects like the Mormon cricket and the bark beetle. The exhibition also highlights some insect species that capture our imaginations, such as fireflies and honeybees, and reveals the many ways that insects impact our lives. After all, insects are the most common life form on earth!

    Small WondersNot only is this exhibit packed with information, there are a variety of beautiful specimens on display, and plenty of interactive and hands-on activities for the whole family.

    The Grand Opening will feature some special opportunities such as a chance to meet live insects, create a critter craft, and even taste some of these creatures!

    The exhibition was originally organized by the Utah State University Libraries and the USU Entomology Club.


    Presented in partnership with: 



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    Wild Encounters

    Thank you to our sponsors: David Yarrow Photography, A Gallery, Michelle Brosnan and a grant from:

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    The Art and Science of Arachnids (September 15 - December 9, 2018) 

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    Sept. 15 - Dec. 9, 2018 | Wednesdays - Sundays

    Explore the largest arachnid exhibit in the United States and discover the connections between arachnids and literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history. The Art and Science of Arachnids features 100 live arachnids and exciting hands-on activities, experiments, and play. During its time at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, this exhibit will be available to read and listen to in both Spanish and English!

    ASA Sponsors

    Nature's Ninjas

    Nature's Ninjas
    Feb 1 - April 28, 2019 | Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm | Thurs until 6

    Discover how animals defend themselves against predators at Nature’s Ninjas, a new traveling exhibit at the Swaner EcoCenter. From porcupines to geckos, explore some of nature’s wildest defensive adaptations! Enjoy live animal shows during the exhibit and get up close and personal with some of nature’s most misunderstood animals.

    Nature's Ninjas Sponsors

    Robot Zoo

    The Robot Zoo
    Sept. 14 - Jan. 5 | Wed - Fri 10am - 5pm | Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

    Explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work! This exhibit reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Robot animals and hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors and how a fly walks on the ceiling. Great for ages 4 to adult.

    Robot Zoo Sponsors


    Water/Ways | December 19, 2020 - March 27, 2021
    Fridays - Sundays, 10AM to 4PM
    Admission complimentary, thanks to our sponsors

    Our world is made of water and so are we. Water/Ways, an exhibition from Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, takes a deep look at this essential component of life on our planet, which powers the environment’s engine, impacts climate and helps shape and sculpt the landscape.

    Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Utah Humanities, and was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.



    Survival of the Slowest

    Survival of the Slowest | October 2, 2021 - February 6, 2022

    Wednesdays - Sundays, 10am - 4pm


    Sometimes being slow, small, or weak can have its advantages. This exhibit, featuring 15 live animal habitats, explores the counterintuitive survival strategies of some unique species. How can slow and steady win the race? Does bigger always mean better? What animals benefit from being weak rather than strong? Guests will have the opportunity to meet a two-toed sloth, Burmese python, veiled chameleon, and many other incredible species! 

    Survival of the Slowest is produced by Little Ray's Nature Centre.

    Survival of the Slowest Sponsors



    Survival of the Slowest

    Decisions Downstream | February 25 – May 29, 2022

    Wednesdays - Sundays, 10am - 4pm


    Immerse yourself in beautiful large-scale images created from layers of scientific data, original paintings that capture the transcendent experience of encountering wild fish, and projections onto 3D maps that tell stories of our past water development choices and those we face in the future. Critical water decisions are being made in Utah. Decisions Downstream highlights the water development tools, tradeoffs, and alternatives that can guide our choices.

    Think Water Utah is a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners.

    Decisions Downstream Sponsors


    Soar with Bats

    Soar with Bats | October 1, 2022 – January 8, 2023

    Wednesdays - Sundays, 10 AM 4 PM


    Soar with Bats highlights human-bat cultural connections through science, folklore, mythology, and pop culture. This exhibit also features live batsBats are the only mammal capable of true, sustained flight. Throughout history, bats have been associated with magic, sorcery, and superstition. Bats have symbolized good and evil. Today, bats are looked at as indicator species for the health of the environment and continue to fascinate people around the world.

    Soar with Bats is produced by Build 4 Impact.

    Soar with Bats Sponsors