Outdoor Classroom Project
Stokes is proud to be the steward of this special property rich in cultural and natural heritage and is excited to be able to provide an oasis in Cache Valley that attracts and protects native wildlife and flora while providing limitless opportunities of learning and playing outside for people of all ages.
On July 17, 2003, Alice Denney donated 11 acres of green space to Stokes Nature Center.
Alice's love of fruit trees prompted her to purchase land in Nibley where she cultivated a small orchard consisting of apricots, apples, and plums. Many of which are still in production today.
Over the years she was delighted with the wildlife that she saw on the land. To ensure the property would be protected for generations, she obtained a wildlife conservation easement which is held by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
Located at 100 West 2600 South in Nibley UT, just off Hwy 165.
- Outdoor classroom
- Restrooms (coming 2018)
- On-site camping (programs only)
- Wetland & riparian habitat restoration
- Local population of the sensitive Least Chub
- Heritage fruit orchard (apricots, apples, plums)
- Upland meadow
- Natural playscape
- Wildlife viewing areas
- Pollinator demonstrations
The Outdoor Classroom Project is moving forward!
We are proud to be working with Bio-West on a comprehensive ecological design which will enhance the native flora and fauna for our visitors, students and wildlife to enjoy.
~ We Envision ~
Visitors and students experiencing Stokes' Outdoor Classroom's vast wildlife habitat immediately as they walk under the arbor entrance and begin to meander along trails winding throughout the property. Enjoying breath-taking views of the majestic Wellsville Mountains and Bear River Range as they gather under the Alice Denney pavilion.
While exploring, our visitors and students may catch glimpses of graceful Sandhill Cranes in the wetland area, Least Chubs swimming in the spring-fed pond, or watch Red Tailed Hawks soaring across the upland meadow. Countless smaller organisms like bees, fireflies, and butterflies call the Stokes Outdoor Classroom home.
We encourage visitors and students to get out and enjoy the wonders of our outdoor classroom first-hand by dipping their fingers in the pond looking for macroinvertebrates, running through the wildflowers, and building a fort with rocks and sticks within our natural playscape. Bring your family for a summer-time picnic before participating in one of our Naturalist workshops showcasing native owls, beekeeping, watersheds, edible plants, and more.
Restoration and Preservation
Native flora and fauna restoration activities begin in the spring with the removal of invasive species and the planting of native shrubs, plants, and trees in the wetland and upland meadow areas of the project. Plants are selected based on historical records, as well as soil types and optimal species for fireflies, birds, and local wildlife.
If you'd like to volunteer to help restore this amazing 11 acres, please contact Emily Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is supported in part by Utah Arts & Museums with funding
from the State of Utah.