Progress towards Acquisition

Stokes Nature Center is outgrowing our little cabin in the woods. Much to our delight we have been working with the City of Logan and the Forest Service to acquire four buildings at Second Dam. These buildings, which were recently slated for demolition, can instead be upgraded to an accessible welcome center, vibrant nature classroom, and on-site offices for staff. These new facilities will allow Stokes Nature Center to continue to expand our programs and services to the community and Cache Valley visitors.

On November 21st we presented our proposal  to the Logan City Council, and it was APPROVED to move on to a Public Hearing. However, the process was postponed due to an existing mitigation issue. This mitigation plan has now been submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for review, and we anticipate the issue being resolved within 90 days. So stay tuned for more updates!

We continue to thank the Logan City Council for considering this exciting project and especially want to thank our community for being a part of making this long held vision a reality. 

Important Second Dam Update

The final vote by the Logan City Council for the transfer of facilities at Second Dam to Stokes Nature Center has been postponed.

While we are disappointed, we are still optimistic. 

If you are passionate about this project and would like to become more involved, we will be hosting a Second Dam planning meeting in lieu of the City Council meeting. 

Second Dam Planning Meeting
Tuesday, January 2nd
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Logan Library 255 N Main St - Jim Bridger meeting room

We Are One Step Closer To Our Goal! 

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Our proposal to acquire much needed facilities for Stokes Nature Center at Second Dam Park in Logan Canyon was approved by the Logan City Council to go to public hearing. 

Thanks to all of you that could show up and to everyone that is supporting us along this journey. ❤️

You can watch the City Council proceedings online! Our proposal starts at  47:30. 

Our proposal will be up for a Public Hearing and Final Vote. We would love to pack the Logan City Council meeting with our Stokes Supporters.

January 2nd 2018
Logan City Hall
290 N 100 W Logan, Utah 84321

If you can't attend, you can still show your support by sending us an email or letter that we can present to the Councilpersons. 

Send emails of support to Jennifer Hamilton at or mail your letter of support to PO Box 4204 Logan UT 84323

Your Support Matters

On November 21st the Logan City Council will be presented with a proposal to transfer ownership of four (4) structures located at Second Dam in Logan Canyon to the Allen & Alice Stokes Nature Center. That's us!

A key part of ensuring the transfer of ownership of the structures to Stokes Nature Center is community support. On November 21st, the City Council will receive our proposal and a 14-day public notice period will begin.

What you can do to help!

  • Join Stokes at the next City Council meeting on November 21st 5:30pm at City Hall
  • Write an Email or Letter of Support or call your City Council member
    • Talking Points could include:
      • Share a personal story about the value of Stokes Nature Center to you.
      • The City of Logan will benefit by reducing effort and costs of maintaining the facilities without losing the opportunity for the property to benefit public purposes. 
      • Stokes Nature Center has a successful proven track record for enhancement of public use which signals to the community that the City is committed to providing highest and best use of public property.
      • SNC annually serves over 24,000 community members who visit the current facilities for various educational and recreational programs.  This volume reflects a recent increase of nearly 98% from last year, seriously straining the capacity of SNC’s current facilities and available parking.  The parking lot above Second Dam was constructed to accommodate school buses as well as private vehicles. 
      • SNC will further the City's goals of providing a variety of programs and services to a diverse population, at a range of costs, with many programs free of charge to the public and others supported by the SNC organization and its patrons.
      • Read our full proposal to the City Council here.
 Summer Camp 2004 w/ Alice Stokes

Summer Camp 2004 w/ Alice Stokes

 Adventure Camp 2007

Adventure Camp 2007

 Summer Camp 2011

Summer Camp 2011

 Backpacking Camp 2017

Backpacking Camp 2017

Email Jennifer Hamilton at

Mail letters to Stokes Nature Center PO Box 4204, Logan UT 84232

  • Call your Friends and Family and ask them to show their support too!

Details about the Logan City Council proceedings and contact information can be found at

We Are Growing!


We are growing and looking to expand our facilities in Logan Canyon. For the last 3 months, we have been working closely with Logan City's Recreation department and Power & Light to put together a proposal for the transfer of ownership of four structures located at Second Dam to Stokes Nature Center. The structures include two residential units and two detached garages. 

Logan Canyon is a special place and we are proud to have our current building located along the River Trail. We are excited about the possibility of expanding our presence in the canyon by securing much needed space for staff offices, programming and a more accessible visiting center. We also love the connectivity of this new site to our much beloved building located just 1 mile below Second Dam.  

In anticipation of acquiring new facilities, We have raised $60,000 and have retained the services of an architect from CRSA, Laura Smith AIA LEED AP BD+C.