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Since its founding in 1994, Friends of Antelope Island has been instrumental in raising more than $500,000 for projects at Antelope Island State Park to improve and enhance the visitor experience on the island.  Through generous donors and matching funds, usually from State Parks and Davis County, Friends has funded hundreds of projects, big and small.

Projects

Archery Range

Archery Range

UNDER DEVELOPMENT is an archery range with sponsorship help from DNR Wildlife, Utah State Parks, Wilde Arrow Archery, Hoyt Archery, Easton, Utah Archery Association, Beehive Wasatch Bowhunters, and Davis County Tourism.

Future Learning Center

Future Learning Center

Under Development- An expanded and remodeled visitor center into a state-of-the-art Learning Center to enhance the history, science, and experience of the island for the more than one-million visitors who come to the state park each year including hundreds of school children. The State Legislature has already appropriated $1-million for design and engineering, and Friends and Davis County are working on obtaining funding for the estimated $12-million for construction and exhibits.

Telescopes

Telescopes

Three telescopes for visitors to use during star parties.

Amphitheater

Amphitheater

An amphitheater, and later a removable cover, for group programs near the visitor center totaling nearly $100,000 sponsored by the Bill and Pat Child Foundation.

Visitors Center

Visitors Center

Several redesigned and rebuilt visitor center exhibits, and the purchase of antique tractors and trucks for the Fielding Garr Ranch.

Bridger Bay

Bridger Bay

Beach shower decks and bulletin boards at Bridger Bay.

Trail Access Chair

Trail Access Chair

Friends purchased a “trail chair" to accomodate visitors who are unable to walk the trails and enjoy the beautiful vistas offered on the Island. This chair was the first of its kind in Utah and the western United States. This trail equipment is used frequently and at no cost to the user.

Boat Exhibits

Boat Exhibits

A refurbished brine shrimp boat and sailboat as walk-on exhibits.

Improvements

Improvements

Polygon picnic shades, day use shelters, campsite pavilion covers and trailhead vault toilets.

Deck

Deck

An observation deck near the corrals for watching the annual bison roundup.

Video

Video

A video, “Into a World of Wonder”, and large screen televisions and video equipment.

530 AM Radio Station

530 AM Radio Station

A low-power AM radio station (530 AM) with the transmitter in the middle of the causeway broadcasting historic and current information about the island and lake. With the ground antenna buried in the salty Great Salt Lake lakebed we have received letters of reception from as far away as Canada and Finland!

Thank You!

These projects are made possible thanks to the generous support and donations of many local businesses, voluteers, and sponsors!