The Utah House 4-H Event Center

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    Utah House 4-H Event Center

    Address

    920 South 50 West
    Kaysville, UT 84037

    Directions to the Utah House

    The Utah House 4-H event center is located at the Utah Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah, just off Interstate 15. This building is used for Davis County 4-H club meetings, activities and summer camps. It is not open to the public.

    • From I-15 take the Kaysville exit #328.
    • Go east approximately 0.5 miles to the traffic light at Main Street .
    • Turn south (right) and drive 0.6 miles to the traffic light at 350 South.
    • Turn west (right) and drive 0.2 miles to the stop sign at 50 West.
    • Turn south (left) and drive 0.5 miles to the Utah House parking lot entrance on the west side of the street.

    History

    The Utah House Project was a grass roots development that came from concern for the environment. In 1996, Utah State University Extension sponsored a workshop and nearly 100 people attended to discuss the possibility of building a demonstration home in Utah.

    Features 

    Sustainability
    The Utah House was originally built to share the vision of preserving our natural resources for future generations. Efficient use of resources (energy,water, materials, land), minimization of waste, conservation of the natural environment, and creation of a healthy built environment were all part of its sustainable design.

      Sustainability Features

      • Arbors are made of reclaimed timbers from the Great Salt Lake,
        reducing the need to harvest new wood.
      • Home compost bins use yard and kitchen waste to enrich garden
        soil and help ease pressure on municipal landfills and incinerators.
      • Mulching around plants reduces use of fertilizer products, herbicides
        and helps retain moisture.
      • Well adapted plants were selected, which don't require fertilizers and
        other additives in order to grow.

    Landscape 

    The first step to the Utah House water-wise landscape was a plan and design, which considered the site and the landscape’s goals and objectives. A soil analysis was completed and organic matter was added to enhance drainage and moisture retention. 

    Well-adapted, healthy plants were selected and grouped into hydrozones. Hydrozoning a landscape involves grouping plants together according to their water requirements. Practical turf areas of manageable sizes and shapes were createdin areas where they provided a functional benefit. 

    Trees and shrubs were strategically planted to reduce runoff and minimize erosion. Click here to view the Utah House plant list. 
    Mulches were used in shrub and perennial beds. Mulches conserve soil moisture and increase soil nutrients.

    Irrigate efficiently – not excessively. The Utah House landscape uses a properly designed system that applies the right amount of water at the right time for each hydrozone. Guidance for proper lawn watering in Utah can be found on the Division of Water Resources website.

    rain barrelGravel surfaces and concrete pavers were used, which allow storm water to penetrate into the soil.This reduces run-off and erosion and helps filter excessive nutrients. High nutrient loads from home fertilizer use can upset the balance in the storm water-fed ponds. The roof is used as a water collection agent. Rain water is stored in a rain barrel and used for irrigation purposes.