Lakeside Learning Field Trips

Photo by Jeff Clay Photo by Jeff Clay

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake offers Lakeside Learning field trips in August, September, October, April, May, and June. Lakeside Learning takes place outdoors at Antelope Island State Park. The field trip experience lasts approximately 2.5 hours. The trip includes wetlands exploration/discussion, bird watching, and wading in Great Salt Lake (weather permitting). Your students will get their hands dirty and their feet wet!

Trip size is limited to 75 students.

Our typical field trip program starts off with a visit to the playa, where we talk about wetlands, adaptations, the water cycle, and the unique features of Great Salt Lake. Next, students learn how to use binoculars and we travel over the causeway for birding activities. Our trips conclude with a visit to the beach at Ladyfinger Point where students learn about oolitic sand and wade in the lake for a hands-on experience with brine shrimp and brine flies.

Thank You to Our Supporters!

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 

Jennifer & Loren Majersik

Greg L. Gochnour

Elliot & Susie Hulet

Jane Ann Johnson

Robert & Mary Perrine Johnson

Dr. John L. Kammerdiener & Dr. Ellen M. Leonard

David E. Quinney Jr.

Jennifer P. Speers 

Erica Wangsgard

Would you like to support our Lakeside Learning Field Trip Program? Contact with questions.

Lakeside Learning FEES AND Transportation Grant Policies

We are pleased to offer financial assistance to public schools by offering FREE field trips PLUS bus transportation grants. For private schools and homeschool groups, we charge a small instructional fee and are unable to offer transportation grants at this time.

Field trip fees and transportation grants are as follows:

Group Type

Antelope Island Park Admission Fees

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Instructional Fee

Transportation Grant Given to School by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

Public School and

Public Charter School

paid by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake



$150 per field trip


(field trips with less than 40 students do not qualify for a transportation award)


Private School or Homeschool


paid by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

$50 for groups of 30 students or less
$100 for groups of 31-75 students


none offered



**Notes regarding transportation grants: The transportation grant will be paid out after the Lakeside Learning field trip takes place; the visiting school group is responsible for making all transportation arrangements.

How to Apply for a Lakeside Learning Field Trip

We are not accepting applications at this time. The application period for Spring 2016 field trips will open on December 1st, 2015.

Questions about field trips, applications, transportation grants, etc.? Contact Janessa Edwards at or 435-590-8055