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Desert Water: Climate Change and the Future of Great Salt Lake

The following resources have been adapted from our Lakeside Learning Field Trip program to bring Great Salt Lake to you. Whether these tools guide you on your visit to the Lake, in your virtual classroom, or in your backyard, we hope that teachers, students and families feel empowered to explore Great Salt Lake's unique ecosystem. For additional information about any of these activities, please contact Katie Newburn at pelican@fogsl.org.

 

Self-Guided Lakeside Learning Field Trips

Antelope Island Self-Guided Field Trip.pdf

GSL State Park Self-Guided Field Trip.pdf

 

Hands-On Science Activities

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit Instructions.pdf

Assembly Video:

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit Assembly Video

 

Weave Your Own Spider Web

Instruction Video:

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Watershed Model

Watershed Model.pdf 

 

Oolitic Sand Experiement

Oolitic Sand Experiment.pdf

  

Partner Games & Activities

NHMU's Great Salt Lake Virtual Field Trip - How did the Great Salt Lake come to be and what happened to Lake Bonneville? Explore the history of this iconic landmark and its amazing ecosystem that supports all kinds of life today.

Audubon's "Whose Beak? Whose Feet?" Game - Birds have many special adaptations that help them survive. A bird's unique beak and feet can tell us what that bird has adapted to eat and where it finds its food. Read the hints to match the beaks, feet, and birds in this Audubon quiz.

Audubon's "Mission: Migration" Game - Did you know? 5-10 million birds visit Great Salt Lake as part of their migration. Wonder what birds flying hundreds or thousands of miles experience along the way? See if you could make the journey in this Audubon mini-game!

Audubon's "Who Lives Where?" Game - Calling all bird watchers! Think you know which birds live in which habitats? Test your bird knowledge with this quiz created by Audubon!

Audubon's "What's Helpful? What's Harmful" Game - Think you know what habits are good and bad for our water systems? Test your knowledge on the Audobon website! Great Salt Lake's health is dependent on our actions, and we can use this time to reflect on what habits we can improve to help our ecosystem.

University of Utah's Learn.Genetics - Extreme Environments: Great Salt Lake

Merlin Bird ID App (Free) - Answer three simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. Merlin offers quick identification help for all levels of bird watchers to learn about birds in their region and around the world.

 

Discussion Questions

Great Salt Lake Study Questions.pdf

 

Studies & Reports

Assessment of Potential Costs of Declining Water Levels in Great Salt Lake.pdf

 

More Activities

Biomes and Great Salt Lake.pdf

Wetlands.pdf

Mystery of the Missing Salt.pdf

Salty Investigations.pdf

Oolitic Sand.pdf

Sink or Float.pdf

Shaky Ground.pdf

Changing States.pdf

 

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Why We Care

  • I was born and raised in Salt Lake City. The lake has always summoned a feeling of being a secret and obscure place, almost untouchable and surreal.

    Max Rosenzweig, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant