Education Resources


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


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


Watershed Model

Watershed Model Instructions.pdf 

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Oolitic Sand Experiement

Oolitic Sand Experiment Instructions.pdf

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Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit Instructions.pdf

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Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit Assembly Video


Weave Your Own Spider Web

Weave Your Own Spider Web Instructions.pdf

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Free 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 - 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.

Ocean Conservancy's Clean Swell App - Keep the Great Salt Lake Watershed clean by collecting trash from any waterway near you and recording it using the Clean Swell app. You'll be contributing real data to inform research and policy, while helping to improve habitat and water quality for the Great Salt Lake ecosystem and beyond.


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


Mystery of the Missing Salt.pdf

Salty Investigations.pdf

Oolitic Sand.pdf

Sink or Float.pdf

Shaky Ground.pdf

Changing States.pdf



Why We Care

  • The whole environment of Great Salt Lake is a place of wonder. Life abounds in water, on islands, and about the marshland edges where migratory birds find refuge during long flights north and south. It is also a source of income for companies around its rim (unfortunately). Challenges for the Lake today are balancing acts. We must continue to foster the generous gifts the Lake provides for wildlife, community, and visitors as well as make peace with the human intrusions that threaten not only the Lake’s beauty, but also its very existence as the bountiful center of a thriving community along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.

    Maurine Haltiner, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant