Lakeside Learning Field Trips

Lakeside Learning Field Trips

Lakeside Learning is a 2.5 hour inquiry-based field trip program for fourth grade students. Students will experience Great Salt Lake and learn about its ecosystems through informal environmental education strategies, incorporating science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to reinforce the Utah Common Core State Science Standards. Lakeside Learning emphasizes learning through participation.

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake offers Lakeside Learning Field Trips in August, September, October, March, April, May, and June. The trip includes wetlands exploration, bird watching, and wading in Great Salt Lake (weather permitting). Your students will get their hands dirty and their feet wet!

Lakeside Learning Field Trips take place at two locations: Antelope Island State Park (open to all schools) and Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina (open only to the Tooele School District). Please see below for details and how to apply for field trips.

This program is only available to fourth grade students and teachers.

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Tooele School District - Great Salt Lake State Park & Marina Lakeside Learning Field Trip

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Trip size is limited to 75 students and is restricted to schools within the Tooele District ONLY.

On this field trip, we gather students to talk about Utah’s wetlands, the water cycle, and plant and animal adaptations. Students learn how to use binoculars and observe birds, plants, boats, and land formations that have shaped Great Salt Lake’s unique ecosystem. Down at the beach, students will construct their own watersheds, experiment with oolitic sand, and wade in the Lake searching for brine shrimp and brine flies for a salty, hands-on experience. 

Self-Guided Field Trip:

Great Salt Lake State Park Self-Guided Field Trip.pdf

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kits:

Bring the Great Salt Lake ecosystem into your home or classroom with your own Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit! The kit includes everything you need for the activity (just add water!), and also includes some Oolitic Sand for an additional experiment. Check out the activity instructions and assembly video below, and complete the request form for your class or student.

Request Form - For Fourth Grade Classrooms

Request Form - For Individual Students (Entering Fourth or Fifth Grade)

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit Instructions.pdf

Assembly Video

Oolitic Sand Experiment Instructions.pdf

 

All School Districts - Antelope Island State Park Lakeside Learning Field TripIMG 2799

Trip size is limited to 75 students. 

This field trip starts off with a visit to the playa, where we talk about wetlands, plant and animal adaptations, the water cycle, and the unique features of Great Salt Lake. Next, students learn how to use binoculars and travel over the causeway to observe and identify birds and wildlife. We conclude with a visit to the beach at Ladyfinger Point, where students learn about oolitic sand and wade in the Lake for a salty, hands-on experience with brine shrimp and brine flies. 

Self-Guided Field Trip:

Antelope Island State Park Self-Guided Field Trip.pdf

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kits:

Bring the Great Salt Lake ecosystem into your classroom with your own Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit! The kit includes everything you need for the activity (just add water!), and also includes some Oolitic Sand for an additional experiment. Check out the activity instructions and assembly video below, and complete the request form for your class.

Request Form - For Fourth Grade Classrooms

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit Instructions.pdf

Assembly Video:

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit Assembly Video

Oolitic Sand Experiment Instructions.pdf

  

Field Trip Costs and Transportation Reimbursement Policies

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

Group Type

State Park Admission Fees

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Instructional Fee

Transportation Reimbursement Provided by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

 

Public School

 Public Charter School 

 

Paid by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

 

$0

Up to $300 per field trip.

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

Checks are sent at the end of our field trip season after we receive a copy of your school's bus invoice.

Visiting school is responsible for arranging transportation.

 

Private School

Homeschool

 

 Paid by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

$50 for groups of 30 students or less
$150 for groups of 31-75 students

 

None available

 

 

Lakeside Learning Field Trip Safety Protocols

Safety Protocols

 

Thank You to Our Lakeside Learning Sponsors

Cargill Salt

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation

South Davis Sewer District

Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

 

Thank You to Our Education Supporters

 

Kathleen Anderson

Joyce and John Barnes

Greg Barrus

Stephen Bloch & Kara Pettit  

Karleen Broadwater

Lynn and Bradley Carroll

Edward and Carleen Clark

Jack Clark

Peter DeLafosse

Susan Fleming

Jerry Ford

Greg L. Gochnour

 

 

Pam Gremillion

Joseph Hicks

Jim Hill

Connie Holbrook

Elliot & Susie Hulet

Frank Jarvis

Jane Ann Johnson

Robert & Mary Perrine Johnson

Benjamin Kim

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

Jennifer & Loren Majersik

George and Nancy Melling

Margie Nash and Joe Donaldson

 

 

Kaye Nelson

Don and Kayleen Paul

Joan Peterson

David and Shari Quinney

Janet Robins

Heather Roth

Jennifer P. Speers 

Jean Francois S. Van Huele and Susan Chasson

William and Donna Vogel

Erica Wangsgard

Tom and Nikki Ward

Richard West

 

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Why We Care

  • "Great Salt Lake is a special place. There is nothing else like it. Do we really want to imagine a time when we have to say "I remember when there used to be a big salty lake out there?" Can we really be so disconnected from our landscape that we fail to act before it's too late? We must protect this resource, this place of life and reflection."

    Janessa Edwards, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Education and Outreach Director