See you at the lake!

2018 Summer Camps

Join the Lakeside Learning Crew at the lake this summer in two explorative, STEAM based summer camps! This year we partnered with The Natural History Museum of Utah and The University of Utah's Youth Education to bring you two exciting and challenging summer camps based on the science and ecology of Great Salt Lake! Your children will learn how the lake influences every living thing in our valley, INCLUDING OURSELVES! Click on the links below for more information! 



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Great Salt Lake Discoveries at The Natural History Museum of Utah

Ladies, the Great Salt Lake is ours to discover! With staff from FRIENDS of GSL, you’ll investigate the cool and unique ecosystem at the Great Salt Lake, from brine shrimp to water bugs and everything in-between. We’ll visit places like Antelope Island and Farmington Bay, conduct salty experiments, chew pickle weed, and watch birds through binoculars. We are investigators, adventurous, and love being outside. Drop off and pick up take place at NHMU. Transportation to field trip locations is provided.

June 11-15, 2018, 4th-5th grade, Girls only!

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Soar the Salt Shore at the University of Utah

Fly into adventure! Explore the Great Salt Lake ecosystem and the important role that birds play within it. The Great Salt Lake is known by shorebirds as one of the best places north of the equator for fine dining and spacious lodging. In this class, you will learn about our feathered friends and what makes them so unique. Then take on the role of lead scientist and investigate what makes Great Salt Lake so loved by birds. You will hatch brine shrimp to take home, build your own wetland models, take a field trip to Tracy Aviary and so much more!-

Questions? Call Youth Education at 801-581-6984 or Sarah Radcliff at 801-682-0621

June 25-29, Ages 8-10

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Why We Care

  • Years ago the Great Salt Lake was a entertainment destination for the people of Salt Lake City. One of my ancestors had a vacation home near Black Rock, where he would take his family to escape the heat and cares of the city. That was a long time ago and a lot has changed since then. For many reasons the lake is not as popular as it once was. But it has been a source of peace, contemplation, and inspiration to me. I reflect on photos I have seen of the grand days of Saltair and the love of floating in the lake. I have done this myself on numerous occasions. I love the sensation of effortlessly floating. And we can escape the cares of the world.

    Clinton Whiting, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant