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

Great Salty Phenomenon: Investigating Great Salt Lake's Decline through 3-D Science

Great Salty Phenomenon Title SlideInvestigate Great Salt Lake's changing water levels using 3-D science in this adaptable lesson aligned with Utah's SEEd Standards. 

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Hands-On Science Activities

Oolitic Sand Experiment

Oolitic Sand Experiment Instructions

Brine Shrimp Hatch Kit

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.

Weave Your Own Spider Web

Weave Your Own Spider Web Instructions


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

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 "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 Audubon 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.

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