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Great Salt Lake Nature Center

Education program

Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Center education program

WHETHER YOU'RE AN outdoors enthusiast looking to learn about Utah's wetlands or a teacher wanting to get your students out in the open air, you're in luck. The GSL Nature Center offers a variety of education programs and fieldtrips for students, scouts and others.


The colorful sights and mild weather of spring and fall are perfect reasons to get kids out of the classroom and into the wetlands. The nature center hosts onsite educational fieldtrips with fun, hands-on activities designed to meet the State of Utah's 4th grade science wetlands core curriculum. The activities run the gamut, giving kids a chance to really explore the natural world. Fieldtrip activities range from:

  • catching and studying wetland macroinvertebrates,
  • identifying wetland plants, birds and other animals,
  • discussing adaptations of wetland organisims and their roles in the ecosystem, to
  • learning about wetland soils and watersheds.

Students studying macroinvertebrates

You're invited to schedule a fieldtrip for your students or another group. Please make the arrangements at least one month in advance. Call 801-589-2373 to set it up.

The nature center runs fieldtrips as often as two to three times per week in the spring and fall seasons; that means approximately 3,000 students annually. Our goal is to get the students out into the wetlands, learning and having a good time. In order to meet ever-increasing visitation demands, the GSL Nature Center is always seeking more volunteer naturalists to help lead education activities. Internships are offered as well.

Other programs

Though many of our educational programs were developed to fulfill requirements for Utah's 4th grade environmental education curriculum, we also have programs for scouts and other youth groups of various ages. There is no cost, but the availability is dependent on available staff. Call 801-589-2373 to set it up.

A variety of special events, including two watchable wildlife events, offer additional education and fun to families and other groups within the community. Check out the events page for more details.

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Hours of operation

Tuesday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We're closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Occasional deviations to the above hours are noted on the wildlife calendar.