Lakeside Learning Field Trips

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Here's a taste of our Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina 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 September, October, 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.

SUBSCRIBE to our Lakeside Learning mailing list to receive updates about application deadlines and program changes!

 

Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina Lakeside Learning Field Trips (Tooele School District only)

Cargill black 2c web lg This field trip program is made possible by Cargill Salt. 

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.

Spring field trips run the first week of April through the first week of June. Spring 2019 field trips are fully booked, and applications are now closed.

Fall field trips run from the first week of September through the second to last week of October. Fall 2019 field trip applications will be open July 1 through August 30, 2019 – or until full.

Subscribe to our Lakeside Learning email list to be notified when applications open and receive program updates.

 

Antelope Island Lakeside Learning Field Trips (Open to all school districts)

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.

Spring field trips run the first week of April through the first week of June. Spring 2019 field trips are fully booked, and applications are now closed.

Fall field trips run from the first week of September through the second to last week of October. Fall 2019 field trip applications will be open July 1 through August 30, 2019 – or until full.

Subscribe to our Lakeside Learning email list to be notified when applications open and receive program updates.

 

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

 $150 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.

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

 

 

Thank You to Our Lakeside Learning Sponsors

Cargill Salt

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation

Union Pacific Railroad

 

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

  • We suggest that Great Salt Lake is a phenomenal asset to the state of Utah. Its mineral resources have been appreciated for almost 150 years. Brine shrimp are now appreciated because they are economically valuable. To only a very limited extent is the lake appreciated for tourism, for culture, for earth systems history and for education. 

    Scientific Review Committee, Comments to the Great Salt Lake Management Planning Team, 1999