Lakeside Learning Field Trips

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The Lakeside Learning Field Trip Program is a 2.5 hours inquiry based educational field trip for 4th grade students. The trips combine informal environmental education strategies while incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) to reinforce the Utah Common Core State Science Standards. Lakeside Learning emphasizes learnig through particiaption.

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake offers Lakeside Learning field trips in August, September, October, April, May, and June. The trip includes wetlands exploration/discussion, 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 online for field trips.








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

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

To begin our field trips, we gather students to talk about Utah’s wetlands, the water cycle, and adaptations. Next, students learn how to use binoculars and we walk to the overlook. At the overlook students observe plants, birds, and land formations that have shaped Great Salt Lake’s unique ecosystem. Once 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.

Click here to apply for Fall 2017 Lakeside Learning Field Trip to Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina (Tooele schools only).

Questions about field trips, applications, transportation grants, etc.? Contact Sarah Radcliff at or 801-682-0621.



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

The application period for Spring 2018 is closed. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for a field trip, please contact Sarah Radcliff at

Trip size is limited to 80 students.

Our typical field trip program starts off with a visit to the playa, where we talk about wetlands, adaptations, the water cycle, and the unique features of Great Salt Lake. Next, students learn how to use binoculars and we travel over the causeway for birding activities. Our trips conclude with a visit to the beach at Ladyfinger Point where students learn about oolitic sand and wade in the Lake for a hands-on experience with brine shrimp and brine flies. These trips are designed for 4th grade students in Utah.

Lakeside Learning FEES AND Transportation Grant Policies

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

Field trip fees and transportation grants are as follows:

Group Type

Antelope Island Park Admission Fees

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Instructional Fee

Transportation Grant Given to School by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

Public School and

Public Charter School

paid by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake



$150 per field trip


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


Private School, Catholic or Homeschool


paid by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

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


none offered



**Notes regarding transportation grants: The transportation grant will be paid out after the Lakeside Learning field trip takes place; the visiting school group is responsible for making all transportation arrangements. 

Questions about field trips, applications, transportation grants, etc.? Contact Sarah Radcliff at or 801-862-0621. 


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 and 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 should bill the lake for what it is—a place of grandeur and solitude, which nourishes our thoughts and heightens our sensitivity to nature. Seen in that light, the brine flies become a fascinating curiosity more than an annoyance. The Great Salt Lake offers a wilderness experience, not a beach party, and no amount of promotion and development will change that.

    Dean L. May, Images of the Great Salt Lake