Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

International Coastal Cleanup

Trash on our shorelines is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. Great Salt Lake is the closest thing we have to an ocean, so lets help clean it up!

Join the worlds largest volunteer effort for our oceans, waterways and lakes by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup.

On Saturday, September 20 2014, FRIENDS will be partnering with the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, The Living Planet Aquarium, Compass Minerals International, Great Salt Lake Institute and The Nature Conservancy to clean up the Great Salt Lake shoreline at Black Rock Beach and Lee Creek. We’re looking for volunteers to help.

We’ll meet at 9 am at the Great Salt Lake Marina at the south shore of the Lake and work until noon. The trash we collect will be weighed and hauled away by trucks, and our collective effort will be counted along with other countries and communities as a part of the International Coastal Cleanup effort.

Bring gloves, shovels and trash bags. Tell your friends and neighbors about this important effort and bring them along.

September 20 2014


Meet at Great Salt Lake Marina


Spread the word to all those Lake lovers out there.

Anyone is welcome to join us. Looking for community service or volunteer hours? Come out and make a difference with some great people.  If you would like to join us please visit our Facebook event page to RSVP and stay up to date on information as the date gets closer!

Want to get involved? Contact Kristin Smith for more details about this event.

Thanks to our sponsors and partners for ensuring that this years cleanup will be the biggest yet! 






Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

20th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, October 23, 2014! 

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Celebrating 20 Years of Protecting the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem! Join us on Thursday, October 23rd from 6-9 p.m. at the Rico's Warehouse. 545 West 700 South, Salt Lake City.

Since 1994, FRIENDS has been working to preserve and protect the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem through education, research, advocacy, and the arts. Turning 20 calls for celebration.

We want you to be a part of our briny 20th Anniversary Gala! Lots of people. Lots of great food. Lots of opportunities to reflect on what we  - collectively - have accomplished over these twenty years. And a salty silent auction that is sure to have something to catch your eye to remember the event.


Check out our silent auction supporters! 


Thank you to our generous sponsors:


Community Foundation of Utah

The Stephen F. and Susan E. Denkers Family Foundation

The Willard L. Eccles Foundation

Epic Brewing Company

Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative

The Nature Conservancy


Utah Airboat Association





Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake is a place where nothing is as it appears. It is a landscape of the imagination, where anything is possible.

    Terry Tempest Williams, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Advisory Board