In this fast-paced, modern world, people have become more and more disconnected from nature. In fact, children today spend half as much time outside as kids did 20 years ago, and only 6% of kids between 9-13 play outside on their own in a typical week.
Meanwhile, studies have shown that time in nature makes kids healthier and happier - children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and show better concentration.
At the Conservancy, we also know that the most direct route to caring for the environment as an adult is experiencing nature as a child. That's why we're actively encouraging kids of all ages to get outside this summer.
Whether you visit one of our preserves, attend a kid-friendly summer activity, take part in our award-winning wetlands education program, or download our nature treasure hunt to help guide your own explorations, take the time to get outside this summer and connect kids with Utah's incredible natural heritage.
Join us for kid-friendly guided hikes, field trips, and events statewide, all summer long! Sign Up
Download a treasure hunt to use as you explore Utah's wonders. What treasures will you find?
With over a mile of boardwalk, interpretive signs, and a 30-foot tall viewing tower, the Preserve is a perfect place to search for birds, bugs, and wetland animals
Explore one of the Colorado River's largest wetland areas on our trails and boardwalk and search for birds, beavers and the elusive river otter
Search for the elusive desert tortoise and other Mojave plants and animals in Washington County with hikes from Snow Canyon State Park to the Virgin River at the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
Escape the heat and search for late summer wildflowers in July and August and beautiful fall leaves in September with an exploration of Snake Creek Canyon at Wasatch Mountain State Park
The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve is the perfect place for Scouts on the Wasatch Front. See why