Children running on the boardwalk of the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve
GSL Audio Tour Children running on the boardwalk of the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve © Charles Uibel

Stories in Utah

Connecting Tech and Nature

New GPS-triggered audio tour brings visitors closer to nature.

Imagine an outdoor experience deeply enhanced with stories, historical perspective, fun facts and natural sounds—all held in the palm of your hand.

That’s what visitors of the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve can expect when they download The Nature Conservancy’s brand new audio tour.

In the spring of 2017, the Utah Chapter of the Conservancy launched a new audio tour of the preserve to connect visitors to the landscape in a unique and immersive way. Though technology and nature are often seen at odds with one another, this exciting new way to tour the Great Salt Lake can actually enhance your preserve experience.

Serving as a different platform for exploration, the GPS-triggered tour tells little-known stories about the area for regular and new visitors alike. It’s like having a personal tour guide with you along on your excursion.

Seagulls in flight
Great Salt Lake Seagulls in flight. © Shaun Fisher

Throughout your journey, you’ll be captivated by the unique wetland plants, ponds, marshes, and wildlife. You’ll hear the songs of some local and migratory birds, which you might  spot at the preserve.

This new storytelling trip also takes you up an observation tower for a birds-eye view of the 4,440-acre preserve, recognized as internationally significant migratory bird habitat. Between four and six million birds visit, feed, and nest at the Lake and its wetlands every year, and you can see it all from their perspective.

Want to try it out for yourself? Download the TravelStorys app today and take your tour of the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.