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¡Fiesta for Nature! Outdoor Fun for Everyone

Birds, butterflies and migration stories

Salt Lake City, UT

Bring your love of tacos, arts and culture, and the outdoors to ¡Fiesta for Nature! – a bilingual family-friendly event to celebrate Utah’s natural world. It’s happening on Saturday, September 22 from 4-8 p.m. at The Nature Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.

People will explore the nature preserve while enjoying free tacos (for the first 300 attendees), arts and activities for kids, and live music and folkloric dancing. You’ll learn about the amazing birds and butterflies at the Great Salt Lake and celebrate their migration stories. You can also enjoy a preserve audio tour in both English and Spanish.

This event is in partnership with: Artes de México en Utah; Arte Primero; Hartland Community 4 Youth and Families; Outdoor Afro; Play & Learn Outside; The Natural History Museum of Utah; Tracy Aviary; Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is developing interactive art for the event called “The Pelican.” People will write their own migratory story on paper, then weave it into the wings of a large metal sculpture in the shape of a pelican.

This celebration aligns beautifully with the Museum's UMFA in the Wild and ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment series that explore our relationship with the natural world through art,” says Jorge Rojas, education and engagement director for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. “We have a lovely community art project planned that celebrates the amazing birds at the Great Salt Lake, and their migration stories—as well as our own cultural migrations."

Artes de Mexico en Utah – an organization focused on uniting cultural connections with Mexican art – has planned the live performances and arts activities of this event, in particular story-telling and puppets.

Artes de Mexico en Utah is thrilled to participate in Fiesta for Nature,” remarks Laila Villanueva, project manager for Artes de México. “This is an opportunity to promote the inclusion of Latin American communities and their cultural heritage in the preservation of natural environments, beyond borders and nationalities, for the benefit of all in the present and future of our planet".

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is excited to find new ways to connect with more Utahns and share the work we are doing to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.

“The health of our air, land and water matters to all of us. More than ever, we need more people supporting the work we do, more diverse ideas and a range of perspectives to meet the challenges facing our natural world,” adds Maria Estrada, who helped create this event for TNC’s Utah Chapter and is the associate director of TNC’s Diversity and Inclusion Program.

¡Fiesta for Nature! is scheduled on Saturday, September 22 from 4pm – 8pm at The Nature Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve located 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, near Layton. Find directions.

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