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    Swaner Online Learning and Community Engagement

    Swaner Preserve, like all wild spaces, is often a place of solace when life feels challenging and we're seeking comfort.

    Now, we've created SOLACE, an online resource for youth, adults, and families to keep learning about nature and the environment during this time of social distancing and transition.  We've put together some of our own lessons and activities, and also gathered some of our favorite online resources so you can find them all in one place.  Happy learning!


    For Kids

    Sensational SpringWeek 1
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    Home Sweet HomeWeek 2
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    Pollinator PalsWeek 3
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    Spring DazeWeek 4
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    Sprouting Into ScienceWeek 5
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    Click on the icons above to access the week’s activities. These activities were developed to engage youth currently in 1st through 5th grade. These activities are intended to assist you in enhancing your child’s learning. If you don’t like an activity, skip it. If your child falls absolutely in love with an activity and wants to repeat it over and over in the coming week, teach them to do it independently!

    Each themed activity guide includes a weekly challenge, a Kahoot quiz, a recorded story time, and 3 to 5 activities for your child to complete. These activities can be completed throughout the week, or all completed in one day, depending on your schedule and child’s interest. Please note most of these activities require adult preparation or assistance, so be sure to read through the materials and instructions in advance. These activities will be released on a weekly basis. Happy exploring!

    Did you access any of the above activity guides?  Please take a second give us some feedback about your experience.  It should take no more than 2 minutes, and will help us to continue better serving your family during this time of social distancing and at-home learning.

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    For Adults

    Check out the Swaner team's favorite resources below to keep your nature brain engaged and excited during this time of social distancing. Swaner will also continue to offer our Walks, Talks, and Workshops program virtually. To view upcoming events and to register, please visit to our calendar page.

    • Follow us on FaceBook or Instagram to stay up to date on and interact with all things Swaner.
    • Here are a few of the Swaner Team's favorite groups to follow on social media. 



    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Natural History Museum of Utah

    Geomorphological Landscapes


    The Bees in Your Backyard

    The Glacier Institute



    Natural History Museum of Utah

    Utah Plant Identification

    Salt Lake Bug Lovers

    The Glacier Institute

    Watch some of the Swaner Team's favorite films. Swaner will also be hosting virtual film screenings. Go to our calendar page to see and register for these events.


    Amazon Prime

     Besides our Swaner Crane Cam, here are some other wildlife webcams to keep your eye on.

     Keep your ears busy with some of our favorite nature focused podcast episodes.

    Swaner will continue to offer our Walks, Talks, and Workshops program virtually. To view upcoming events and to register, please visit to our calendar page.

    To view recordings of past Walks, Talks, and Workshops, check out Swaner's YouTube channel.

     Books we love! ❤

    • Eager by Ben Goldfarb (Swaner book club rescheduled- stay tuned!)
    • American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee
    • The Secret Knowledge of Water by Craig Childs
    • Deep Creek by Pam Houston
    • Seasons by Ellen Meloy
    • Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
    • The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
    • Basin and Range by John McPhee
    • Plastic Purge by Michael SanClements
    • The Nature Principle by Richard Louv
    • The Humane Gardener by Nancy Lawson

     Check out some of these great volunteer opportunities!