Events for Environment

Family Fun with HawkWatch International

Join HawkWatch International for a Free family-friendly afternoon with crafts, fall treats, face painting and live birds. Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Face painting, fall treats, family-friendly crafts 1:30 - 3 p.m.: Meet live birds and learn about local birds of prey

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Book Talk: Ayja Bounous

How do new generations grapple with the idea that their children may never see snow? Even in Utah, home to "the greatest snow on Earth"? In her new book Shaped by Snow, Utahn and skier Ayja Bounous explores the threats to winter and watershed by climate change, especially in her beloved local Wasatch Mountain Range. From ecological and economic to emotional and psychological perspectives, Bounous calls for action as she realizes just how deeply her personal relationships are tied to snow. Ayja Bounous is a Utah native and avid skier. She holds an MA in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah and bachelor’s degrees in Music and Environmental Studies from Santa Clara University. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase their book from the King's English. Pre-order your copy here: This event is presented by the King's English Bookshop and Torrey House Press. Torrey House Press is supported in part by Utah Humanities; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP); and Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the state of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Re-Bisoning the West by Kurt Repanshek

The bison went from being one of the most common large mammals in North America to nearly being hunted to extinction in the 19th century. In his new book Re-Bisoning the West, journalist Kurt Repanshek traces the history of bison from their near extinction to present-day efforts to bring them back to the landscape—and the biological, political, and cultural hurdles confronting these efforts. Join Repanshek and the Wasatch Audubon Society at the Ogden Nature Center for a presentation on the past of this keystone species, and how they're making a comeback in the United States and bringing important environmental and cultural value with them. Kurt Repanshek is an award-winning journalist well versed in public lands, wildlife, recreation, environmental, and development issues. After graduating from West Virginia University in 1979, he was hired in 1980 by The Associated Press, initially as a temporary legislative relief staffer, but offered a full-time job late that same year. In 1988, when wildfires swept across Yellowstone National Park and captured the world’s attention, he directed and provided coverage of the fires for The Associated Press. He has a diverse journalistic background, having written about the rich biodiversity that lies within Great Smoky Mountains National Park and launched National Parks Traveler, the world’s top-rated editorially independent website dedicated to daily news and feature coverage of national parks and protected areas. This event is presented by the Wasatch Audubon Society and Torrey House Press. Torrey House Press is supported in part by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the state of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium 2019

Free and open to all, the Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium encourages a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed and water quality issues affecting us all. This year's program is filled with unique learning opportunities and thought-provoking presentations. Hosted annually by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration. Keynote speaker Jaimi Butler will share her work at the Great Salt Lake Institute. How Great Salt Lake can teach us about all levels of our watershed and how we can work together to maintain our incredible places.

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The Earth and Us: Sustainability Series

The Earth and Us Sustainability Series is free for members / $5 for non-members; Present a college ID to get $2 off; Ages 12+.

Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment, the climate and other species. From what we choose to eat and drive, to landscaping and light bulb choices, there’s a lot we can do to “choose wild” and reduce our environmental footprint.  Join us this fall to learn what is happening right here in our own community that supports sustainability. For more information go to or give us a call at 801-621-7595.
December 2: Alex Porpora with Utah Society of Environmental Educators

Range 2 River Relay

Bike, boat, and run from the Wasatch Range to the Jordan River! The Range 2 River Relay [] is light on competition and heavy on fun! For those looking to build friendships and have family-friendly fun, join the Team Heat! The first Teammate will bike 3.6 miles along City Creek, the second teammate will boat 3.3 miles of the Jordan River, and the final teammate will run 3.4 miles of the Jordan River Trail. For those looking to test their active transportation and outdoor recreation abilities, try the Individual Heat! Individuals are invited to participate in the outlined course as a triathlon.

Preview the course: Enjoy bites, drinks, and tunes, and learn about local causes at the Finish Line Celebration. Spectators can watch as competitors end the bike leg, start the boat leg, and finish the final run leg. Make sure to stay for the crowning of this years’ Range 2 River Relay champions! Everyone is welcome!