Party in the Park

by Megan Hatch, Conservation Garden Park

Conservation Garden Park will host its annual Party in the Park on August 18th from 4-7 pm. This free event includes live music, food trucks, entertainment for the whole family, and an opportunity to stroll the Garden to see hundreds of Utah-friendly plants.

If you attend, here’s what to expect:

Butterfly Releases:

More than 500 butterflies will be released into the Garden during the party. The first release will be held at 5:00 pm in the main Garden plaza and the second release at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in watching a release, arrive early to allow for parking and walking to the release area.

Reverse Osmosis Treatment Plant Tour:

Did you know one of the largest reverse osmosis water treatment plants in the West is located right behind Conservation Garden Park? Stop in for a tour and see how water can be cleaned for drinking through reverse osmosis—an innovative purification method that uses pressure to push water through a membrane, leaving unwanted particles behind.

Water Taste Test:

Come test your palate at the water taste testing booth. Think you can tell the difference between water that comes from different sources? Staff from Jordan Valley Water will be at the party to let you sample water from three separate treatment plants.

Scavenger Hunt:

Pick up a scavenger hunt stamp card when you arrive at the party. Activity stations will be spread throughout the Garden. If you visit them all, you can turn in your stamp card for a prize.  Each activity station is manned by volunteers with Utah State University Extension’s “PUPS” program (Preserve Urban Pollinators) and provides hands-on learning through fun activities.

Kids Create:

Take what you learn at Party in the Park and spread it to your own neighborhood- literally.  A children’s craft project to create wildflower seed bombs, sponsored by Nature’s Finest Seed, will be available in the Education Center.  Chalk art and other fun activities are available throughout the garden.

Animal Shows:

Get up close and personal with animals from Wild Wonders, Hawk Watch, and the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.


Before and after the butterfly releases, come enjoy live music on the plaza from Smokin’ Wood Bluegrass and the Brian Bingham Band.


Don’t forget dinner! Kona Ice, Fry Me to the Moon, Comfort Bowl, and Pompeii Pizza will all be at the Party. Grab some food and enjoy the night.

Party in the Park will be held at Conservation Garden Park (8275 S. 1300 W. in West Jordan) and is being sponsored by Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, Utelite Corporation, The Landscape Center at Asphalt Materials, George K. Baum & Company, Glover Nursery, Rocky Mountain Power, Skydrop, and Chanshare Sod Farms. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit