Schools Out! Now What?

By Cynthia Bee, Conservation Garden Park

Keeping kids busy and active during the summer can be a challenge (especially on a budget), but Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks is offering a new way to beat summer boredom with a Kids Summer Passport Program. Anyone younger than 17 can participate and visit new places around Salt Lake County for free or at a discount—and Conservation Garden Park is one of the destinations. Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick up a passport from your local Salt Lake County Library.
  2. Visit any of the destinations listed in the passport and make sure Conservation Garden Park is one of your stops!
  3. Earn stamps from at least 5 different destinations.
  4. Bring your passport back to the library to reserve your spot at the final destination celebration at the Clark Planetarium.

Conservation Garden Park isn’t just a great resource for adults to learn about landscaping, it can also be a fun destination for the entire family. Come get a stamp in your passport and explore the Garden’s exhibits. There is plenty to do and see! While you are at the Garden, be sure to check out some of these special features:

Mountain to Tap Exhibit: Ever wonder what it takes to get water all the way from the mountains to your kitchen tap? At the Garden you can learn about the process and even walk through a giant pipe! At the end of the exhibit there is a water-filling station where you can fill up your water bottle and rehydrate.

Giant Chess Board: Take a break and play a game of chess on the Garden’s outdoor giant chess board. This is an activity sure to keep you and your entire family entertained.

Compost Salad: Learn about proper composting and help create compost for the garden in this hands-on exhibit. Kids can use the supplied shovels to help mix the compost in our large compost “salad bowl.”

Hundreds of Utah-friendly plants: Each area of the Garden features plants that are suited for Utah’s unique climate. Feel free to explore with your kids. You might find a chocolate flower, which like its name suggests, smells like chocolate! Or you could peek at some the succulents in the succulent garden.

Wasatch Seasons Fountain: Before you leave, check to see if the fountain in the main plaza is trickling. Unlike most fountains, our fountain only works if there has been rain! It operates on site water collected during storms and runs until all the water has evaporated.

The Garden is open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm. With so many fun things to do, we think you’ll enjoy visiting us. See you this summer!