“Save Our Canyons Kids promotes a connection between our natural environment and the youth of our community, through peer-to-peer guided outdoor adventures, to inspire students to become future stewards of the Wasatch.”
What is Save Our Canyons Kids?
Save Our Canyons Kids (SOCkids) is a program that facilitates access to and education about the Wasatch Mountains to youth from throughout the valley by collaborating with different youth after-school and summer programs. The majority of youth we work with have spent little or no time exploring the mountains. Bringing them to the mountains to hike and learn about their home helps them develop a sense of place and demonstrate how close and important this ecosystem is to their communities.
Through introducing and familiarizing local kids and teenagers to Utah’s beautiful Wasatch wilderness while facilitating a positive, fun experience we are teaching them to care about this environment, which will create the next generation of environmental stewards. As the new generation emerges, it’s crucial for us to remember the importance of keeping our environment rich and unharmed, and instill those values in the younger generations.
We need your help to make all of this possible! SOCkids is solely supported by grant funding and donations. Printing field journals and buying materials to keep kids engaged on hikes can get expensive. Save Our Canyons is an organization driven proudly by its membership base.
To support the development of SOCkids program please click here to donate.
Who does SOCKids work with?
SOCkids currently has partnerships with local organizations like the Sorenson Unity Center, YMCA, Lied Club and the Boys and Girls Club and Refugee and Immigrant Asian Association of Utah. We aspire to reach a wider range of students from elementary to high school, and plan hikes and lessons relevant to the age levels.
If you are an after school or summer program interested in going on a hike with us, please email Alex@saveourcanyons.org and we would be happy to set up a date!
Where do we go?
Our lesson plans are designed around 5 specific hikes:
- Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon – Learning about our watershed
- Red Pine Lake, Little Cottonwood Canyon – The wonders of Wilderness
- Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon – Importance of preservation
- Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook – Maintaining balance between city and nature
- Grizzly Gulch, Little Cottonwood Canyon – Mountain peaks appreciation
If you have a specific hike that you would like to do we would be happy to adapt one of our lesson plans to fit!
For questions about or to get involved with SOCkids campaign please contact:
Alex Schmidt (Campaigns Coordinator): Alex@saveourcanyons.org
Save Our Canyons office: 801-363-7283