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Great Salt Lake (GSL) is a unique, understudied, and underestimated national landmark. As one of the extreme ecosystems of the world, where life is tested to its limits, GSL provides new territory for exploration, learning and stewardship. We invite you to join with us in our quest to understand the lake and all that it offers.


State of the Salt Lake Lecture - LISTen here!

 On October 28, Great Salt Lake Audubon and Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College hosted a panel discussion, "State of the Lake".  This interactive panel discussion covered issues involved in the receding shoreline of Great Salt Lake. Topics included effects on human health, impact on wildlife, legal questions, and legislative issues.  


John Luft, Utah Department of Wildlife Resources Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program

Dr. Brian Moench, Utah Physicians for a Healty Environment

Joel Briscoe, Utah House of Representatives

Erica Gaddis, Utah Department of Water Quality

Moderator: Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune



SEcrets of the greatest snow on earth November 12, 2015 

Utah has long claimed to have the greatest snow on Earth.  The state itself has even trademarked the phrase. In this talk, University of Utah Atmospheric Sciences Professor Jim Steenburgh investigates Wasatch weather, exposing the myths, explaining the reality, and revealing how and why Utah's powder lives up to its reputation.

Jim is an avid backcountry and resort skier and creator of the popular blog Wasatch Weather Weenies, he is a leading authority on mountain weather and snowstorms and led the award-winning numerical weather prediction team for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. His research on snow, winter storms, and forecasting has been featured by The Weather Channel, New York Times, USA Today, and Salt Lake Tribune. Steenburgh investigates Wasatch weather, exposing the myths, explaining the reality, and revealing how and why Utah's powder lives up to its reputation. Steenburgh also examines ski and snowboard regions beyond Utah, providing a meteorological guide to mountain weather and snow climates around the world for powderhounds and snow lovers. 


Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Auditorium 
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah

When:  7:00 - 8:00 pm on Nov 12, 2015

Buy the book, Secrets of the Greatest Snow On Earth by Jim Steenburgh before and after the lecture thanks toKings English Bookstore.

Email Jaimi Butler with questions

To celebrate the season opening of the Ski & Snowboard Season, Westminster's Outdoor Program will host a gear swap, with all proceeds benefiting a new Outdoor Program scholarship fund. The swap starts at 5pm on Thursday, November 12th, just before the Jim's talk at the Ski & Snowboard Collective shop. The scholarship fund is intended to provide assistance to students who want to participate in Outdoor Program trips, but are unable to afford the cost of the trips. There are two ways you can contribute:

  1. Donate any old or unused gear that you have. This includes everything (except climbing gear), from summer to winter, backpacking to skiing. Gear must be in either currently useable condition, or useable with a reasonable amount of repair. Note: Any donated gear not sold at the swap will be either kept by the Outdoor Program or donated to another organization (like SPLORE or the D.I.), depending on where it would be most useful.
  2. Participate in the swap. We will be selling a wide variety of gear at low prices. Come check out the selection and, if there’s anything you need, pick it up. The swap will be cash only, so make sure to bring some. And tell your friends!

WHERE: Ski & Snowboard Collective shop

WHEN: 5:00 pm Nov 12, 2015

Hosted by Westminster's Great Salt Lake Institute, Enviornmental Center, the Intitute for Mountain Research, and Outdoor Programs.

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