Saving land from development is just the beginning of truly protecting that land forever. We work with our land owners to ensure the values that make their property unique and irreplaceable remain intact. We monitor all our conservation easements annually. In addition to annual monitoring, we strive to create and maintain long-term partnerships with our land owners to facilitate enhancement and restoration of preserved lands.
At Summit Land Conservancy, we work with willing land owners in a rapidly growing region to permanently protect and conservation natural and agricultural lands. We place conservation easements on properties that provide important natural resources and encompass sensitive habitats. Our natural lands conservation easements may integrate recreational uses or purely protect sensitive ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Agricultural easements preserve the capacity of our landowners and thus our region to produce food locally and facilitate the use of best management practices to protect soil health and water quality. Summit County, Utah is known for breathtaking scenic views and exceptional recreational opportunities (world-class skiing and mountain biking, road biking and hiking). These vast opens lands provide a quality of life that is irreplaceable.
Nature play is vanishing. American children are spending close to 8 hours each day with electronic media and only devoting 2% of their living and breathing time to the outdoors. Children instinctively love nature however they will want to care for it more if they develop a relationship with the outside world. The Kids Outdoors program focuses on providing regular visits to protected open space for unstructured free play for disadvantaged youth, and primarily the Hispanic community. Our flexible, safe, community-based program allows children to fully take charge of their own learning. The nature play that our program participants engage in, helps develop their imaginations, cognitive, reasoning and observation skills, social interactions and relationships, levels of fitness, self-discipline, concentration, and development of adult conservation values.
Outdoor Explorer’s Summer Camps:
Each summer, we host week-long summer camps for ages 7 - 12, and a Little Explorers camps for ages 5 - 6, that are jam-packed with outdoor adventure. Campers have a chance to experience a unique combination of structured outdoor recreation adventures and free “nature play” in local open spaces. This program focuses on teaching natural and cultural history on the open spaces that make Park City special. Children actively engage in learning ecology, botany, biology, wildlife identification, local history, and other topics outside of the traditional classroom setting. They also learn the importance of stewardship, and what it means to be a junior land conservator!
Summit Land Conservancy teams up with Wasatch Brewing to hunt for local hops in the Park City area! Hops Hunters will have the opportunity to seek wild-growing hop binds, which are descendants of plants tended by German miners. On the hike, we discuss local history and identify native and invasive species. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash and friendly! Once the hops are harvested, a limited edition open space beverage will be brewed and sold through Wasatch Brewery. A portion of the profits from the truly local brew will be given to the Conservancy to protect additional open spaces in Summit County!