Accessibility is one of the Wasatch Mountains’ biggest draws. From half-day hikes to multi-day campouts, you don’t have to travel far to reap the benefits of an exciting expedition just beyond your backyard. But how much do you actually know about the resident flora, fauna and furry creatures?

From June 19–21, Utah Valley University in Heber Valley will host its first ever Wasatch Wildlife Weekend, an outdoor-educational retreat for nature lovers and recreationalists. The two-and-a-half day event is loaded with workshops, field trips and hands-on learning with the pros who have found their calling in Utah’s outdoors—and who want to share their knowledge with you.

Co-hosted by the Division of Wildlife Resources, the Wasatch Wildlife Weekend isn’t some boring lecture-conference, where the free coffee is the only thing keeping you awake. Interactive sessions will be held along the Provo River, in Provo Canyon, at Deer Creek, aboard the Heber Valley Railroad, and from the saddle of a horse. Yes, some workshops will be held in a classroom, but the roundtable discussions are all about participation.

In the field, “students” will learn about Utah’s wildlife management, tips on nature/wildlife photography, the art of fly tying and casting, the history and geology of Utah’s tribes and lands, and so much more. It’s also likely you’ll gain a new appreciation for Dutch oven cooking, edible plants, bird watching, archeological discoveries and the sharp-shooting cowboy talent of the Hired Guns duo.

A boon for educators: The fun, weekend-long workshop counts towards two continuing education credits.

Fees are $129 per person, $239 per couple or $109 per child ages 12+ for the whole weekend. Attendees must pre-register by June 9 (meaning no last-minute/on-site registration). Sign up online or call 801-863-8012.


Thurs., June 19, 6–10 p.m.
Fri., June 20, 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sat., June 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

For a full schedule, visit the event’s website.


UVU Wasatch Campus, 3111 North College Way (N. Hwy 40), Heber City