Jordan River Restoration Project

Date: December 18, 2021

Jordan River Restoration Project

The Jordan River connects Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake wetlands, carving ground through the Salt Lake Valley. As an urban waterway it faces unique problems and provides vital services. It is a habitat for fish, deer, beaver, and fox offering water, food, and refuge from the surrounding urban areas. It is also an important connection to nature for those living in the surrounding areas

Long loved and long used, it has recently been acknowledged the Jordan River needs a little help in getting back to its former glory. You can join Utah’s Hogle Zoo and The Jordan River Commission in helping it get there by joining us for our Jordan River conservation and restoration events. From May-December we will host monthly outings to different portions of the river to perform a variety of conservation and restoration projects from tree planting, to water trail maintenance, to removal of invasive weeds. These are family friendly events and a great way to get outside and become more familiar with our unique and beautiful urban river. If you have questions about these events please contact our Conservation Action Coordinator, Tori Bird, at [email protected].

Saturday January 16th- Help support Monarch butterfly conservation by getting some milkweed seeds to plant. You can pick the seeds up at the Zoo or we can mail them to you. We will also include information about gardening for wildlife as well as a map of the Jordan River and suggestions of where milkweed could be planted there. If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out this form HERE.

Saturday February 20th- Join us and the Jordan River Commission for a Love Your Watershed event. We will be cleaning up trash from along the river and learning about the importance of taking good care of our watershed. Location is TBD. Event will run from 10-12. In the event that we are unable to safely hold an in person event you can pick up supplies at the Zoo to conduct your own cleanup with your “quarenteam”.

Saturday March 20th- Celebrate the first day of spring with us by planting trees at the Jordan River. Location is TBD. Event will run from 9-11.

Saturday April 17th- Get back to the river for our final tree planting event of the spring. We will be planting and fencing young peach leaf willows and cottonwoods at a restoration site along the river. Location is TBD. Event will run from 9-11.

Saturday May 15th- Celebrate endangered species day with us at Roi Hardy Park in Riverton to do maintenance work on the Monarch Waystation we installed there last year. We will weed, install signage, and replant as needed. Event will run from 9-11.

Saturday June 5th- In honor of World Oceans Day we will be doing an in the river canoe cleanup. Space on the canoes is limited and the event will be capped 18 attendees. If you would like to bring your own boat please contact Tori Bird at [email protected]. Event will run from 9 AM to approximately 12PM. Route is TBD.

July 17th- TBD

August 21st- TBD

September 11th- TBD

October 23rd- TBD

November 20th- TBD

December 18th- TBD

Sign up to join us for these events on the Zoo’s website at https://www.hoglezoo.org/jobs_volunteers/jordan-river-conservation-volunteer/

If you have your own boat you would like to bring to one of our floating events please contact our Conservation Action Coordinator Tori Bird at [email protected].