Healthy, strong family relationships are foundational to young people’s growth, learning, and well-being.
These relationships build strong social and emotional strengths that kids use throughout their lives.
But great family relationships don’t just happen..
Welcome to My Discovery Destination!
Discovery Family Adventures
where your family can find plenty of opportunities to
The Discovery Family Adventures provide ideas, activities, and experiences to help build strong family relationships.
Our goal is to strengthen family relationships to help kids be and become their best selves
and to support parents in raising happy, successful, resilient kids in an exciting,
but sometimes turbulent and dangerous world.
Choose from the Adventures listed below
(or design your own family adventure!)
City Nature Challenge: The Wasatch
It's as Easy as Taking a Photo!
Nature is all around us in Northern Utah – and we need your help photographing it from April 30-May 3, 2021, during The City Nature Challenge! This annual international effort encourages people to find and photograph plants and wildlife in cities around the globe using iNaturalist. We call our "city" The Wasatch (a combination of Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, Wasatch, and Weber Counties), and we are one of over 350 cities worldwide taking part.
Cities across the world are competing to document their urban nature in the City Nature Challenge 2021. You can join an international citizen science quest to record and share Utah's rich biodiversity.
Families are invited to catalog every living thing they can find on the free iNaturalist app. Go out and dig deep in your own backyard.
❏ What kind of dandelions are those?
❏ How many different types of grass spiders are in your garden?
❏ Is that a tanager in the tree?
❏ Are those flowers poking through the ground? What are they?
Download the free iNaturalist app to your mobile device
Take photos to make observations of wild plants and animals in your backyard, a park, the foothills - anywhere you find nature
Upload your photos to iNaturalist
Learn more as the iNaturalist community helps identify your observations
This is a great opportunity to let your kids do their science learning during the school closures while also getting involved in a community science project that is fun for all ages and families.
Of course, you can continue exploring well after the program is over!
GOAL: Explore Backyard Science while also helping your community in the 2021 City Nature Challenge
The ADVENTURE: Participate in the 2021 City Nature Challenge
Let the kids take the lead on this project. Let them make the plan, download the app, and teach you how to do it. Be sure to point out all of the great things they do in the process.
Hang some of their favorite pictures from the project up around the house, or even let them create a collage from their pictures. This will reinforce that you enjoy their work.
You can participate in nature any time of the year. Find ongoing opportunities and challenges here.
See information from last year's event HERE.
Learn about local events in Utah HERE.
Community Engagement Adventure
Ready to take this Adventure to a new level?
Get a group of friends involved in the project in their own backyards. Work 'together' online to help each other identify what was found and tell each about your finds.
by City Nature Challenge
Check back often as we will post new Adventures every week
Not sure how the Discovery Family Program works?
Discovery Family Program How-To Visual
My Discovery Destination! Adventures
Sponsored by My Discovery Destination! and local businesses and organizations in your community
for the purpose of
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES and BUILDING CHARACTER.