Hartland Community for Youth and Family Jordan River Stewardship - Salt Lake City, UT

by Hartland Community for Youth and Families
Activity Type: Hiking, Stewardship, Water Activities
Region: Intermountain

Hartland's Jordan River Access Stewardship project combines environmental education and adventure with local, community river stewardship.

$3,659 Raised out of $5,000
4 Funders
0 Days Remaining

Please describe your project in more detail.

At Hartland Community for Youth and Families (HC4YF) our mission is to empower the underserved youth and families of West Salt Lake to cultivate a culture of responsibility, respect, and self-discipline through experiential learning gained from outdoor activities, sport and environmental stewardship.

HC4YF was founded by and is still run by its Executive Director Gilberto "Juan" Rejón Magana. Gilberto started the program to keep his children and the children in the Hartland Community of West Salt Lake City out of gangs and away from the drug culture in the area. HC4YF was started to provide a positive after school group and a fun, learning environment. The primary activity when Hartland began was soccer. Soccer is still the main carrot to attract kids into the program and is a vital part of the programming. However, since its inception Hartland has added activities, programs and expanded its reach to include more and more outdoor activities including environmental stewardship. We focus these activities within our community which includes the Jordan River and river pathways. We take canoe trips down the river, bike and walk on the river path conducting art and signage projects and clean up projects along the Jordan river, our river. 

The mission of our organization is supported by this program as we aim to better the river environment for our community. The Jordan River and the River pathway are our closest and most easily accessed natural area. It is home to beaver, many types of birds, turtles, fish and frogs, even coyotes, fox and deer. Unfortunately the river and surrounding areas are not always treated with the pride and respect they are due. Hartland Community for Youth and Families see this as an opportunity to learn and teach that respect and pride though our river trip, clean-up and educational efforts.

Furthermore it is an opportunity to get our kids into this natural environment and help teach them its role in the larger environment and importance in our ecology and lives. Starting here we can begin to teach the importance of taking care of our environment, our community's resources and ultimately each other.     

We are running a trip per week on the Jordan River this summer and into the fall. Toward this effort we have secured donated and discounted time and canoes from Splore Utah and the Salt Lake City Gov..  We have recently added partnerships with The Jordan River Commission and are working on partnerships with the Friends of Great Salt Lake and are actively working on partnering with the Mcgillis School for their water symposium.  Tracy Aviary has also committed to assisting in our educational efforts.

This is a community service and education effort. We have planned 32 trips on the Jordan River and Jordan River bike path with the goal of environmental and outdoor education as well as outdoor recreation and river area stewardship.  These additional partnerships take this project a big step further and this is the focus of this grant.  We aim to provide West Salt Lake youth and their parents with the knowledge necessary to help them serve as stewards of the Jordan River and Great Salt Lake while also building local capacity among these participants to lead canoe and paddle board trips in these watersheds.

Toward this we will have eight community mentors between the ages of 17 and 50 will be trained in:

  1. The principles of watershed stewardship and the unique characteristics of local ecology;
  2. Outreach methods necessary for the promotion of stewardship, as well as trip organization; and 
  3. Boating skills necessary to safely recreate in these environments.



  • Eight community mentors will have participated in “training of trainers” workshops focused on the Jordan River ecology and watershed stewardship. 
  • Eight community mentors will have participated in “training of trainers” workshops focusing on the operation of watercraft and will have participated in a tbd number of boat trips among the 32 trip we have planned on the Jordan River and on the Great Salt Lake.
  • Forty youth between the ages of 7 and 16 will have been educated on the ecology of the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake and the importance of watershed stewardship. 
  • Forty youth between the ages of 7 and 16 will have participated in a tbd number of float trips on the Jordan River among the 32 trips planned as well as on the Great Salt Lake.
  • Twenty youth will be capable of navigating watercraft in rivers and lakes.
  • Development of community based initiatives shall planned for after the completion of the Project.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

40 kids between 7 and 16 years old.

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

Salt Lake City School District

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