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Nature All Around Us

October 19, 2019 to May 25, 2020

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Nature is thriving right under our noses in Utah’s cities and towns. Come meet the wild plants and animals that share our communities in Nature All Around Us, a special exhibition celebrating the Natural History Museum of Utah’s 50th anniversary.

Filled with immersive environments, hands-on interactives, and live animals, Nature All Around Us will engage all your senses in discovering the hidden worlds in familiar places from your backyard to Main Street. Explore the ways our daily lives are intertwined with nature—how trees cool our neighborhoods, how streams carry storm water away from our homes, and how spending time in nearby nature keeps us healthy. Meet the citizen scientists recording the nature in our communities and find out how you can get involved.

  • Buzz through an oversized flower patch and learn about pollinators
  • Crawl beneath the urban forest and see what lives under the trees
  • Find your ideal tree match with the “Timber” app
  • Discover common edible weeds and place your order with a digital chef
  • Meet the surprising diversity of creatures that share the places we live, work, and play

Join us for an opening day celebration on October 19


See the winning images from the Nature All Around Us Photo Contest!


Presenting Sponsor
Alternative Visions Fund

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Major Sponsors
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
I. J. and Jeanné Wagner Charitable Foundation
My Good Fund
Rio Tinto Kennecott

Contributing Sponsors
Dick and Timmy Burton Foundation
Dominion Energy
Janet Quinney Lawson Foundation
JoAnne L. Shrontz Family Foundation
The Silvester Family

Community Sponsors
Bank of America
Preston Chiaro
The DiFiore Family Foundation
Dolores Doré Eccles Charitable Trust Endowment
Bob and Cyndi Douglass
Sue J. Ellis
Emma Eccles Jones Foundation
Four Daughters Foundation
George Q. Morris Foundation
The Gerrish H. Milliken Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation
M Lazy M Foundation
Matthew B. Ellis Foundation
Marriner S. Eccles Foundation
In Memory of Barbara Moreton
Mindy Ramsey
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation
Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Susan and Jack Speer
Paula Swaner Sargetakis and Joe Sargetakis
Val A. Browning Foundation
Wheeler Machinery Co.

Plus, gifts from more than 600 additional friends and supporters

Institutional Support
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks

This exhibition is produced by the Natural History Museum of Utah