The Utah Children’s Outdoor Recreation and Education (UCORE) grant funds programming that provides Utah’s children with outdoor recreation skill-building and nature-focused, hands-on learning.

UCORE programs help provide high-quality, outdoor-focused learning experiences to youth ages 6-18, and teach them the physical skills that can make outdoor recreation part of a healthy and active lifestyle. UCORE complements the state’s Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Initiative and hopes to provide more opportunities, so no child is left inside.

UCORE funds programming to help get Utah children, ages 6-18, outdoors — to learn, to gain a skill, and to enjoy the outdoors!

14 grant workshops were held across the state in November 2019. Here is a recording of the workshop presentation.

Elevated Mountain Guides, Project Climb

Elevated Mountain Guides, a 2020 UCORE grant recipient, is committed to empowering underserved communities – locally and abroad – looking to access the outdoors, expand their expertise, and engage with nature. Through their program, Project Climb, they work in local climbing gyms to develop the skills and confidence to get outdoors, utilizing therapeutic techniques to aid their participants in the outdoors and their daily lives. The Utah Children’s Outdoor Recreation and Education (UCORE) grant will help to support this program and expand outdoor access to underserved youth in the greater Salt Lake area.

2020 UCORE Recipients

Project Name
CategoryCountyTotal Project ValueAmount Granted
BGCUC Teen Outdoor Recreation
Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah
Canoeing, Kayaking, RaftingUtah$25,000$5,000
Color Country Natural Resource Camp
Color Country Natural Resource Camp
Cosmic Voyage
Stellar Vista Observatory
Nature-based STEM lessonsKane$15,469$3,000
Developing Youth Confidence in Canoeing
Garfield Economic Development
Canoeing, Kayaking, RaftingGarfield$24,750$4,000
Discover Education through Recreation
Canyon Country Discovery Center
HikingSan Juan$17,500$3,000
Farr West Youth Fishing Club
Farr West City
Healthy Communities
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Skiing or SnowboardingWasatch$180,000$5,000
Jr. Adventurer learning/recreation for youth with disabilities
Common Ground Adventures
Nature-based STEM lessonsCache$100,000$4,000
Kids Camping in the Wasatch
Wasatch Mountain Institute
Nature-based STEM lessonsWasatch$32,250$7,000
Lakeside Learning Field Trip Program
FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake
Nature-based STEM lessonsDavis$29,725$5,000
Nature Education Programs for School Children
Ogden Nature Center
Nature-based STEM lessonsWeber$94,950$3,500
Outdoor Science School for Grand Students
Canyonlands Field Institute
Nature-based STEM lessonsGrand$28,689$6,000
PAWS-On (Plants, Animals, Water, and Soil) Conservation Education
Dinosaurland Resource Conservation and Development
Nature-based STEM lessonsDuchesne$18,000$5,000
Project Climb
Elevated Mountain Guides
ClimbingSalt Lake$20,508$5,000
Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks Youth Outdoor Education
Friends of Arches and Canyonlands
Sanpete 4-H Outdoor Recreation Club
Utah State University Extension – Sanpete
Nature-based STEM lessonsSanpete$18,176$4,000
St. George Outdoors
City of St. George Leisure Services: St. George Outdoors
Swaner Youth Camps Program
Swaner Preserve and Eco Center, an extension program of Utah State University
Nature-based STEM lessonsSummit$148,737$5,000
Swanson’s North Fork Environmental Center Equipment upgrade
Weber School District
Skiing or SnowboardingWeber$5,000$2,500
Uintah 4-H Adventures
Canoeing, Kayaking, RaftingUintah$4,300$2,150
USU Extension Juab 4-H Shooting Sports
Utah State University
Shooting sportsJuab$8,000$4,000
Wasatch Adaptive Sports Adaptive Skiing Program
Wasatch Adaptive Sports
Skiing or SnowboardingSalt Lake$545,797$3,000
Youth Naturalist
Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
Nature-based STEM lessonsSalt Lake$109,260$5,000
Youth Open Shop, Bicycle Collective
Salt Lake Bicycle Collective
BikingSalt Lake$33,608$4,000
Total17 Counties$1,620,523$100,000

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UCORE Grant Eligibility

The types of outdoor recreation or nature exploration categories eligible for UCORE grants are listed below.

We realize that skill building for some activities is best begun in a controlled environment before youth are ready to move to the practice of their skills in a natural or outdoor environment. For example, it may be necessary to teach basic skills for horseback-riding in an arena or enclosed corral or climbing in a climbing gym before moving the activity into the natural environment. A program is eligible as long as the program progresses in the skill-building and ends with the youth in the natural environment.

Contact Tara McKee (tmckee@utah.gov) or Patrick Morrison (patrickmorrison@utah.gov) with any questions.

Nature Discover

  •       Birdwatching
  •       Junior naturalist activities
  •       Nature study (including scientific-oriented activities)
  •       Outdoor stewardship activities
  •       Planting a seed (EKO)
  •       Stargazing/astronomy
  •       Wildlife viewing
  •       Wildlife viewing/photography

Outdoor Adventures

  •       Outdoor adventure challenge course
  •       Camping
  •       Canyoneering/Rappelling
  •       Climbing (all types)
  •       Navigation and/or geocaching
  •       Shooting sports (archery, target shooting, biathlon)
  •       Skateboarding
  •       Slacklining
  •       Outdoor yoga

Trail Activities

  •       Backpacking
  •       Bicycling (any type)
  •       Equestrian (trail)
  •       Hiking
  •       Off-road vehicles (UTV  or ATV)
  •       Trail running

Winter Sports

  •       Outdoor ice skating
  •       Skiing (all types)
  •       Snowboarding
  •       Snowshoeing

Water Sports

  •       Boating (motorized)
  •       Canoeing/ Kayaking/ Rafting
  •       Fishing (all types)
  •       Sailing
  •       Snorkeling/Scuba diving
  •       Stand-up paddle-boarding
  •       Outdoor swimming