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!

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 India Nielsen (indianielsen@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

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