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Our interactions with nature influence everything we do. The art, stories, science, and communities that we create are all embedded within the context of the world around us. Here in Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains inspire us and evidence of change in these environments illustrates our connections to place and the interwoven complexity of societies and ecosystems. Researchers at the University of Utah are conducting research to evaluate the role of nature in influencing cultures, both locally and globally.

flora and bridge in Japanese garden
photo: mehmet canli (CC BY-SA 2.0)


The Environmental Humanities program prepares students in environmental leadership and stewardship, with an understanding about the intersection of ecology and environmental justice.

The Taft-Nicholson Center works to increase environmental literacy, boost environmental awareness and inspire personal connection to nature, bridging the arts and humanities with the sciences.

Red Butte Garden, located on 100 acres in the foothills on the eastern edge of the University of Utah, is an official arboretum of the state of Utah and is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West.

The Natural History Museum of Utah scientists study the past to understand pattern and process, with the belief that this knowledge provides a basis for people to make informed decisions to create a sustainable future.


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