Utahns, visitors invited to search for Explorer Corps marker in Sevier County
Sevier County’s natural history marker one of 29 scattered throughout state as
part of Natural History Museum of Utah’s celebrated summer program
How well do you know Utah? You’re about to find out! Each of the state’s counties— including Sevier County — has a specially designed marker that celebrates a lesser-known Utah
wonder just waiting for explorers of all ages to discover by participating in the Explorer Corps!
Back for 2022, the statewide adventure from the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) invites Utahns and visitors to test their Utah knowledge and get off the beaten path.
The Explorer Corps program is set to teach you a thing or two – or even 29 – by placing a specially-designed natural history marker in each of Utah’s counties. All summer long, Utahns and visiting friends are encouraged to seek out the markers and feel inspired and educated about what makes each county in the state unique.
Chances are, you’ll learn something new at many of the markers. For example, did you know that Cache County holds a Juniper tree nearly 1,500 years old? Or that the Nine Mile Canyon in Carbon County is actually 45 miles long?
Getting out to see Utah in a whole new way is a great way to spend a holiday weekend together, and the NHMU is inviting everyone to join the journey in Explorer Corps!
Explorer Corps employs a digital smartphone app and a physical passport to direct users to a distinct physical marker placed in each of Utah’s 29 counties. All summer long, participants are invited to seek out these markers and follow their own path to see what makes Sevier County —and all of Utah—so special.
“On top of everyone’s to-do list this summer is getting outside to enjoy Utah – the best state for outdoor recreation. I can think of no better way to do that than by searching for all 29 county markers,” said the NHMU’s executive director Jason Cryan. “The museum’s Explorer Corps has been designed to blur the line between an educational experience and outdoor adventure and we are grateful for all our partners – and explorers – who continue to bring it to life.”
Designed to celebrate Utah’s diverse natural history throughout the state, Explorer Corps offers many idyllic summer recreation spots to enjoy. Most markers will likely take explorers to places they’ve never been before, creating lasting memories and many chances to learn something new along the way.
For example, Sevier County’s marker honors Clear Creek Canyon, which has been an important area to the native peoples of the region for generations.
If that’s not enough incentive to hit the road, participants can follow @NHMU on Instagram for weekly prize giveaways that include Cotopaxi shoulder bags, NHMU hats, Kuhl water bottles, and more. And don’t forget the Race to 29! Sweepstakes, which offers participants from anywhere the chance to win one of two week-long adventures in a luxury Winnebago from Kellville Vans.
Here’s how to get involved with Explorer Corps:
▪ Download the Natural History Explorer Corps app on iOS and Android on your mobile device
▪ Enter the Explorer Corps sweepstakes for two chances to win a weeklong Winnebago rental
▪ Download the Explorer Corps Passport, or pick one up at participating libraries
▪ Share photos of your Explorer Corps adventures using #ExplorerCorps and get featured on @NHMU‘s
▪ Check out Junior Explorers and all of the extra content on nhmu.utah.edu/explore!
Explorer Corps kicks off at 12 a.m. on Friday, May 27 and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 5.
For more updates and information on the Natural History Museum of Utah’s Explorer Corps program,
please visit https://nhmu.utah.edu/explore.
Join the fun on social media by sharing photos and experiences with the hashtag #ExplorerCorps! Support for Explorer Corps 2022 is provided by the Utah Legislature, Utah Office of Tourism, and the State of Utah COVID-19 Local Assistance Matching Grant Program. Supporting partners include Kellville Vans, O.C. Tanner, Cotopaxi, Kühl, and Utah is Rad. NHMU remains grateful to Big D Construction for its foundational support.