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Penguins enjoy the sun and water at Hogle Zoo. For information on summer activities at the Salt Lake zoo, visit www.hoglezoo.org.

Get out into the sun and explore nature as part of a multitude of outdoor activities offered along the Wasatch Front this summer.

You can celebrate an elephant's birthday, eat unique foods at the Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City and watch birds at the Tracy Aviary perform tricks. Here's a quick glance at some things to do:

Utah's Hogle Zoo

What: Celebrate the birthday of Hydari, the zoo's oldest elephant, or attend a ZooCamp to learn about different animals.

Where: 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City

When: June 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ages: Camps are open to children in first through seventh grade.

How much: The birthday party is free with the cost of zoo admission, while camps are $180 for members and $200 for nonmembers.

Information: www.hoglezoo.org

Wheeler Historic Farm

What: Tour the Wheeler family farmhouse, take a tractor-drawn wagon ride, milk a cow or participate in a day camp.

Where: 6351 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City

When: Monday through Saturday. Tours are given hourly, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and wagon rides happen every half hour. Milkings begin at 5 p.m., while camps run June 9 through Aug. 22.

Ages: Camps are for children ages 6-12. Other activities are open to all ages.

How much: Camps are $60. Prices vary for other activities.

Information: www.wheelerfarm.com

This Is the Place Heritage Park

What: Celebrate Flag Day with live music, exhibits and breakfast. Other summer activities include day camps where children can learn to care for animals or ride a pony.

Where: 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City

When: Flag Day is June 14, while camps will be June through August. The park is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Ages: Camps are open to children ages 6-11. People of all ages can participate during Flag Day.

How much: Camps are $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers.

Information: www.thisistheplace.org

Farmers Market

What: Buy fresh produce, bread, pastries and cheeses, eat unique foods for lunch and view dozens of handmade crafts for sale.

Where: Historic Pioneer Park, 300 South and 300 West, Salt Lake City

When: Every Saturday, June 14 through October, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ages: all ages

How much: free

Red Butte Garden

What: Explore the gardens with a family discovery backpack, tour the children's garden or sign up for a summer day camp.

Where: 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

When: The gardens are open daily May until August, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Camps run June through August.

Ages: Varies depending upon activity. Camps are available to children age 12 and younger.

How much: Most events are free with admission or require a minimal free. Camps cost as much as $120.

Information: www.redbuttegarden.org

Ogden Nature Center

What: Take a bird walk with wildlife expert Jack Rensel or learn about the different howls of animals in Yellowstone National Park.

Where: 966 W. 12th St., Ogden

When: The bird walk is May 24, 9-10 a.m. The howl workshop will be on June 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Ages: All ages

How much: The bird walk is free for members and $3 for nonmembers. The howl workshop is $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members.

Preregistration is required.

Thanksgiving Point

What: Spend a "Family Night on the Farm" learning about things such as cows, birds and planting a seed.

Where: Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

When: Monday nights, 6-8 p.m.

Ages: All ages

How much: $3.50 for ages 3 and older. Free for members.

Tracy Aviary

What: Watch the performing talents of various birds as they fly, hop and entertain. Also sign up for a weeklong camp to learn about things such as flight, feathers and nesting.

Where: 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City

When: Bird performances are Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Camps are held weekly, beginning on June 16.

Ages: Camps are open to ages 4-9. Performances are for all ages.

How much: Shows are free with admission. Camps are $120 for nonmembers and $105 for members

Information: www.tracyaviary.com

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation

What: Sign up for a summer camp to experience various recreation opportunities or create various arts projects.

Where: Recreation centers across the valley. Contact your local county recreation center for details about activities in your area.

When: June through August

Ages: All ages

How much: Varies

Heber Valley Railroad

What: Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and participate in a magic show and hay maze.

Where: 450 S. 600 West, Heber City

When: May 24-26

Ages: 2 years and older

How much: $18 for people older than 2

Information: www.hebervalleyrailroad.org