January outdoor calendar

Story by Standard-Examiner staff
January 5, 2011
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OGDEN NATURE CENTER

The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th Street, Ogden, Utah. For more information, please call 801-621-7595 or visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org.

Wild Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Free for ONC members or $2 children/$3 seniors/$4 adults. Today’s topic is “Scaly Tales”. Have you ever wondered what a snake feels like? What about a tortoise shell? Come find out and get an up close look at the Ogden Nature Center’s resident reptiles. Learn what makes reptiles so special in the animal world and how they survive the cold winters while meeting our threatened desert tortoises and a Great Basin Gopher Snake.

Jan. 12: “Wild About Ravens”. How do you tell the difference between a raven and a crow? Come find out as we learn about these mischievous birds. Discover how ravens make and use tools. Meet the Ogden Nature Center’s resident raven Cronk and participate in a raven story. Meet in the Visitor’s Center.

Jan. 19: “Eagles in Winter”. With the help of Des Ta Te our bald eagle, we’ll discuss how eagles survive the winter and learn about local places eagles call home.

Jan. 26: “Mammal Mia!” Learn about the many cool mammals that live in Utah and the Great Basin region. Touch skulls and pelts and learn what makes mammals unique. Learn why you’re a mammal. We’ll put on our coats and gloves and take a short walk with a naturalist to observe live deer and possibly other mammals at the Nature Center.

Scout Saturdays: 9-11:45 a.m. Jan. 15. Scout Saturdays will be held the 3rd Saturday of every month starting this month. Three different sessions will be offered, each lasting 45 minutes. Programs and are designed to help scouts fulfill their merit badge requirements. Reservations are required. Cost: $5 per scout per session/one leader in uniform per group is free. General admission rates apply to siblings and additional adults.

Session 1 (9-9:45 a.m.): Native vs. Invasive. Filling a requirement for the naturalist badge, we will help your scouts identify 10 native plants/animals and non-native species.

Session 2 (10-10:45 a.m.): Conservation. Find out what conservation officers do, why they are necessary, the role they played in history and how to become a conservation officer.

Session 3 (11-11:45 a.m.): Venomous Reptiles. Learn how to tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous species with an up-close encounter with a live snake.

Preschool Discovery Days: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Jan. 20 or Jan. 21. The theme is “Snowball! Snowfall! Cost: $4 per child/one adult chaperone is free/general admission rates apply for all other family members. For ages 3-5. Discover who is hiding under the snow as you learn who, what, when, where and how animals move around in winter. Try sledding and snowman making as you play in our winter wonderland. Please dress for the weather. Programs last one hour. Pre-registration is required.

Beginning/Intermediate Kundalini Yoga: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 24-March 14. $45 members/$50 nonmembers. $10 off if pre-registered and paid for by Jan. 21. Invigorate your body and mind with a beginning course in Kundalini Yoga. Taught by certified yoga instructor Bruce Fisk. Meet in the east classroom of the LS Peery Education Center at ONC. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and blanket. It’s best not to eat for two hours before class. If you must, east lightly. Call to pre-register.

Snowshoe & Sledding Party: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 22. Cost: $2 members/$3 nonmembers includes hot cocoa and winter crafts. Snowshoe rentals available for $2. All ages are welcome. Break out your snowshoes and sliding saucers (or borrow ours) for a day of slippery, snowy fun, weathern permitting. Naturalist-led snowshoe hikes around ONC will start behind the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

WEBER PATHWAYS

Snowshoe & Cross-Country Ski Demo Day: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at North Fork Park. Join Weber Pathways and Ogden Nordic for an afternoon of play in the snow. Come try out some gear from Weber State University’s Outdoor Program and Canyon Sports, or learn how to better use your own. The demos are free, but there is a $5 trail fee to help maintain North Fork trails. For more information, please call Terry at 801-690-6400.

Friday Moonlight Glides: 6 p.m. Jan. 21. Weber Pathways and Ogden Nordic are hosting three moonlight glides this coming winter in North Fork Park. Come and enjoy the scenic cross country trails under the light of the moon. Natural light reflecting off the snow means no lights are required. Bring your friends and ski orsSnowshoe out to a warming fire and then enjoy hot drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Cancellations possible due to weather. Check www.ogdennordic.com prior to departure. For more information, please call Terry at 801-690-6400.

Ladies Snowshoe Outings: 9 a.m. Thursday. The greatest snow on earth is not just for boarders and skiers. Come out and enjoy the spectacular beauty of our trails throughout the winter. Our snowshoe outings are great to exercise and a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends. Join us every other Thursday for some ladies time that’s not to be missed. For location, call Deb (801) 940-7484.

Wednesday Night Hikes/Snowshoe: Wasatch Hikers hiking group has two core beliefs: 1) During each season of the year, no trail in the Ogden area should go unexplored. 2) The worse the weather, the better time we have. Exercise of these beliefs has kept this group mentally and physically healthy. So every Wednesday night, join us at 6:30 p.m. for a new weekly adventure. Information for our next outing is listed in the calendar at www.meetup.com/webercountyoutdoors. E-mail questions to WasatchHikers@gmail.com.

Weekend Snowshoe: 10 a.m. Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 at North Fork Park. Come on out for a morning of snowshoes and sunshine — the perfect way to spend your weekend. Snowshoe about 1.5 hours, eat lunch, than snowshoe back to the trailhead for another 1.5 hours. No dogs, please. Bring a sack lunch to eat on the trail. There is a trail fee at North Fork Park: $5 individual, $10 family. Contact: Craig and Connie Allen, 801-388-1175 or 801-388-2389. E-mail: allenceco@msn.com.

OGDEN SIERRA CLUB

Snowshoeing in Wheatgrass Canyon: Jan. 15. About 6 miles round trip, or about 4 hours, with only moderate climbing. This is one of the most beautful canyons in northern Utah with very interesting cliffs and canyon walls. Also, a good chance to see wildlife. Call Larry at 801-731-3701 for meeting time and location.

Full Wolf Moon snowshoe/ski: Jan. 16 at Mount Ogden Golf Course. Call Joanie for meeting time, 801-399-0034.

WASATCH AUDUBON

Bird Walks: Today at Ogden River Parkway. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Village Inn (322 12th St.) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. to carpool.

Jan. 12: Fort Buenaventura. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Burger King (southeast corner of 21st Street & Wall Ave.) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. outside the Fort.

Jan. 19: Riverdale Parkway. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at McDonald’s (Riverdale Road & 900 West) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot (from Riverdale Road, head south on 700 West for one block, then turn left on 4600 South to lot on right at end of road).

Jan. 26: Beus Pond. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Burger King (4160 Harrison Blvd.) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. at Beus Pond.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 18. Guest speakers Lynn de Freitas and Rob Dubuc will present Friends of the Great Salt Lake Advocacy Activities for Protection of the Great Salt Lake. At Ogden Nature Center (966 W. 12th St.).

Field Trip: Jan. 22 at Hardware Ranch/Willow Park Zoo. Meet at Harmon’s (2nd Street, Ogden) at 6:45 a.m. We need to leave no later than 7 a.m. to get to the ranch before 9 a.m. We will help feed the elk and then visit the Willow Park Zoo. At the beginning of the trip, Les Talbot will collect $5 from each person for the ranch. The zoo does not charge an entrance fee, but does ask for a donation (minimum of $1). After the zoo, we’ll have lunch at the Blue Bird in Logan.

WSU OUTDOOR PROGRAM

Cooperative Backcountry Yurt Trip: Jan. 14-17 to Bloomington Canyon Yurt near Bear Lake. $40 WSU students, $45 non-students. Ages 18 and over. Requirements include good physical condition, avalanche safety equipment and previous backcountry experience in telemark, split board or alpine touring. The yurt sleeps up to 10 and is fully equipped with a large wood stove, cooking equipment and bunk beds. Mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Outdoor Program offices in Annex 9 on campus. For more information, call 801-626-6373 or visit www.weber.edu/outdoor.

REI

SANDY

The following presentations are offered free of charge to the public at the Sandy City REI store, 10600 S. 230 West (South Towne Mall property). Registration is strongly recommended. For more information and to register, please call (801) 501-0850 or visit our website at www.rei.com/Sandy.

Avalanche-Know Before You Go: 7 p.m. Jan. 13. This popular, multi-media talk includes a 15-minute video on avalanche basics followed by a half-hour PowerPoint on how to stay alive in avalanche terrain. This talk is presented by the staff of the Utah Avalanche Center. Suitable for ages 14 and older.

Snowshoe Basics: 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Join REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We will focus on selecting appropriate gear and finding out where to go snowshoeing in your area. If you’ve ever thought about getting into snowshoeing, this is a great introduction to the sport.

Ski and Snowboard Wax & Tune Basics: 7 p.m. Jan. 27. This class will focus on the basics of waxing, including base preparation, structure, major and minor repair, and stone grinding. Our expert technician will also go into an in-depth examination of how and why waxes work.

SALT LAKE CITY

The following presentations are offered free of charge to the public at the Salt Lake City REI store, 3285 E. 3300 South. Registration is strongly recommended. For more information and to register, please call 801-486-2100 or visit our website at www.rei.com/saltlakecity.

Snowshoe Basics: 7 p.m. Thursday. Join REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We will focus on selecting appropriate gear and finding out where to go snowshoeing in your area. If you’ve ever thought about getting into snowshoeing, this is a great introduction to the sport.

The Science of Avalanches: 7 p.m. January 11th. This talk is by Bruce Tremper, the long-time director of the Utah Avalanche Center and the author of “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain”. This talk has been very popular for many years because it covers the geeky side of avalanches in a simple, understandable way. Designed for students whom already have good grasp of avalanche basics but want to know why avalanches behave the way they do. Suitable for ages 14 and older.

Alta 1939: 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Join Charles Keller, avid vocational historian and author of “The Lady in the Ore Bucket”, a history of settlement and industry in the Wasatch Mountains. The book is alive with details concerning the personalities, politics, pacts, occurring 1847 to 1900’s and will delight any reader with an interest in the magnificent canyons that open onto the modern Wasatch Front. This presentation is hosted by the Alta Historical Society.

Ski and Snowboard Wax & Tune Basics: 7 p.m. Jan. 13. This class will focus on the basics of waxing, including base preparation, structure, major and minor repair, and stone grinding. Our expert technician will also go into an in-depth examination of how and why waxes work.

No Magic Helicopter: An Aging Amazon’s Climb of Everest: 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Author and Salt Lake City resident Carol Masheter will give a presentation on her forthcoming book chronicling her preparation for the climb of a lifetime, her struggle to the summit, and her blind descent that threatened her life. Since age 60, Dr. Masheter has summited four of the Seven Summits and many other peaks.

GPS Basics: 7 p.m. Jan. 25 Participants will receive a basic overview of the features and functions of a GPS unit. Instruction includes GPS setup, capturing waypoints, working with coordinates, and waypoint navigation. If you are new to using a GPS unit, this class will help you get started.

MISCELLANEOUS

Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Wattis-Dumke Room on the second floor of Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave. Events include a demo on rock tumbling and a discussion about mining on Ben Lomond Mountain. Guests are always welcome. Questions? Call 801-648-5060, e-mail club@goldenspikegem.org, or visit www.goldenspikegem.org.

Back Country Horsemen of Utah is sponsoring a Trail Riding and Informative Lesson Sessions (TRaILS) informational and educational event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at Davis County Legacy Center. The event is free to the general public. The purpose is toprovide information to horse and mule owners and other non-motorized trail users of Utah concerning trail riding/hiking/biking opportunities throughout the state as well as educational training in the proper use of horses and mules on Utah’s trails. Topics of interest to non-horse users will also be presented. For more information, e-mail allenceco@msn.com or webmaster@bchu.com.

Utah State Parks and local snowmobile dealers will hold the Monte Cristo Snowmobile Open Air Demo and Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Monte Cristo Trailhead. Test ride new sleds,hone your beacon/probing skills, and check out snowmobile merchandise. Cost is $5 per vehicle or free with the Monte Cristo annual parking pass. For more information, call 435-734-9494 or 800-OHV-RIDE.

Brighton Resort and the Utah Avalanche Center will hold a 10-hour avalanche awareness course Jan. 13 and Jan. 14 geared toward sidecountry users. The course begins at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 and 10 a.m. Jan. 14. Cost is $40. Requirements include advanced or intermediate riding skills, beacon, shovel, probe and lift ticket. For more information, e-mail Brandon Dodge at dodgerrow@hotmail.com.

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OGDEN NATURE CENTER

The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th St. in Ogden. For more information, visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595.

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