OGDEN NATURE CENTER
The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th St. in Ogden. For more information, please visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595. The Nature Center will be closed on July 4 and 24.
Wild Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Free for ONC members/$2 children/$3 seniors/ $4 adults. Meet in the visitor center. All ages welcome. Today’s topic is “Shorebirds 101.” Get up close and personal with Einstein, the Ogden Nature Center’s American White Pelican, whose beak can hold more than his belly can. Learn about the special adaptations that shorebirds have. Discuss the importance of the Great Salt Lake and learn about the different shorebirds that call Utah home.
July 18: “Dip into Summer.” The dog days of summer are finally here! There’s no better time to grab a net and explore what lives within the Nature Center’s ponds. You never know what or who you might find.
July 25: “Utah’s Stories.” Join an Ogden Nature Center naturalist in celebrating Utah’s unique history. Travel back in time as we share stories and folk tales from Utah’s past. Then take a short hike to learn about Utah’s special geologic history.
Free Summer Saturdays: Saturdays through Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission for everyone, all day, thanks to Weber County R.A.M.P. funding. Also free nature activities at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Saturday. Join an Ogden Nature Center naturalist for a guided nature walk, lesson, animal presentation or craft. Lessons will vary every week. Check the website for details.
Ogden Valley Garden Tour: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 14. $15 ONC members/ $20 non-members. Tour eight magnificent residential gardens in Ogden Valley. Discover ideas for your own garden and revel in the colors, textures and design of these unique spaces. Purchase tickets online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org, in person at the Nature Center, or at the gardens on the day of the tour. The tour will be held rain or shine — no refunds. There will be art and treats in the gardens — some free samples and some available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Nature Center. The Garden Tour is presented by The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design. For more information and garden locations, visit the website.
Summer Camps: Join in the summer fun and expand your nature knowledge! Single-day and multi-day adventure camps are available all summer long. Registration is required. For more information, pricing, and to register campers, please call 801-621-7595. Full details and more camps in August are posted online. July camps:
Mudpuppies: 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Thursday. Ages 2-3.
Trail Tales: 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Friday. Ages 2-3.
Doo Wap Hop & Bop: 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. July 26. Ages 2-3.
Bugology: 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. July 27. Ages 2-3.
Wild Wings: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 16-20. Sleepover from 6 p.m. July 19 to 8 a.m. July 20. Ages 4-6.
Fledgling Fireside Adventure: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. Ages 4-6.
Growing Groceries: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 25. Ages 8-10.
Stories of Utah’s Past: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 9-13. Sleepover from 6 p.m. July 12 to 8 a.m. July 13. Ages 9-11/
Creepy Crawly Critters: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3. Sleepover from 6 p.m. Aug. 2 to 8 a.m. Aug. 3. Ages 7-9.
Wasatch Hikers: Wednesday evening hiking group can be found every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. hiking a different trail in the Ogden area. Our creed is exercise is good for the body, mind and soul. The trails in the area are better than the gym. So if you want a group to hang with, or just have time for just one hike, we look forward to meeting a new friend. For information on our next outing visit: http://www.meetup.com/webercountyoutdoors/ and check the calendar under the meetups tab.
Singles Mingles Hikes: If you’re 45 years old or older, single, and want to mingle…come join Polly on a wonderful series of trail outings. These outings are on most Thursdays at 6 p.m. and won’t last longer than two hours. Outings will run until Sept. 29. This is a great way to meet other singles in the area and enjoy nature together. To register and for location, please call Polly at 801-645-3236.
Longer Distance Hiking: Come along for guided long-distance hiking to see some of the best views Weber County has to offer! These hikes will generally occur at 7:30 a.m. Friday mornings during the season and end around noon. Please check with the leader for specific times and locations. Call Helene for hike location at 801-745-1799.
Antelope by Moonlight Ride: 10 p.m. Friday at Antelope Island State Park. $17-$27. Enjoy this popular, non-competitive bike ride open to participants of all ages. Ride starts at the Antelope Island Marina and travels to the historic Fielding Garr Ranch where refreshments are served. The entire route is 22 miles on an asphalt road. Proceeds from the ride are used for visitor-oriented projects on the island. To register, visit daviscountyutah.gov/go/moonlight.
Science Hikes: 8-9 a.m. July 11 at Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Geology leaders will discuss ancient Lake Bonneville. For more information, call 801-682-5545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 14: 8-11 a.m. hike to Malan’s Peak. Weber State College of Science staff and student leaders will talk about about physiology and changes in your body while hiking. For more information, call 801-682-5545 or email email@example.com.
Wild Edibles Hike: 9 a.m.-noon July 28 at Green Pond. Dozens of wild, edible plants grow in the region of Northern Utah. Several almost certainly live in your own backyard. Join us for a walk to learn what edibles grow in our area and how to use them. Contact James at 801-755-9274 for further info.
OGDEN SIERRA CLUB
Mollens Hollow Overlook Hike: Today. This fun family hike has become an Independence Day tradition. Six miles round trip atop a rolling plateau in the cool and remote Monte Cristo Range. Scenic vistas and spectacular wildflowers are guaranteed. Bring a snack, water and insect repellant. Call Dan S. at 801-393-4603 for meeting time and place.
Skyline Trail Hike: July 15. Start at the North Ogden Divide Trailhead. Approximately nine miles. This trail has steep switchbacks, both on its north and south ends, but these are worth your trouble because the trail’s main length follows the relatively easy ridgeline or “skyline” running from North Ogden Divide to Ogden Canyon. This trail is popular with hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Bring lunch and water. Call Joanie at 801-399-0034.
Dog Lake Loop Hike: July 28 in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Six miles, 3.5 hours, 1,700 feet of elevation gain, moderate. This hike passes through groves of aspen, spruce and fir trees. Part of the hike is in the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area. It is not uncommon to see moose in the area. The lake is located in a forested basin. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Call Larry at 801-690-4335 for more information.
Bird Walks: July 11 at Bird Song Trail Area. Meet at Dylan’s (12th and Monroe) for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. or at the trailhead (west parking lot area of Rainbow Gardens) at 8:30 a.m.
July 18: Perception Park, South Fork. Meet at Dylan’s (12th and Monroe) for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. or at Smith’s parking lot (12th and Harrison) to carpool at 8:15 am.
July 25: Jefferson Hunt Campground. Meet at Dylan’s (12th and Monroe) for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. or at Smith’s parking lot (12th and Harrison) to carpool at 8:15 a.m.
Field Trip: July 21. Annual Flower Walk. The flowers will be blooming, the birds will be singing, so it is time for our annual flower walk at Monte Cristo Campground. Meet at Smith’s (12th & Harrison) at 8 a.m. Bring water and a lunch. RSVP to Les Talbot at 801-589-2591.
WEBER STATE OUTDOORS
Weber River Inflatable Kayak Trips: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 14 and July 28. $20 WSU students, $30 non-students. The Weber River has some great opportunities for novice whitewater enthusiasts. Come join us as we attempt to beat the summer heat. Please bring snacks, water, and some dry clothing to change into. All participants must be able to swim confidently. Ages 18 and up. Meet at the Outdoor Program, 3301 University Circle, WSU campus. For more information, call 801-626-6373.
Summer Summit Series: 6 a.m. July 15. Mount Ogden via Beus Trail. Meet at Beus Canyon Trailhead. All hikes are free to WSU affiliates and the public. For more specific information on hikes please e-mail Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekend Snake River Raft Trip: July 20-22. $90 WSU students, $110 non-students. If you are looking to liven up your summer, look no further. The WSU Outdoor Program presents “Big Waves, Big Fun” in Alpine Canyon on the Snake River near Jackson, Wyo. Transportation and equipment included in cost of registration. Mandatory pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. July 16 at the Outdoor Program (annex 9 on campus). For more information, call 801-626-6373.
Weber Basin Anglers will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 10 at Sportsmans Warehouse in Riverdale. Meeting starts with a half hour of fly tying followed by the regular meeting. We hope to have a report and pictures from DWR fisheries biologists of the latest trout population study conducted on the Weber River from the mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale. We also may hear from Trout Unlimited’s Western Water Project staff on their current activities.
Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. July 18 in the Wattis-Dumke Room on the second floor Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. This month’s program will focus on basic first aid. Guests are always welcome to our meetings. Join the club, enjoy the fun field trips, and start a new rock hobby. Questions? Call 801-648-5060, e-mail:email@example.com, or visit www.goldenspikegem.org.
Antelope Island State Park will host a Junior Ranger Program at 10 a.m. Saturday in which participants will learn about Antelope Island’s pioneer history. From 11 a.m. to noon, stop by Bridger Bay Beach to visit with a park interpreter about lake life and other fun facts. Microscopes will be on hand for viewing and discovering lake wonders. At 7 p.m. in the visitor center amphitheater, enjoy the sounds of the Red Desert Ramblers, a swinging local band with national recognition. The Ramblers play bluegrass, classic country and swing music. Please bring camp chairs or blankets as seating is limited. All events are free with paid park admission. Call 801-721-9569 for more information.