Outdoor calendar - June 6

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June 6, 2012
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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.

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 “Endangered in Utah.” With the help of Des Ta Te the Bald Eagle and Laser the Desert Tortoise, discover what it means to be an endangered species. Learn what causes animals and plants to become endangered and what you can do to help.

June 13: “Wild Autographs.” Can you walk like a bear? Are your feet larger than a skunk’s? Get the answers to these questions while learning how to identify the amazing autographs that animals leave behind.

June 20: “Summer Celebration.” Come celebrate the summer solstice at the Ogden Nature Center. Find out why some days are longer than others. With the help of a few live animals, discover how animals and plants, including us, adjust to the long days of summer.

June 27: “Owl Tales.” Are owls really wise? Get the answer to that question and more as we meet three different owls and decode the mysteries that surround these amazing birds.

Free Summer Saturdays: Saturdays, June 9 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.

Sunshine Breakfast Benefit: 7:45-8:45 a.m. June 22. Free breakfast to benefit Ogden Nature Center. Donations gratefully accepted. RSVP required by June 15 to 801-621-7595. Space is limited. Come to the center for a sunny, summer breakfast on the back lawn behind the Visitor Center. Learn more about the Ogden Nature Center and the many programs that bring our community closer to nature.

Outdoor Summer Concert featuring Brown Bird: 7 p.m. June 28. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children (12 and under). Purchase tickets online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org or in person at the center. Pack a picnic, bring low-rise chairs or a blanket, and get ready for fabulous summer nights at the Ogden Nature Center. Hailing from Providence. R.I., Brown Bird is a two-person acoustic band that plays original, traditional American music in the best sense possible.

Summer Camps: Camps for age groups ranging from 2-16. 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 July and August are all posted online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org.

June Camps:

Animal Explorers: Ages 4-6. June 25-29, 9 a.m.-noon

Wildlife Detectives: Ages 8-10. June 11-15, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with a sleepover Thursday from 6 p.m. to Friday morning at 8 a.m.

X-treme Eco-Expedition: Ages 11-14. June 18-22, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with a sleepover Thurs. from 6 p.m. to Friday morning at 8 a.m.


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.

Pineview Loop Path Trail Cleanup: 5-7 p.m. Thursday. For these sessions, we will pick up trash, sweep sections that are really sandy/gravelly, trim bushes, pull dyer’s woad, and/or apply stencils to sections of trail funded by RAMP. Bring work gloves and any refreshments that you want. Meet at Valley Elementary parking lot.

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.

Science Hikes: 8-9 a.m. June 16 at Indian Trail. Students and professors from Weber State University’s College of Science have come together to share their passion and knowledge of our local surroundings by leading informational hikes discussing the local terrain and resources in our very own backyards. Botany leaders will discuss the local & diverse plant life in Ogden Canyon.

Wild Edibles Hike: 9 a.m.-noon June 16 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.


Lewis Peak hike: Saturday. This will be a strenuous hike covering ten miles round-trip with a 2,300-foot elevation gain. It will take about six hours. We’ll start at the North Ogden trailhead and hike to tremendous views of Pineview, Mt. Ogden, Ben Lomond, and the Great Salt Lake. Lewis Peak is the highest point between Willard Peak and Mt. Ogden. Call Larry for meeting place and time, 801-690-4335.

Bear Hollow trail hike: June 30. Located near Causey Dam and Camp Kiesel. It’s about 7-8 miles round-trip, approximately 800 feet of elevation gain, moderate, and will take about 4 hours. This trail is in a wooded area with beautiful rock formations, and moose, elk, and deer in the area. Call Joanie at 801-399-0034.


Bird Walks: Today at Sherwood Hills. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, just east of Exit 349 on I-15) for breakfast or at 8 a.m. to carpool.

June 13: Green Pond. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Dylan’s (12th and Monroe) for breakfast or at Smith’s parking lot (12th and Harrison) to carpool at 8 a.m.

June 20: Lagoon Trail in Farmington. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (Riverdale Road and 900 West) for breakfast or at 8 a.m. to carpool.

June 27: Riverdale Trail (South). Meet at 7:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (Riverdale Road and 900 West) for breakfast or at 8 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot (from Riverdale Road, south on 700 West for one block, then left on 4600 West to lot on right at the end of road).

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. June 19 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 112th St. Keith Evans will present Wildflowers of Northern Utah.

Field Trip: 8 a.m. June 23. Annual Bluebird Nest Box Census. Meet at Smith’s (12th & Harrison in Ogden) at 8 a.m. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with Mountain Bluebird, Tree Swallow, and House Wren eggs or young. Bring a lunch and water. RSVP to Les Talbot at 801-589-2591.


Kayak roll session: 7-9 p.m. June 14 at Weber State Swimming Pool. $8 with own equipment/$20 equipment included. Ages 16 and up. No prior experience necessary, but swimming proficiency required. Come join the experienced team from Rapid Progression Kayak School as they provide some great instruction on how to roll. ACA-certified instructors. Registration is required at least 24-hours in advance. Please call 801-626-6373 or stop by to register.

Summer Summit Series: 6 a.m. June 24. Ben Lomond Peak via North Skyline Trail. Non-technical, but excellent fitness required. Meet at the top of North Ogden Divide in the parking lot.

AMGA single-pitch instructor assessment: June 18-19 at various sites around Ogden. The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program is the only nationally and internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program. Candidates should be passionate rock climbers that have their own equipment, regularly climb and have been rock climbing outdoors for at least 12 months. $300 WSU students, $325 non-students. Ages 18 and up. For more information, visit www.weber.edu/outdoor/SPI_Exam.html.


Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. June 20 in the Wattis-Dumke Room on the second floor Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. This month’s program will focus on Australian opal. 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:club@goldenspikegem.org, or visit www.goldenspikegem.org.

The Beehive Rock and Gem Club will meet at 7 p.m. on June 28th at the Ogden Airport Terminal. Come join us for interesting and informative presentations and demonstrations. Start a new hobby, sharpen the skills you already have, share information and learn new secrets, go on great field trips, make new friends. Guests are always welcome. Need more information? Visit www.beehiverockandgem.com.

Antelope Island State Park will host a transit of Venus solar viewing from 4:30 until sunset today. Join members of the Ogden Astronomical Society for a rare event when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth. Stop by the visitor center anytime between 4:30 p.m. and sunset to view the sun through special solar viewing glasses. Call 801-721-9569 for more information.

At 3 p.m. on June 7, the park will present “Life and Times of Lake Bonneville.” Meet the park naturalist at 3 p.m. in the visitor center theater to discover the intriguing past of this ancient granddaddy lake of Great Salt Lake. Call 801-721-9569 for more information.

Adventure West Scuba will host the Great Scuba Olympics at 9 a.m on June 16. Competitors participate in a number of events. Points are awarded to each team for completion of each event. The team accumulating the most points at the end of the day becomes the Scuba Olympics champions for 2012. Prizes will be awarded for teams in the order of finishing. Some of the games included are an egg & spoon race, tug o’ war, tank tow, three-legged fin race, balloon lift, underwater run, underwater dart throw, find the golf ball, and aquatic tic tac toe. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Event begins at 10 a.m. $20 per participant ($25 includes gear). Space is limited. Call 801-476-1300 or e-mail AdventureWestScuba@relia.net.

Golden Spike National Historic Site will host ranger-guided walks around the Big Fill walking trail on Saturday in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day. This 1.5-mile walk will be offered every hour starting at 10 a.m. with the last walk at 3 p.m. For more information, call 435-471-2209.


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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.