Outdoor calendar - March 7

Story by Standard-Examiner staff
March 7, 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. Today’s topic is “Oh Deer!” Large ears that never stop moving! Antlers that grow back every year! The ability to run at speeds over 45 miles per hour! What it is? Mule Deer! Join us for a special program all about one of our favorite and most fascinating mammals that call Utah and the Ogden Nature Center home. Sing along to deer songs, search for live deer, and play a fun and educational game all about this antlered animal.

March 14: “Going Green: A Special St. Patrick’s Day Program.” Green is the theme for our St. Patrick’s Day program. Once again it’s time to get your green on and discover why so many things in nature are green. Go on a scavenger hunt around the Nature Center searching for all things green. You’ll be amazed at what you can find!

March 21: “The Wild Truth: A Pre-April Fools Day Event.” Nature can weave some pretty tall tales, but that doesn’t mean they’re not true. Prior to April Fools Day spend some time listening to true stories from our wild world. Discover how weather has changed history and examine some of the most unbelievable animals and plants on the planet.

March 28: “Shorebirds 101.” Get up close and personal with Einstein the American White Pelican whose beak can hold more than his belly can. Learn about the special adaptations that shorebirds have. Discuss the importance of Great Salt Lake and learn about different shorebirds that call Utah home.

Who’s Afraid of the Dark?: 6-8 p.m. Thursday. $4 members / $5 non-members. A full moon program & night walk! Join an Ogden Nature Center naturalist to discuss moon phases and lore, fear about the dark and how people, animals and plants adapt to the world of low light. We’ll go on a night walk without flashlights, listen and look for animal activity, then return to the Visitor Center to make a star wheel to take home.

Gourd Birdhouses: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. $16 members / $20 non-members. Ages: 10 and up. When is a fruit not a fruit? When it’s a birdhouse! Just in time for our annual Birdhouse Competition, Tess Woods, Ogden’s own “Gourd Lady” and local educator, will teach you how to make your very own one-of-a-kind birdhouse from a gourd. All materials and tools will be provided and you will walk away with a completed birdhouse to hang in your yard — or enter in the Nature Center’s competition/ Space is limited. Call and pre-register by 2 p.m. Friday.

Preschool Discovery Days: “Floats & Fins & Things That Swim.” 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. March 15 or 16. $5 per child/adult pair non-members / $4 members. Ages: 3-5. Try finding a frog or spotting a turtle as we explore the world of creatures that swim. Time will be spent inside as well as outside, enjoying fishy stories and making a fish magnet to take home. Outside exploration of pond life will be included.

Scout Saturdays: 9 a.m.-noon March 17. Fulfill merit badge requirements for Native vs. Invasive, Conservation, and Venomous Reptiles. $5 per scout. Have our teacher/naturalists help your scout pass off badge requirements during one of our 45-minute workshops. Reservations and a non-refundable deposit required. Please call to pre-register.

Growing up Wild Teacher Workshop: 4-8 p.m. March 21. $40 includes two resource guides. Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Project WILD’s Early Childhood workshops help teachers integrate nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into early childhood education programs. Participating teachers are eligible for four re-licensure points. Please contact Charice Bourdeaux by email at charice@usee.org or call 801-328-1549 to register.

Call for Birdhouse Entries: Enter your hand-crafted birdhouses in the 19th Annual Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit. All ages may enter up to two works, and there is no entry fee. For complete guidelines and an entry form visit the website. Entry deadline is March 31. Sponsored by the Utah Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Egg-cellent Adventure: Birds not Bunnies Egg Hunt: 10 a.m.-noon March 31. $3 members / $5 non-members. Are you ready for a unique Easter egg hunt? Join the Ogden Nature Center’s teacher/naturalists on a true egg hunt challenge. Spring is the season for new birth. In this activity participants will learn about nesting birds found around the Nature Center and then try their hand at bird identification. Several nests with painted wooden eggs will be the object of the hunt as you make your way along Nature Center trails. Locate and record your finds from each nest to win a prize. Make and take crafts and bird stuff to explore. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. March 30.


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.

Moonlight Glide: 7-9 p.m. Friday at North Fork Park. Cross-country skiing by moonlight. For more information, contact Jim at jim@ogdennordic.com or 801-391-5789.


Moab Area Trip: 3 p.m. March 17 through March 18. We’ll hike to Corona Arch, an arch large enough to fly an airplane through (if you’re a good enough pilot with a small enough plane), on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, we’ll hike the Neck Trail in Canyonlands National Park. This trail offers a good idea of what is in Canyonlands.

Antelope Island Sentry Peak hike: 10 a.m. March 25. This trail has just been opened up in the last couple years. One of the Antelope Island trails that’s been closed to the public for 100 years. Relatively unexplored, you’ll experience awesome views of the Great Salt Lake as well as the scenic southern end of the island. Round trip is 7 miles (10.5 km). Hiking time is about five hours. The difficulty is moderate. Elevation gain is 1,114 feet. No dogs are allowed. Call Joanie at 801-399-0034 for information.


Bird Walks: Today at North Arm Pineview Reservoir. Meet at Dylan’s (12th and Monroe) for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. or at Smith’s parking lot (12th and Harrison) to carpool at 9:30 am. Depending on conditions in the area, we may alter the location.

March 14: Kays Creek Parkway. Meet at 8 a.m. at McDonald’s (5745 S. Harrison) for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool.

March 21: Riverdale Parkway. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (Riverdale Road & 900 West) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. at trip start: From Riverdale Road., drive north on 700 West for two blocks, right on 4300 South, then right on 600 West to the parking lot.

March 28: Ogden Cemetery. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Dylan’s (12th and Monroe) for breakfast or at 9:15 a.m. at the cemetery entrance at 20th and Jefferson.

Tundra Swan Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Compton’s Knoll at Salt Creek WMA. Wasatch Audubon members will be assisting DWR personnel and scopes will be available.

WAS meeting: 7 p.m. March 20 at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Jack Rensel will present Experiences at the Ogden Nature Center during 2011.

Field trip: 8:30 a.m. March 24 at Utah Natural History Museum. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Village Inn (1780 W. 5600 South, Roy) for breakfast. We will carpool from there. The cost is $9 for adults or $7 for seniors (65 and older).


Red rock/Zion spring break trip: March 13-18. Mandatory pre-trip meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Outdoor Program (annex 9 on WSU campus). Come join the OP as we explore the southwest desert. From climbing in Red Rock, Nevada to hiking the canyons of Zion, UT, participants will witness first hand some of the greatest natural wonders of the world. OP staff will provide plenty of instruction on climbing and canyoneering techniques. $75 students, $85 others. Transportation included in cost, and some equipment will be provided. Previous climbing experience preferred. For more information, call 801-626-6373.

Introduction to Mountaineering course: Classroom sessions 6-8:30 p.m. March 21 and 22 at Outdoor Program (annex 9). Field session 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24. This class is aimed at those participants who desire to learn mountaineering skills, or improve upon existing knowledge. Basic mountaineering skills preferred. $45 students, $50 others. For more information, call 801-626-6373.

Kayak roll session: 8-10 p.m. March 29 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.


Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is accepting applications for employment for local youth aged 15 to 18 for the Youth Conservation Corps, a nationwide program to get the nation’s youth outside, learn about conservation, experience our public lands, and gain invaluable work experience. Bear River will be hiring six youth this summer for an eight-week term, with a variety of projects planned like working on trail creation, wildlife surveys, invasive plant control and outdoor skills and training. The program will run from June 18 through Aug. 10 and pays minimum wage. Applications are due to the refuge by April 13. For more information, please visit the refuge website at www.fws.gov/bearriver/ycc, or email Jason_Stsauver@fws.gov.

Cabela’s has started its Great Outdoor Days event at its store in Lehi. With free seminars, product demonstrations, giveaways and activities for the kids, this free-to-the-public, multi-day event helps people get a jump on everything great about the great outdoors. For more information, visit www.cabelas.com.

Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. March 21 in the Wattis-Dumke Room on the second floor of Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave. Grab Bag Fill for our upcoming April show will be held in the Theater Annex. Guests are always welcome. Come 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.


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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.