Outdoor calendar - October 3

Story by Standard-Examiner staff
October 3, 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 3:45 p.m. Free for ONC members/ $2 children/ $3 seniors/ $4 adults. Meet in the visitor center. Today’s topic is “Owl Tales.” Are owls really wise? Get the answer to that question and many more. Meet two different owls and decode the mysteries that surround these amazing birds.

Oct. 10: “Nature’s Natural Timekeepers.” Did you know trees are some of nature’s best timekeepers? Take a short hike with one of the Ogden Nature Center’s teacher/naturalists and practice your leaf peeping skills as you discover how and why leaves change color.

Oct. 17: “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 with a threatened Desert Tortoise and a Great Basin Gopher Snake.

Oct. 24: “Batty About Bats.” Utah has 18 species or kinds of bats. Kick off the Halloween season by learning about these misunderstood and amazing flying mammals.

Oct. 31: “Monsters in Our Backyard: Halloween Comes to Wild Wednesdays.” Come dressed as your favorite wild thing (anything in nature will do) and discover what monsters live at the Ogden Nature Center. Learn why snakes hiss and how tarantulas move. Then test your nerve with a creepy crawly challenge.

Early Childhood Teacher/Childcare Environmental Education Workshop: Choose a date: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 or 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 3. $40 (includes both curriculum guides and carries four re-licensure points). The Utah Society for Environmental Education and Ogden Nature Center are offering workshops for pre-K through second grade teachers and childcare workers who want to incorporate environmental education with their students through Project WILD’s “Growing up WILD” curriculum and Project Learning Tree’s “Early Childhood Environmental Experiences.” Go to www.usee.org to sign up or email charice@usee.org. Pre-registration is required. For questions, please contact Susan Snyder at 801-621-7595 or ssnyder@ogdennaturecenter.org.

Running Wild: 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 13. $5 members/ $6 non-members. All ages welcome. Beginning to intermediate level. Three-mile trail run included. Explore the Ogden Nature Center in a whole new way by running the trails. Teacher/naturalist and runner Andrew Revelle will lead you around the Nature Center and provide a running clinic to improve your technique and help you explore the exciting world of running in nature. Andrew was on the University of Virginia track team and the 2012 winner of the Fly with the Flock Fun Run.

Creatures of the Night: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20. $5 members/ $6 non-members. All ages welcome. The Ogden Nature Center education staff presents this not-so-scary Halloween event for the whole family. Learn about native, nocturnal creatures like owls, bats, spiders and toads. Take a crepuscular creep around the nature preserve where you’ll meet and learn from some “wild” characters. Make fun fall nature crafts, get down low at the spider web crawl, enjoy face painting, carnival games and more.

Mad Science — Decomposers: 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 27. $8 members/ $10 non-members. Ages six and up. Take some worms, add a little garbage and what do you get? Fertilized soil and a whole lot of fun! Join the Ogden Nature Center and Mad Science as we explore decomposition and its vital role in the food chain and our environment. Please RSVP by phone by 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

Preschool Discovery Days — Leaves and Trees: Choose a date and time: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Oct. 29 or 30. $5 per child-parent members/ $6 per child-parent non-members. Teachers and classroom aids are free. A 50 percent non-refundable deposit is required. Pre-registration required. Ages three to five. Discover the many things we use each day that come from trees! Race samara seed “helicopters,” play leaf tag and learn about the palms, teeth, veins, and needles of Earth’s tallest, oldest, and largest organisms.


Wednesday Night Hikes: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday nights throughout the month. Locations vary. Refer to www.meetup.com/webercountyoutdoors or email wasatchhikers@gmail.com for more info.


South Skyline Trail hike: Oct. 7. We will 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. As this is a car shuttle, please do not bring dogs. This trail is popular with hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Bring lunch and water. Call Joanie at 801-399-0034 for more information.


Bird Walks: Today at Riverdale Trail (South). Meet at McDonald’s (Riverdale Road and 900 West) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to car pool. We’ll drive south on 700 West for one block, then right on 4600 South to the parking lot at end of the road.

Oct. 10: Kays Creek Parkway. Meet at McDonald’s (5745 S. Harrison Blvd.) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool.

Oct. 17: Riverdale Parkway. Meet at McDonald’s (Riverdale Road and 900 West) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to car pool. We’ll drive north on 700 West for two blocks, then right on 600 West to the parking lot.

Oct. 24: East Mountain Wilderness Park, Kaysville. Meet at McDonald’s (5745 S. Harrison Blvd.) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool.

Oct. 31: Ogden Nature Center. Meet at 8 a.m. at Village Inn (322 W. 12th St.) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. at the nature center.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Ogden Nature Center (966 W. 12th St.) . Speaker Jason St. Sauver, a park ranger for Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Field Trip: Oct. 20 at Antelope Island Causeway and Garr Ranch. The Causeway and the Ranch are the best places to bird in Northern Utah. Meet at the parking lot south of McDonald’s in Riverdale (Riverdale Road and 900 West) at 8 a.m. or at the Causeway Kiosk at 8:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and water. RSVP to Les Talbot at 801-589-2591.


Annual Bloomington Canyon Yurt Cleanup: Oct. 5-6. Volunteers welcome. If interested, call Daniel Turner at 801-626-7354.

Annual Gear Sale and Swap: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12 at WSU Waterfall Plaza (north entrance of Student Union Building). Join the Outdoor Program for incredible deals on used and new outdoor equipment. This year’s sale will include downhill skis, X-country skis, snowboards, snowshoes, tons of nearly new Rossignol ski boots, snowboard boots, kayaks, canoes, paddles, life jackets, tents, sleeping bags and more. Be sure to get there early for the best selection on the best equipment. Private sellers are welcome. Table space will be available. All sales are the sole responsibility of the seller and all transactions are individual. If you are interested in bringing a business to the sale, please contact Daniel Turner at 801-626-6373.

Fall Break Moab Trip: Oct. 18-21. Mandatory pre-trip meeting 5 p.m. Oct. 11. Students only. $85. Inflatable kayaks and climbing equipment provided. Come join the Outdoor Program as we take a much needed break. Kayaking the Colorado River, climbing on desert sandstone, and hiking some of the most beautiful landscape in the southwest. What more could you ask for? Students will learn how to enjoy and preserve what the region has to offer. Call 801-626-6373 for more information.

Westminster College Collegiate Climbing Comp: Oct. 26. Free. Students only. Call 801-626-6373 to register.


Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Wattis-Dumke Room at Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. This month’s meeting features a geology of caves DVD and elections for 2013 officers. Guests are always welcome. Questions? Call 801-648-5060, email 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.