Outdoor calendar - September 4

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September 3, 2013
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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.

Wild Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. Free for ONC members/$2 children/$3 seniors/$4 adults. Meet in the visitor center. All ages welcome. Today’s topic is “Mammal Mia.” Learn about the amazing mammals that live in Utah and the Great Basin region. Touch skulls and pelts and learn what makes mammal unique. Learn why you’re a mammal. Take a short walk with a naturalist to observe live deer and possibly other mammals at the Nature Center.

Sept. 11: “Migration Station: A Back to School Special.” Are you ready to migrate back to school? Kick off the start of another school year by learning about animal migration. Meet live animals that migrate and learn how they travel long distances to find food and shelter.

Sept. 18: “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.

Sept. 25: “Colorful Confusion.” Monarchs are orange, scrub jays are blue, black and white skunks have a message for you. Find out the many different ways that critters use color in nature.

28th Annual Wildwoods BASH: 5 p.m. Friday. $60 per person or $1,000 for a reserved sponsor table of 10. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 801-621-7595, or in person at the Nature Center. The Wildwoods BASH is an annual fundraiser which supports the center’s mission to unite people with nature and nurture appreciation and stewardship of the environment. The event includes a gourmet dinner prepared by some of Ogden’s favorite restaurants, live music by The Blue Sage Band and an auction of outdoor gear, experiences, art and gifts — all inspired by nature. This fun, casual party is held in the Nature Center’s backyard glen.

Scout Saturdays: Sept. 21. $5 per scout. The Ogden Nature Center provides the perfect outdoor classroom for scout activities. Have an ONC teacher/naturalist help your scout pass off merit badge requirements during these 45-minute classes. Reservations and a non-refundable deposit are required. For more information on the requirements for each badge please refer to the website: www.ogdennaturecenter.org/education/scouting-programs.

9 a.m.: Native vs. Invasive

10 a.m.: Conservation

11 a.m.: Venomous Reptiles

llustrated Nature Journaling: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 24. $6 members/$8 non-members. Ages: 16 and up. Explore your relationship with nature through art and reflection. ONC teacher-naturalist Susan Snyder will guide participants as they examine and discuss journals by some famous American naturalists and then hit the trails to try their hand at making some entries. Bring a journal or notebook (unlined pages are best, but lines are OK) and any drawing or writing utensils you prefer. Regular pencils, pens, colored pencils and some watercolors will be provided for participants’ use. Call ahead to register.

Pre-school Discovery Days — Bizzy Buzzy Bugs: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sept. 26 or 27. $5 child/parent members, $6 child/parent non-members. General admission rates apply to all other family members. Group/preschool registration (five or more students) is $5 per child/parent. Teachers and classroom aides are free. A 50 percent non-refundable deposit is required. Pre-registration required. Buzz and crawl your way around the Nature Center as you hunt and net insects. See a spider up close, grow your own wings, sing buggy songs and hear buggy stories.

Kundalini Yoga, eight week session: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 30-Nov. 18. For beginners to intermediate. $45 members/$50 non-members. This Kundalini Yoga class is ideal for beginners or for those who want a gentle Kundalini practice. Bring your own yoga mat and blanket. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and we recommend not eating for at least two hours before the start of class. Taught by instructor Bruce Fisk. Pre-register by calling 801-621-7595.


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.

Birch Creek Trail Guided Hike: 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Water continuously and effortlessly carves through solid rock, twisting and turning past nature’s obstacles. Please join our veteran leader in observing the geology of the area and discovering awesome power of water. Email outreach@weberpathways.org for more information.

Tone & Stroll — Walking for Moms: 10-11 a.m. Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Big D Sports Park in Ogden. An hour cardio and toning workout designed to give you great results and a good time. The only equipment required is your baby and a stroller. Get outside and get some sun and fresh air as you tone & stroll, all while making new friends. Text or call Shauna at 801-564-5522 with any questions.

Progressive Hiking Series: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 10 and 14 to Ben Lomond Peak. This hike is a gradual continuous climb for most of the way with panoramic views of Ogden Valley and North Ogden. The final mile is steeper, but brings you to the approximately 10,000 foot peak overlooking Ogden City. From this peak you can see over 100 miles on a clear day. This hike is approximately 17.3 miles round trip. Make sure to bring lots of water, lunch and some snacks as this will be an all day adventure. Meet at North Ogden Pass parking lot, 1400 North Ogden Canyon Road. Email outreach@weberpathways.org for more information.

Entomologist Guided Hike: 10-11 a.m. Sept. 14 at Beus Canyon Trail. This hike is for the bug lovers. Join our expert entomologist in learning about the amazing world of invertebrates. Insects either go unnoticed or are considered pests. On this hike you will be able to identify common insects and have the opportunity to see the delicately balanced relationships between humans and bugs. Email outreach@weberpathways.org for more information.

Pathways Playdate: 10-11 a.m. Sept. 17. Introduce your children/grandchildren to Weber Pathways Trails by joining us on a discovery walk this summer. We will meet the third Tuesday of each month. Each adventure will be stroller friendly and will be featured on a new trail monthly. Registration is not necessary, however if you register you will receive updates about each walk via email or text. To register send an email to pathwaysplaydate@gmail.com or call Shanna at 801-479-4686.

Kids and Families Guided Hike: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 21 at 31st Street Trailhead in Ogden. Kids and families you are welcome to join us again as we embark on an adventure into the wonderful world of science outdoors. Science Education experts will be utilizing a multitude of tools and supplies from Weber State’s Backpack Science Program to engage children in fun and exciting ways to discover the world around them. Email scienehikes@gmail.com or call 801-682-5545 for more information.


Sardine Peak Hike: Sept. 14. Sardine Peak is located in the Snowbasin area. Eight miles round trip, four hours, moderate. We will hike to the top of Sardine peak using the recently cut trail to obtain outstanding views of Ogden Canyon and Pineview Dam. This trail winds through groves of evergreens,oaks, aspens, and maples. For more nformation, call Larry at 801-690-4335.

Little Wild Horse Canyon/Bell Canyon Loop Hike: Sept. 15. This hike is the most popular hike in the San Rafael Swell for good reason. The canyons are two of the best slot canyons in Utah. The canyons can be hiked individually for a short distance or connected together to provide an easy half day loop hike. An overnighter camp or stay in Greenriver. Meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. Bring two liters of water and lunch. Call Joanie at 801-399-0034 for campsite info and details.

Sierra Club Social: 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at Jock’s yard, 1777 Binford St., Ogden. Ogden Sierra Club is having a social. It’s a pot luck affair, so bring garden goodies, homemade pie, or whatever your tummy desires to share with the group. Plates, etc. and drinks will be provided. This event is open to the public. Come earlier at 4 p.m.for a short hike through Ogden and beyond. Call Jock at 801-394-0457 for more information.

Ice Box Canyon Hike: 10 a.m. Sept. 22. Join us as we Fall into an autumn walk. The air is crisp and the colors are incredible. 10 years old and older welcome. Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors at Ice Box Canyon. Trail is moderate. Please bring plenty of water and be prepared for cooler weather. For more information, call Dan H. at 801-479-1100.


Bird Walks: Today at Willard Bay State Park. Meet at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, Farr West just east of 1-15 exit 349) at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast or at 8 a.m. to carpool. We’ll check to see if the campground is open. If not, we’ll try the South Marina area. This is a fee area.

Sept. 11: Antelope Island Causeway and Fielding Garr Ranch. Meet at McDonald’s (900 W. Riverdale Road) at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast or at 8 a.m. to carpool. Alternatively, meet the group at the parking lot near the entrance to the State Park at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 12: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Meet at 6 p.m. in the refuge loop road parking lot. We’ll pile into as few cars as possible, then head out onto the loop to see who’s there. The trip should take about 90 minutes with an opportunity to socialize afterward. Flat trails. No dogs or children under 12 years old.

Sept. 18: Lagoon Trail. Meet at McDonald’s (900 W. Riverdale Road) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. Alternatively, meet the group at 9 a.m. in the parking area located on the dead-end street (200 West, south off of 600 North in Farmington). This parking lot has ample parking.

Sept. 25: Riverdale Trail (south). Meet at McDonald’s (900 W. Riverdale Road) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot (from Riverdale Rd, south on 700 West for one block, then left on 4600 South). The lot is on the right at the end of the road.

Utah Audubon Council Meeting: 8 a.m. Sept. 14 at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Birding from 8-9 a.m. will be followed by the business meeting. Lunch and refreshments will be provided by the host chapter, Wasatch Audubon. The business meeting continues after lunch with more birding at the end of the day. Everyone is invited, but RSVP to John Bellmon at 801-444-3704.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. John Neill is the Avian Biologist with the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program for the Utah Division of Wildlife. John conducts and coordinates surveys of water birds that utilize the Great Salt Lake for resting, feeding, or breeding. This unique habitat is important for locally breeding birds, but it is absolutely necessary for migrating birds. Come and bring a friend to learn more about this spectacular ecosystem.

Field Trip: 8 a.m. Sept. 21. Bluebird Nest Box Clean Out. Meet at Smith’s (12th and Harrison) at 8 a.m. Bring a lunch and water. This is a great opportunity to serve the chapter and the birds. Everyone is welcome.


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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.