Outdoor calendar - September 5

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September 5, 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. All ages welcome. Today’s topic is “Exciting Eagles.” Join an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist and two of the Ogden Nature Center’s resident eagles to discover amazing eagle adaptations. Learn about the personal survival stories of Sundance and Des Ta Te, two of the Ogden Nature Center’s resident eagles.

Sept. 12: “Migration Station.” 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. 19: “Close Encounters of the Natural Kind.” Have you ever wondered what the world looks like to an ant? Using a microscope you’ll get the chance to find out. With the help of an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist, you’ll have a close encounter of the natural kind.

Sept. 26: “Fall into Autumn.” Fall has arrived! Help the Ogden Nature Center bring in the new season as we learn how animals and plants adapt to a changing environment of less sunlight and cooler temperatures. Remember to wear your best flannel shirt!

27th Annual Wildwoods Bash Dinner and Auction: 5 p.m. Friday. $60 per person or $1,000 for a reserved table of 10. Purchase tickets on the website or by phone at 801-621-7595. Enjoy a feast prepared by Ogden’s finest foodies, tap your feet to live jazz by local musicians Don Keipp, Ryan Conger and Brett Wright, and bid on outdoor gear, experiences, art and gifts — all inspired by nature. This fun, casual party is held outside at the Ogden Nature Center’s backyard glen. Proceeds benefit the Ogden Nature Center’s award-winning education programs and two beautiful nature preserves totaling 175-acres of open space in our community.

Scout Saturdays: Sept. 15. $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

Kundalini Yoga: Eight-week session for beginners to intermediate. Monday evenings, Sept. 17 through Nov. 5 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. $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. Please pre-register by calling 801-621-7595.

Mad Science — Fantastic Fliers: 6 p.m. Sept. 20. $8 members/ $10 non-members. Ages six and up. Join the Ogden Nature Center and Mad Science for a learning adventure in flight and aerodynamics. In this one hour workshop, discover the forces that affect flight: lift, thrust, gravity, and drag. Make and test various plane designs to see these forces in action, and then see it live with one of the Ogden Nature Center’s flying friends. Please RSVP by 4 p.m., Sept. 19 to 801-621-7595.

Preschool Discovery Days — Leaves and Trees: Choose a date and time: Sept. 25 or Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. $5 per child/ parent members, $6 per child/parent non-members. General admission rates apply to all other family members. Ages 3-5. Pre-registration required. Call 801-621-7595 to register. Discover the many things we use each day that come from trees! Race samara “helicopters,” play leaf tag and learn about the palms, teeth, veins, and needles of Earth’s tallest, oldest, and largest organisms.


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.


Sardine Peak hike: Sept. 15 to Sardine Peak in the Snowbasin area. Eight-mile loop, four hours, about 800 feet of elevation gain, moderate. We will hike to the top of Sardine Peak on a recently cut trail where we will get stellar views of Ogden Canyon and Pineview Dam. The trail winds through stands of evergreens, aspen and maple trees. Perhaps we will see some wild turkeys. Call Larry at 801-690-4335 for more information.

Wellsville Mountains hike: Sept. 29. The Deep Canyon Trail ascends rapidly and steadily for about three miles to the divide of the Wellsville Mountains at approximately 8,100 feet. The total elevation gain nears 3,000 feet. Some past hikers have dubbed the Wellsvilles the steepest range on earth, and new hikers will soon become believers. This range reportedly has more raptors winging by during migratory season than any other in America. Bring lunch and water. Call Joanie at 801-399-0034 for more information.


Bird Walks: Today at Little Mountain Railroad trail. Meet at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, just east of exit 349 on I-15) at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast or at 8 a.m. to carpool. We’ll walk south along the railroad grading from the parking lot on 4000 North. This is the road leading west from Smith and Edwards.

Sept. 12: Two Rivers Trail. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant (North on 1100 West from 21st Street in the Flying J Plaza) for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool.

Sept. 19: Willard Bay State Park. Meet at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, just east of Exit 349 on I-15) at 7:45 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:15 to carpool. Remember this is a fee area.

Sept. 26: Fort Buenaventura. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at McDonald’s (1111 Washington Blvd,) for breakfast or 8:30 a.m. at the Fort.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. The speaker is Wendy Wilson, Park Naturalist for Antelope Island State Park.

Field Trip: 8 a.m. Sept. 22. Blue Bird Nest Box Cleanout. It is important that we prepare the nest boxes for next spring. Meet at Smith’s (12th & Harrison in Ogden) at 8 a.m. Bring a lunch and water. RSVP to Les Talbot at 801-589-2591.

Utah Audubon Council: Sept. 29 and 30. Saturday 9 a.m. field trip 6-8 p.m. potluck and program. Sunday 8 a.m.-noon business meeting. See flyer on WAS website or call John Bellmon at 801-444-3704 for more detail.

Board Meeting: The board of directors will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. All members are welcome.


Annual Mount Ogden Homecoming Hike: Sept. 15. Registration 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Snowbasin. 8.4 miles round trip, 3,400-foot elevation gain. Start at Snowbasin parking lot, trail follows ski area access roads to saddle. Longer, more difficult hikes also via Taylor Canyon and Beus Canyon. The bus will pick up participants at University Village at 7:15 a.m. and the Browning Center at 7:35 a.m. The bus is first come, first served. Participants riding the bus can expect to return to WSU at approximately 4 p.m.

Ninth 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.


Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Wattis-Dumke Room on the second floor of Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. This month’s program will be on minerals. 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, email club@goldenspikegem, or visit www.goldenspikegem.org.

Clinton City Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to form a fall fishing club for ages six to 12. The club will meet from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays starting this week and running through Oct. 11. The cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Class meets at the city pond, 2415 N. 3000 West. Learn how to cast, equipment, knots, fish biology, ecology, and water safety. Equipment provided, or bring your own. Adult volunteers needed. Space is limited, so sign up early at the city recreation office, 1651 W. 2300 North. For more information, call 801-614-0780.


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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.