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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NEWS: Salt Lake Acting Company Announces Auditions

WHAT:           Auditions for SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2014
                        By Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht
                        Director: Cynthia Fleming
                        Musical Director: Kevin Mathie

WHEN:           Tuesday, January 21st & Wednesday, January 22nd 2014
11:00am-3:00 pm.

WHO:             Men ages 18 - 40, Women ages 18 - 40

                        Prepare a joke and an upbeat song. Bring a headshot and resume.          
5-minute time slots. An accompanist will be provided.

WHERE:        Salt Lake Acting Company
                        168 West 500 North, SLC, UT 84103
                        (801) 363-7522

AUDITION:   Must have an appointment and headshot and resume.
            Call (801) 363-7522 for an audition time and more information. Equity and non-Equity. SLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

SCHEDULE: Rehearsals begin May 12, 2014 and will be held Mon-Fri 12pm-5pm 
and Sat 10am-6:30pm

RUNS:             June 25-August 31, 2014 with shows Wednesdays through Saturdays @ 7:30pm, Sundays @ 1pm and 6pm.


GRANT & TWAIN, a World Premiere by Elizabeth Diggs
February 5 – March 2, 2014
Wednesdays through Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 1pm and 6pm       

Tickets range from $15-$41 depending on performance.  Student, Under 30, Senior and Group discounts available – call 801-363-7522

Salt Lake Acting Company
168 W. 500 N. SLC, UT

SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c) in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists.  SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.

Elizabath Diggs' Grant & Twain @ Salt Lake Acting Company (SLC: Feb 5 - Mar 2)


“I think the most interesting personality I ever encountered was General Grant.  How and where he was so much larger than other men I had ever met I cannot describe.”
                                                                        -Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

It’s the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Salt Lake Acting Company is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Elizabeth Diggs’ GRANT & TWAINFebruary 5 – March 2, 2014 winner of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. The Civil War was fought on our soil; a fight between countrymen, neighbors and brothers. It was America’s bloodiest conflict, but the outcome would determine what the nation would be: an indivisible nation where all men are created with an equal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  SLAC is joining our nation as it commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with a look at one of the war’s central figures, Ulysses S. Grant.

In keeping with the commitment to make a significant contribution to the community and to the American theatre field by developing and producing new plays, SLAC presents the World Premiere of GRANT & TWAIN, which was part of SLAC’s New Play Sounding Series in 2013. Playwright Elizabeth Diggs says, “When I started work on this play more than three years ago, I never imagined that it would take me so deeply into the most important crisis for our country. The terrible reality of the Civil War produced bloody carnage that was unimaginable, but also stunning heroism and sacrifice. I spent time with two men, opposites in temperament, whose genius defined America. And I discovered the awesome story of what they accomplished together. I feel profoundly grateful to SLAC that the play is being produced during the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, while we are reexamining the meaning of that crisis and what it means today.”      

Ulysses S. Grant was the hero of the Civil War. He was one of the greatest military leaders in the nation’s history. As 18th President of the United States he championed civil rights and peace. But by 1884 he had lost his entire savings in a Ponzi scheme. He was seen as a failure of a president; his administration being riddled with corruption and scandal. His life and legacy was full of contradiction.

Mark Twain was the most famous writer in America. He was brash, opinionated and fearless.  Twain had just broken a seven-year writer’s block to finish Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain, 13 years younger than Grant, idolized him as the man who saved the Union. When he heard about the swindle, he was determined to help Grant restore his honor and provide for his family by publishing the book himself and making it a blockbuster success.  It was a big gamble -- Grant had never written a book, and Twain went into precarious debt to publish Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant in a daring subscription plan. It was a remarkable act of generosity.

In 1884 Grant and Twain forged an unlikely and unbreakable friendship. Diggs parallels the clever wit of Twain with Grant’s logical sensibility in capturing the story of friendship between two iconic American heroes. GRANT & TWAIN explores these two intriguing, complex characters in a story of friendship, courage, betrayal and triumph. This engrossing play reveals the real-life struggles and desires of these historic figures, giving audiences an intimate view of America during and following the Civil War.

Taking on the mantle of two such distinct, multi-faceted characters is no easy task, but SLAC is elated to welcome Utah favorite, Morgan Lund as Mark Twain and veteran actor Marshall Bell, whom audiences will recognize from his extensive television and film work, as Ulysses S. Grant. Lund returns to the SLAC after last being seen in his unforgettable performance as Rothko in RED. His natural confidence, humor and bold choices make him a perfect fit for Twain.

Bell is taking time away from his rich, varied career in Hollywood to make his debut at SLAC. His gives an effortless performance reflective of his experience and talent. Bell turns a cold, historical figure into an approachable, intriguing, human being. Lund and Bell are joined by a stellar cast of actors who work together to give these remote events new vitality and breath.

As part of this theatrical event, SLAC is delighted to be partnering with Fisher House SLC, an organization that provides a place to stay, free of charge to families of veterans while their loved one is receiving medical treatment. Veterans often travel long distances in order to receive medical care at the Salt Lake VA; Fisher House SLC provides veterans and their families a comfortable environment that offers hope, community and healing. SLAC is asking their generous audience to bring items found on the Fisher House SLC website, which includes: cleaning products, non-perishable food items, gift certificates and landscaping items. For a complete list, please visit fisherhousesaltlakecity.com

SLAC is also excited to partner with West High School’s U.S. History and Literature classes for classroom readings and discussions of GRANT & TWAIN. SLAC will host these students and teachers for a free performance of the play. Integrating arts and education with the topics of History and Literature enhances educational opportunities, and we are proud to introduce GRANT & TWAIN to the students and teachers of West High.    

As the country joins together to celebrate and remember the sacrifices made to create these United States, Salt Lake Acting Company is pleased to contribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with this fascinating look at two of its major influences, GRANT & TWAIN. SLAC encourages Utah families to take advantage of this opportunity to commemorate this historic event with a night of engrossing, moving, World Premiere theatre.

Elizabeth Diggs’ plays include NIGHTINGALE, CLOSE TIES, GOODBYE FREDDY, AMERICAN BEEF, DUMPING GROUND, PRICELESS, HOW TO PLANT A ROSE, and CUSTER’S LUCK. They have been produced at the Vineyard Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, and regionally at SouthCoast Rep, the Long Wharf, Victory Gardens, the Alley Theatre, Capital Rep, and many others. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Smith and Kraus. She is the book writer for the musical MIRETTE (with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt), developed at the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab, which premiered at the Godspeed Opera House and was produced at Sundance Children’s Theatre. She was awarded a Guggenheim grant in playwriting, an NEA development grant, and a commission from SouthCoast Rep. Prizes include the Los Angeles DramaLogue award for playwriting, the CBS/FDG prize, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays grant, and runner-up for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Liz wrote for the groundbreaking TV drama, “St. Elsewhere.” Liz is a professor of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Dramatists Guild and PEN. She grew up in Tulsa, is a graduate of Brown, and lives in Manhattan and Chatham, New York.

Keven received the Mayor’s Artists Award in the Performing Arts in 2009. He was awarded the 2008 City Weekly Award for directing THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Salt Lake Acting Company. His other directing credits at SLAC include BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, RED, ANGELS IN AMERICA: PARTS I & II, THE OVERWHELMING, RABBIT HOLE, I AM MY OWN WIFE, BAD DATES, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, GOING TO ST. IVES, WATER LILIES, THE MEMORY OF WATER, TWO-HEADED, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE, C’EST MOI in MERE MORTALS and THREE DAYS OF RAIN. Keven has designed all of SLAC’s sets and many of the costumes for the last 18 years. He has also designed 16 sets for The Grand Theatre. He designed sets for ACCORDING TO COYOTE, WEST SIDE STORY, CROW AND WEASSEL, and SOUTH PACIFIC at Sundance Theatre. His designs have also been seen at Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Kingsbury Hall and the Babcock Theatre. His work for the Utah Arts Festival includes site design for the 20th anniversary. He received a BFA from the University of Utah and a MFA in Theatre from the University of Michigan.

MARSHALL BELL (Ulysses S. Grant)
Marshall Bell is pleased to be making his debut at Salt Lake Acting Company. Marshall first took an interest in acting in high school, after performing as Elwood Dowd in the play HARVEY. After high school, Marshall didn’t act for over 20 years. He majored in sociology at the University of Colorado and served three years in the army.  Prior to starting his acting career, Marshall was working as a consultant, teaching executives how to improve their speaking skills. Marshall then began a career in film, and has a long list of major motion picture credits. Including, BIRDY, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART TWO: FREDDY’S REVENGE, TOTAL-RECAL, THE VAGRANT, STAND BY ME and STARSHIP TROOPERS. He has also been seen in many TV series, including WISEGUY, THE X-FILES, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, HILL STREET BLUES, HOUSE, and DEADWOOD.

MORGAN LUND (Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens)
Morgan is playing Mark Twain and is in a Civil War frame of mind. Morgan has been a professional actor, writer, producer, director, teacher and artist for 34 years. With very strong union affiliations, he has worked in theatre, film, television, radio, print, business, opera, orchestra, dance, theme parks and universities across the United States and around the world. Morgan has appeared in over 200 plays since 1980. He was a resident company member with the Hilberry Acting Company (1977-80) and The Cleveland Play House Resident Acting Company (1980-88). A freelance actor since 1988, he has worked with Center Stage, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New City Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Ensemble Theatre, CAT CO, Shakespeare and Company, Dobama Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company and many more. He has shared the stage with Arthur Miller, Austin Pendleton, Derek Wolcott, Johnny Bolt, Roger Danforth, Theresa Meritt, Liz MacKay and Tina Packer to name a few. As a film and television actor, Morgan has been in some very good and some not so good films. He once had three different feature films running on HBO, in one of which he died horribly!  He has also been a guest artist with the Sundance Film Lab on many occasions.

DAVID SPENCER (Adam Badeau)  
David is well known to long-time SLAC audiences, having appeared here in many roles, chiefly as Roy Cohn in both parts of ANGELS IN AMERICA (first production; 1995/96) as well as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and thirty-plus other characters in Doug Wright’s solo play I AM MY OWN WIFE.   David has extensive local credits from his work with Pioneer Theatre Company, Plan B Theatre, Pygmalion Productions, The Grand Theatre, Sundance Summer Theatre, and Walk-Ons, Inc.  Since his last appearance at SLAC (MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS; 2007) he has been living in New York City and working regionally in THE 39 STEPS, WEST SIDE STORY, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SUICIDE CLUB and THE GRAPES OF WRATH.  Most recently, after years of swearing off all things to do with A CHRISTMAS CAROL, he played Ebenezer Scrooge for New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi.  “Never Say Never.  Life opens up in the most glorious ways when you say ‘Yes.’”

RYON SHARETTE (William Perkins Ingersoll)                                                                                           
Ryon is a recent graduate of the University of Utah Actor Training Program. GRANT & TWAIN marks his SLAC debut and his first role in an Equity theatre after graduation. For Pioneer Theatre Company's internship program, he has appeared as Robert Martin in EMMA and as Adrian in THE TEMPEST. For The Classical Greek Theatre Festival, his credits include Oedipus in OEDIPUS THE KING, The Herdsman in IPHIGINIA IN TAURUS, Admetos in ALCESTIS and Pentheus in THE BAKKHAI. Credits in The Babcock Theatre include Valentine in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Antipholus of E. in COMEDY OF ERRORS, Chris in ALL MY SONS, Banquo in MACBETH, Jesus in THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, Riff Raff in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Trigorin in THE SEAGULL and Borachio in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Recent roles for Salty Dinner Theatre include John Watson in SHERLOCK HOLMES, Clyde in BONNIE AND CLYDE and Frederick in PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

BRIEN K. JONES (Harrison Terrell)
Brien is honored be in cast in the World Premiere of GRANT & TWAIN and to also make his debut in a full Salt Lake Acting Company production. He has been cast in past SLAC New Play Sounding Series (NPSS) readings including PERMANENT COLLECTION (Sterling North), THE OVERWHELMING (Joseph Seromba), FRANKINCENSE (Reader) and COURTING DISASTER (Kaman Holmes). Brien has also had the good fortune to appear in several Salt Lake City theater productions including MISS EVERS’ BOYS (Dr. Brodus) with the EttaGrace Black Theatre Company; CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (The Bus), LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION! (Gregory) and BOYS IN THE BAND (Bernard) with Wasatch Theatre Company; MASTER HAROLD…AND THE BOYS (Sam), A SOLDIER'S PLAY (C.J. Memphis) and JITNEY (Turnbo) with People Productions; and A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Joseph Asagai) with the University of Utah Babcock Theatre.

KATHRYN ATWOOD (Julia Dent Grant)
Kathryn is thrilled to be back on stage at SLAC! She was last seen here for a staged reading of Elaine Jarvik’s TWO STORIES. Audiences may remember Kathryn as Paulina in Sting and Honey’s 2012 production of Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE. She will be appearing for them again this spring as Julia Tesman in HEDDA GABLER. Keven Myhre previously directed Kathryn in David Ives’ play MERE MORTALS at SLAC in 1998. She has also been seen on stage locally for Pygmalion productions, Utah Contemporary Theatre and at Sundance. Before living in Salt Lake City, Kathryn lived and worked in New York City, London, Key West and San Francisco. Kathryn is the Director of Development at Red Butte Garden.

Director                                                           Keven Myhre 
Lighting Design                                               James M. Craig
Sound Design                                                 Josh Martin
Set Design                                                      Keven Myhre
Costume Design                                             Kevin Alberts
Dialect Coach                                                 Adrianne Moore
Production Stage Manager                             Janice Jenson

Salt Lake Acting Company

Grant & Twain
By Elizabeth Diggs

February 5 – March 2, 2014
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

168 West 500 North
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103
Box Office: 801-363-7522
Open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
Single tickets range from $15 – $42, depending on the performance.
Student, Senior and 30 & Under discounts are available.
Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more.
Subscribers always pay the lowest price.

SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre founded in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists.  SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors’ Equity Association contract. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.

Art Exhibitions @ What is art? (SLC: Jan 24 - Mar 7)


Salt Lake City—Three new exhibitions at the Finch Lane Gallery explore themes of collaboration and the question of “What is art?” The exhibitions run January 24 through March 7, with an artists’ reception on Friday, January 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Susan Beck and Bonnie Sucec collaborate their drawing and imaginative skills to create paired images that showcase both artists’ work in their exhibition “Short Stories.” The artists will discuss their work in a gallery talk during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll on February 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Multi-media artist Tara Carpenter straddles the boundary between psychology, sociology and art. and asks the viewer to become a participant in the visual art process. Carpenter will discuss her work at a gallery talk at 7:00 p.m. on January 24.

University of Utah art students have been creating public art murals across the Salt Lake Valley for a decade. The project is called "Perspective Realia" and the exhibition features prints of these murals. Kim Martinez, who directs the students, will give a gallery talk during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll on February 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Short Stories
Veteran artists Bonnie Sucec and Susan Beck combine their drawing and imaginative skills to create paired images offering different interpretations of the same subject matter. Sucec and Beck have been working together since 1978, but this recent work involves combining a visual description by one artist of a work done in her studio. The output involves using this description, interpreting the information, and incorporating it into a separate drawing by the other artist in her own studio.

Strong partnerships initiate and excite experimental approaches to materials, imagery, and compositional devices as part of a larger practice. The goal is not to duplicate but to achieve a greater personal fluidity within a very complex visual arena.

What is Art to You?
Tara Carpenter explores the idea of what makes “Art” through several different lenses: price, permanency, materials, labeling, artist statements, and opinions. Each work in the show poses questions about a different lens and asks the viewer to respond in an interactive way. Using clay, string, and viewers’ response to the question, “What is art to you?” the same title that she gives her exhibition, to showcase the many ways art can be created and interpreted. Carpenter connects those responses into a visual installation that blurs the lines of art and science.

Perspective Realia
Since 2013 over 200 University of Utah art majors and community members have painted 24,655 square feet of murals, which is more than five miles of art in the community. Associate Professor Kim Martinez developed an educational approach that taught critical and social consciousness to students, while working with community leaders to create murals that would best exemplify the community in which the mural was to be located. The mural project, "Perspective Realia" allowed students the opportunity to create, propose, and implement public art in the form of murals throughout the Salt Lake City area since 2003. The students gained firsthand experience in the challenges involved with implementing their ideas and practices and educating business owners and community leaders. This exhibition celebrates the creative collaboration between students, faculty, and public partnerships.

The exhibition features 21 prints of the various murals completed, plus the context under which the mural was created. A 13-minute documentary about the project will also be shown in the gallery.

Who:               Susan Beck, Bonnie Sucec, Tara Carpenter, and University of Utah Arts Students
What:              Finch Lane and Park Gallery Exhibitions
When:             January 24 through March 7, 2014
Where:           Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane in Reservoir Park

Finch Lane Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with additional evening hours during the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll on February 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All events are free of charge. For additional information, contact the Salt Lake City Arts Council, 801.596.5000 or visit www.slcgov.com/arts.

Spy Hop & the Utah Film Center @ RDT's Ring Around the Rose (SLC: Feb 8)

RDT's Ring Around the Rose presents
Spy Hop Productions & The Utah Film Center
February 8, 2014 | 11:00 am
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W Broadway)
Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre
Tickets: $5, through ArtTix, 801-355-ARTS
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Repertory Dance Theatre's "Ring Around the Rose" program welcomes back the talented artists from Spy Hop Productions and the Utah Film Center for an encore performance on February 8, 2014 at 11:00 am.
The Utah Film Center and Spy Hop Productions are teaming up for an interactive animation experience on the Ring Around the Rose stage. These Salt Lake City film experts will present some great short films made for and by kids from the Utah Film Center's Tumbleweeds series. Then the artists will invite the audience to help make a collaborative on-stage movie using stop motion animation to tell a story. Lucky volunteers will be invited on stage to be a part of the magic as the audience watches the whole thing unfold. Click here to see the stop motion short film created at last year's performance. 
After performing on the series last year, Repertory Dance Theatre is proud to welcome these film-makers back for a second appearance. RDT's Ring Around the Rose is a series of performances designed to introduce children to the arts in a wiggle-friendly and non-intimidating way. This unique performance / experience will give children and families an up-close-and-personal introduction to the amazing art of film-making.
Who: Spy Hop Productions & The Utah Film Center
What: Ring Around the Rose
When: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11:00 am
Where: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)
How: $5 tickets available through ArtTix (www.arttix.org, 801-355-ARTS, or at the box office)
About Repertory Dance Theatre's Ring Around the Rose series
Photo from last season's Spy Hop / Utah Film Center Ring Around the Rose stop-motion animation experience.
Photo from last season's Spy Hop / Utah Film Center Ring Around the Rose stop-motion animation experience.
Ring Around The Rose is a wiggle friendly series of performances for children and families that explores the magical world of the arts including dance, theatre, music and storytelling. All shows begin at 11:00am at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W Broadway, SLC. Shows are $5 (kids 2 and under are free).
Ring Around The Rose is supported in part by: The Utah Division of Arts and Museums, National Endowment for the Arts, Salt Lake City Arts Council, the Salt Lake County Zoo Arts & Parks Program, and the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation.

For more info visit rdtutah.org

High resolution photos are available upon request.
Click here to learn more about RDT's Ring Around the Rose program

Repertory Dance Theatre
138 West 300 South | PO Box 510427
Salt Lake City UT 84151-0427
(801) 534-1000 | rdt@rdtutah.org

NEWS: Announcement for February Activities at the Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th Street in Ogden, Utah. More details can be found online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org <http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org.  For questions or to register for classes, please call 801-621-7595.
Preschool Discovery Days: Mammals In Winter Choose a date and time:
Monday, February 3, or Tuesday, February 4
9:30 am, 11 am or 1 pm
Ages: 3-5
Discover who is hiding under the snow as you learn nature’s secrets to who, what, when, where and how animals move around in winter. Try your hand at sledding and snowman making as you play in our winter wonderland. 
Preschool admission price includes 1 child and 1 adult. Preschool teachers/aides are free with participating class. General admission fees will apply to any additional family members in attendance. A non-refundable deposit of 50% must be paid in advance to pre-register groups of 5 children or more. Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will only be accepted if space is available. Classes may be canceled due to low attendance. Please call 801-621-7595 for more information and to sign up.

Wild Wednesdays: Owl TalesWednesday, February 5 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members, $2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome
Are owls really wise?  Get the answer to that question and more as we meet two different Ogden Nature Center owls and decode the mysteries that surround these amazing birds.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.

Nature Is for LoversFriday, February 7 from 7 - 9 pm
$35 members / $40 non-members
Ages: 21 and older only
Come to the Ogden Nature Center for an evening of wine and desserts and learn about love wildlife style! Play a fun couples guessing game about animal and plant mating rituals, meet one of February’s feathered lovers and take an optional romantic night walk around the Ogden Nature Center trails. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly. Pre-registration is required to 801-621-7595. Please rsvp by 4 pm on Thursday, February 6.

Snowy Tree Tour presented by TreeUtahSaturday, February 8 at 10 am – 12 noon
$5 members/ $6 non-members
Ages: Adults and families with children ages 8+
February is a great time to strap on your warmest boots and bundle up to explore the wintry wonders just outside your door. During this two hour walk we’ll identify trees found at the Ogden Nature Center and discuss how they impact wildlife and our daily lives.  This activity will be led by a TreeUtah naturalist.  Please pre-register at 801-621-7595.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)Friday, February 14 through Monday, Feb. 17 during Ogden Nature Center hours
Admission is free for bird counters!
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national citizen science event.  The Ogden Nature Center will be listed as a site on the GBBC website. Community members are invited to come to the Ogden Nature Center to count the numbers and species of birds they see. Pick up a checklist from the Visitor Services desk then choose a place to bird for at least 15 minutes. When you are done birding, please leave your bird counts with the front desk for recording purposes.  This is a self-guided activity.

Wild Wednesdays: Wild Romance: A Special Valentines Day Program Wednesday, February 12 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members, $2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome
Have you ever wondered if animals flirt with one another?  Come find out during this special Valentine’s Day program.  Meet some of the Ogden Nature Center’s resident birds and reptiles and discover the unique ways these animals attract a partner.  Then help us make nature themed Valentines for the birds. Please meet in the Visitor Center.

Scout SaturdaySaturday, February 15
Choose a time and a program or attend all three 
9 am – Native vs. Invasive
10 am – Conservation
11 am – Venomous Reptiles
Cost: $5 per scout / per program
The Ogden Nature Center provides the perfect outdoor classroom for scout activities.  Have an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist help your scout pass off badge requirements during a 45-minute class. Reservations and a non-refundable deposit required. Please RSVP to 801-621-7595.  For more information refer to www.ogdennaturecenter.org/education/scouting-programs

Seed Swap hosted by the Ogden Seed ExchangeSaturday, February 15 from 11 am – 1 pm, Mini workshop at 11 am
Free admission / donations to the Ogden Nature Center gratefully accepted
Ages: All ages
Bring open pollinated and/or heirloom seeds to trade.  Be sure to bring extra envelopes or bags for your trade or purchases.  You do not have to bring your own seeds to participate. Some seeds will be for sale as well.

Wild Wednesdays: Stinky Tales – Badgers, Otters, & Ferrets –Oh My!Wednesday, February 19 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members, $2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome
Investigate the smelly world of mustelids. Explore a local endangered mustelid and find out why the skunk, although smelly, doesn’t fit in this group anymore. Please meet in the Visitor Center.

Wild Wednesdays: Who’s a ButeoWednesday, February 26 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members, $2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome
Meet Sampson the Red-tail Hawk and discover what makes a buteo a buteo. Then watch Sampson take flight and observe firsthand how buteos differ from all other raptors.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.