JULY 2013 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 or camps, please call 801-621-7595.
Wild WednesdaysHeld every week at 3:45 pm
Admission: $4 adults / $3 seniors / $2 children (2-12)
Members are free
Reservations are not required and drop-ins are always welcome
Wild Wednesday, Red, White, and Blue: A Special Independence Day ProgramWednesday, July 3, 3:45 pm
Join us for a special Independence Day program and learn some interesting facts about Bald Eagles with the help of the Ogden Nature Center’s own Bald Eagle, Des Ta Te. Then go outside and search for things in nature that are RED, WHITE, and BLUE. You’ll be amazed at what you can find! Please meet in the Visitor Center.
Wild Wednesday, Accipiters—Aces of the ForestWednesday, July 10, 3:45 pm
Sharpies! Coops! Goshawks! Utah is home to these three types of accipiters, also known as the true hawks. Meet the Ogden Nature Center’s own goshawk and discover how accipiters survive in the forests. Please meet in the Visitor Center.
Wild Wednesday, Who’s a Buteo?Wednesday, July 17, 3:45 pm
Meet Sampson. the Ogden Nature Center’s Red-tail Hawk while discovering what makes a buteo a buteo. Then observe first-hand how buteos differ from all other raptors. Please meet in the Visitor Center.
Wild Wednesday, Mammal Mia!Wednesday, July 31, 3:45 pm
Learn about the many cool mammals that live in Utah and the Great Basin region.
Touch skulls and pelts and learn what makes mammals unique. Learn why you’re a mammal! Finally, we’ll take a short walk with a naturalist to observe live deer and possibly other mammals that call the Ogden Nature Center home. Please meet in the Visitor Center.
Free R.A.M.P. Summer SaturdaysThe Ogden Nature Center is offering free admission and activities on Saturdays during the summer, June 8 – August 24. Activities led by a teacher naturalist will be held at 10 am and at 1 pm every Saturday. Activities will include guided nature walks, live animal presentations, games, creative nature crafts and more. Just show up and have fun! Please check in at the Visitor Center front desk.
July 6 – Make a rock nature paperweight using pressed flowers and leaves.
July 13 – Learn the difference between a tortoise and a turtle. Meet a live tortoise and make a silly tortoise craft.
July 20 – Make a colorful and creative bird feather mask.
July 27 – Participate in a tree scavenger hunt, learn about tree species and take tree rubbings.
Special thanks to Weber County R.A.M.P. for funding FREE SUMMER SATURDAYS at the Ogden Nature Center for our entire community!
Summer Nature Camps in July:The Ogden Nature Center is offering summer camps for age groups ranging from 2-16. Join in the summer fun and expand your nature knowledge! Single-day and multi-day adventure camps are available all summer long. Registration is required. For more information, pricing, and to register campers, please call 801-621-7595. Full details and more camps in August are all posted online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org <http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org>
Water Wizards – ages 7-9July 2, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Flowering, floating, freezing and falling, water seeps into and out of our daily lives in so many ways. Plan to get wet as we dive into the wonderful world of water in the desert, discovering what it can do and who lives in it.
Fantastic Forts – ages 7-10July 3, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Lodges, nests and dens are fine for critters, but what kind of home would you make if you lived outside? We’ll explore the kinds of homes animals make, then get to the task of creating the perfect shelter among the trees and trails of the Ogden Nature Center’s 152-acre nature preserve.
Monsters and Myths – ages 9-11July 8-12, Mon.-Weds. 8:30 am – 3:30 pm with a sleepover Thurs. from 6 pm to Friday morning at 8 am.
From fear of the dark to freaky flocks of birds to a porcupine’s quills, help us explore the truth about nature’s scary side. Play games and investigate the myths and stories behind our fears.
Sensational Nature – ages 4-6July 15-19, Mon. – Fri., 9 am – 12 noon – Pick one day or stay for the whole week
See, smell, hear, feel and taste your way through the fascinating world of plants, animals, dirt and rocks. Use your five senses to explore nature’s mysteries, play crazy games, and uncover how animals sense the world around them.
• Mon., July 15 – Look Who’s Hiding
• Tuesday, July 16 – Whiffers and Sniffers
• Wednesday, July 17 – Musical Nature
• Thursday, July 18 – Soft, Slimy and Spiny
• Friday, July 19 – Sweet and Sour
Natures Palette – ages 2-3July 23, 9-11 am
Dress in your not-so-best and join the Ogden Nature Center staff in a messy art exploration day. You and your child will play with paint, dirt, leaves, sticks and more as you use nature’s palette to create works of art.
Animal Superheroes – ages 2-3July 25, 9-11 am
Look to the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a bat, No! It’s a toddler dressed as a dragonfly! From beavers that build their magnificent homes with no glue guns, nails or hammers to falcons that dive out of the sky at over 300 miles an hour, you and your child will have fun exploring as you learn about survival tactics in the animal kingdom.
A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Scientist – ages 12-16July 26, 9 am – 3 pm
Get real-world experience in this hands-on animal adventure. Get up close and personal with the Ogden Nature Center’s resident animals as your learn what it takes to keep them happy and healthy. Learn about radio-tracking, food preparation and race your fellow campers in tying a proper falconer’s knot. Get a sneak peek at wildlife care usually available for volunteers over the age of 18. This class has very limited space.
Wildlife Detectives – ages 8-10July 29-August 2, Mon.-Weds. 8:30 am – 3:30 pm with a sleepover Thurs. from 6 pm to Friday morning at 8 am.
Investigate the wild side of nature! Solve clues, decipher codes and interpret maps as you spend the week exploring the mysterious world of animals. Nature crafts, animal games, hands-on investigation activities and an overnight campout make this an adventure you won’t want to miss.
Garden TourSaturday, July 13 -- 9 am -3 pm
This is your chance to go beyond the garden gates of nine gorgeous residential gardens in North Ogden and Pleasant View with a bonus organic tomato farm! These lovely outdoor spaces vary greatly in scale and approach, with inspiring displays of architecture, sustainability, color and textures. You are sure gather many ideas for your own gardens. Tickets are $15 for Ogden Nature Center members and $20 for non-members, with all proceeds benefiting the Ogden Nature Center. There will be art, music and treats in the gardens -- some free samples and some available for purchase!
Tickets, information, and full descriptions of the gardens are all available at http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org/news-and-special-events/item/242-2013-garden-tour.
The Garden Tour is presented by The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design. Many thanks to our sponsors, Western Landscaping and TriCity Nursery.
Pioneer Days ParadeWednesday, July 24 at 9 am
The Ogden Nature Center will be closed on July 24, but you can join us downtown for the Ogden Pioneer Days Parade. Watch for our marching band of wild animals and cheer us on!
Ogden Farmer’s MarketSaturday’s, beginning July 13 at 8 am
The Ogden Nature Center will have a booth at the Ogden Farmer’s Market. Come learn about the Ogden Nature Center and its many programs. Get a free owl tattoo! We will once again be selling our popular market baskets.