April activities at the Ogden Nature Center

March 15, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OGDEN NATURE CENTER
Contact: Brandi Bosworth
801-621-7595 or bbosworth@ogdennaturecenter.org

 
APRIL 2017 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 atwww.ogdennaturecenter.org<http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org> .  
Photos are available upon request.
 
 
Invasive Species Awareness Month 
Saturday Workshop: Butterflies and Bees -  Planting Native Gardens to Attract 
Natural Pollinators
Saturday, April 1
10 am - 12 noon
Members are free
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Find out what’s the buzz! Our native butterflies and bees are important pollinators for our ecosystem and agriculture; without them we wouldn’t have any food to eat. 
Unfortunately, invasive plants have moved in and are taking away important pollinator habitat. Discover how you can help pollinators and how to make your own beautiful native gardens at home.  Please RSVP by March 31 to 801-621-7595.
 
Yellowstone: In the Valley of the Wolves
Saturday, April 1 from 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: Free for members / $5 for non-members
All ages welcome
Wolves have always been a mysterious and contentious aspect of North America’s natural history. Join Lynn Weston, naturalist and longtime volunteer with the Yellowstone Wolf project, for an exploration into our changing relationship with wolves. Lynn’s talk will focus on wolves in Yellowstone National Park including their elimination, the “wolf wars,” reintroduction, and role in the wider ecosystem as well as their effect on current literature. Space is limited, so call801-621-7595 to reserve your spot by Friday, March 31.
 
Preschool Discovery Days - The Shape of Nature
Choose a date and time:
Monday, April 3 or Tuesday, April 4 
9:30 am11 am or 1 pm
$5 members / $6 nonmembers
$5 per child for preschool groups of 5 or more
For ages 3-5 and their accompanying adults
Join us as we explore shapes in nature! Circles, triangles and squares can be found in lots of animals and plants. Explore the trails with a naturalist in search of shapes, play games, sing songs and create some fun shape art. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will only be accepted when space is available.  Classes may be canceled due to low attendance.  Please call 801-621-7595for more information and to register.
 
Weeding and Feeding – Dyer’s Woad
Tuesday,  April 4 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Free
All ages welcome
Find out why we are dying to remove this pesky yellow flower and join us for a meet and greet with Utah’s most notorious alien invader! Light refreshments will be served. A small service project of Dyer’s Woad removal will end our program. Come ready to get your hands dirty as we dig invasive species and restore our native habitats. Please meet in the Visitor Center.  No RSVP necessary.
 
Wild Wednesdays: The Wild Truth - An April Fool’s Day Program
Wednesday, April 5 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
 $3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Nature can weave some pretty tall tales, but that doesn’t mean they’re not true.  Come out to the Ogden Nature Center and test your nature knowledge with a true or false game, then explore some of the most unbelievable animals and plants on the planet.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
Earth Day Poster Contest Call for Entries
Entries must be received by 4 pmSaturday, April 8 
Late entries may not be judged
No Fee to Enter.
Entries must be 9”x12” using the theme, 
“Be’Utah’ful……My Favorite Utah Landscape”
Please do not glue anything onto your project
Entries must include the following information on the back
            Name (first and last)
            School
            Grade (k-6 only)
            Teacher
            Home Phone
            Project Title
Art posters will be on display in Ogden Nature Center’s L.S. Peery Education Center April 22 through May 20, 2017.  Entries will not be returned, but may be picked up May 22 through May 26.  After May 26 contest entries become the property of the Ogden Nature Center.  Prizes will be awarded to three winners in each grade, with one grand prize winner per grade.  The winners will be invited to an awards program on Earth Day, April 22, at 11 am.
 
Nests, Nooks and Storybooks 
– Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
Friday, April 7 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
Focus on 2-6 yrs -- all ages welcome
Grab a blanket and join us out in the field, along a pond, or around the campfire ring for story time at the Ogden Nature Center! Every Friday afternoon, come read a book with us outside. We’ll dive deeper into the themes of the story by exploring the Ogden Nature Center. Please check in at the Visitor Center. No reservations needed, just drop in!
 
Weeding and Feeding – Scotch Thistle
Tuesday,  April 11 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Free
All ages welcome
It’s prickly and purple and a problem for all, find out how to prevent this punk from spreading across the land! Light refreshments will be served. A small service project of Scotch Thistle removal will end our program. Come ready to get your hands dirty as we dig invasive species and restore our native habitats. Please meet in the Visitor 
Center.  No RSVP necessary.
 
Wild Wednesdays: Colorful Confusion
Wednesday, April 12 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Monarch’s 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. Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
City Nature Challenge
Friday, April 14 - Tuesday, April 18
Ages: All
Join our efforts to document the plants and wildlife in Northern Utah during the nationwide City Nature Challenge! This friendly competition started in California as a celebration of national Citizen Science Day and this year the Ogden Nature Center has partnered with the Natural History Museum of Utah and Thanksgiving Point to bring it to Utah. Simply download the iNaturalist app, join the City Nature Challenge for the county where you live; Utah, Salt Lake, or Weber/Davis, and get outside April 14-18 with your family to record the plant and animal life you discover. The more you observe and record, the better your chances of winning fabulous prizes!  
 
Nests, Nooks and Storybooks
– You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Stremple
Friday, April 14 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
Focus on 2-6 yrs -- all ages welcome
Grab a blanket and join us out in the field, along a pond, or around the campfire ring for story time at the Ogden Nature Center! Every Friday afternoon, come read a book with us outside. We’ll dive deeper into the themes of the story by exploring the Ogden Nature Center. Please check in at the Visitor Center. No reservations needed, just drop in!
 
Scout Saturdays
Saturday, April 15
Have our teacher naturalists help your scout pass off badge requirements for $5 per scout/ 45 minute class on Scout Saturdays at the Nature Center.
Classes include:
“Native vs Invasive Plants” from 9-9:45 am
“Conservation” from 10-10:45 am
“Venomous Reptiles” from 11-11:45 am
Reservation and a non-refundable deposit required. 
Call 801-621-7595 for reservations.
 
Seed Saving Workshop
Saturday, April 15 
10 am – 12 noon
Members are free
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Locally produced seeds yield hardier, more delicious crops. This is how our ancestors farmed sustainably for over 10,000 years and it’s the only way to recreate such a system today. Join the Ogden Seed Exchange to learn how to select, pollinate, harvest, clean and save seeds produced in your own garden. No RSVP necessary. Please check in at the Visitor Center. 
 
Aliens vs Predators: Fighting Invasive 
Weeds with Beetles
Saturday, April 15
10 am - 12 noon
Members are free
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Spend a morning exploring what biological weed control is and how we use it on our invasive plants species here at the Ogden Nature Center.  Invasive plant species can be a nuisance to get rid of and sometimes we must bring out the big guns: insects! Please RSVP by April 14 to 801-621-7595.
 
Weeding and Feeding – Hounds tongue
Tuesday,  April 18 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Free
All ages welcome
It may be pretty in pink but don’t let that fool you! All this invader wants to do is stick to you and spread its seed. Find out what you can do to combat this pesky traveler. Light refreshments will be served. A small service project of Hounds tongue removal will end our program. Come ready to get your hands dirty as we dig invasive species and restore our native habitats. Please meet in the Visitor 
Center.  No RSVP necessary.
 
Wild Wednesdays: Earth Day Extravaganza!
Wednesday, April 19 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Join us as we explore cool facts about planet earth. How much do you know about our watery planet? Learn ways to do your part and help the planet. Then join us for a nature walk and trash pick-up around the Nature Center. Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
Nests, Nooks and Storybooks
– Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer
Friday, April 21 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
Focus on 2-6 yrs -- all ages welcome
Grab a blanket and join us out in the field, along a pond, or around the campfire ring for story time at the Ogden Nature Center! Every Friday afternoon, come read a book with us outside. We’ll dive deeper into the themes of the story by exploring the Ogden Nature Center. Please check in at the Visitor Center. No reservations needed, just drop in!
 
Earth Day Celebration at the Ogden Nature Center
Saturday, April 22
11:30 am – 4 pm
Cost: $4 per person ages 3 and up
All ages welcome
Come celebrate Earth Day at the Ogden Nature Center! Enjoy earth friendly exhibitors, demonstrations, entertainment, food, nature crafts, and fun activities.  
Explore the trails, tour our green buildings and learn what you can do to improve the health of the planet.  
 
Weeding and Feeding – Burdock
Tuesday,  April 25 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Free
All ages welcome
Try not to get attached to this sneaky traveler who inspired one of the most classic inventions of our time. Discover the inspiration and destruction behind this sticky plant! Light refreshments will be served. A small service project of Burdock removal will end our program. Come ready to get your hands dirty as we dig invasive species and restore our native habitats. Please meet in the Visitor Center.  No RSVP necessary.
 
Wild Wednesdays: Game Birds
Wednesday, April 26 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
 $3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Did you know that you can find quail and pheasant all around the Nature Center? Come learn about some game birds, identify their unique calls and go on a hike to search for these amazing birds.  This program will highlight some scout requirements. Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
Nests, Nooks and Storybooks
– Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
Friday, April 28 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
Focus on 2-6 yrs -- all ages welcome
Grab a blanket and join us out in the field, along a pond, or around the campfire ring for story time at the Ogden Nature Center! Every Friday afternoon, come read a book with us outside. We’ll dive deeper into the themes of the story by exploring the Ogden Nature Center. Please check in at the Visitor Center. No reservations needed, just drop in!
 
Invasive Species Awareness Month Saturday Workshop
Invasive Plants and Their Pesky Impact on Utah’s Native Wildlife
Saturday, April 29
10 am - 12 noon
Members are free
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Invasive plants are taking over and impacting Utah’s native wildlife population and their habitats. Head on over and uncover the hazards of invasive plant species to our native ecosystems. Please RSVP by April 28 to 801-621-7595
 
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