September Activities @ Ogden Nature Center (Ogden: Sep 7-30)


The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th Street in Ogden, Utah.  More details can be found online <

Wild Wednesday: Insect Safari
Wednesday, September 7 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$5 adults / $4 seniors / $3 kids (2-11)            
All ages
Become an entomologist for a day and learn all about insects. We will be using field guides, nets and bug boxes to catch and identify as many insects as we can. This program will highlight some scout requirements.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.
31st Annual Wildwoods BASH
Friday, September 9 at 5 pm
$70 per person for open seating / reserved sponsorship tables available for $250. - $5,000.           
This al fresco event includes a gourmet dinner, live music and an auction of nature and outdoor inspired items. Proceeds support Ogden Nature Center’s mission to unite people with nature and nurture appreciation and stewardship of the environment. Make your reservations at or call 801-621-7595.
Xeriscaping Your Lawn
Saturday, September 10 from 10-11:30 am
$3 members / $5 nonmembers
Tired of wrestling with your sprinkler system all summer long?  Looking for a simple way to conserve water in your everyday life? Utah State University Horticulture Specialist Larry Rupp will teach you how to plant and grow a lawn that reduces or even eliminates the need for supplemental water irrigation.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Please call 801-621-7595 by September 7.  

Fermentation for Foodies
Saturday, September 10 from 2-4 pm
$9 for members / $11 for non-members                                    
Ages: 12 and older            
Since the end of the Stone Age, with the start of farming practices, humans have utilized fermentation to produce interesting flavors and textures in beverages and foods. Used in cultures worldwide, fermentation is a natural food preservation process that produces some of our most beloved sour foods and sparkly beverages. You may not realize that your favorite cravings or secret ingredients, like pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, vinegars, and yogurt, are fermented. Come make a bottle of herbed vinegar and sample a couple of fermented flavor sensations as you learn about the history and usefulness of this natural process, as well as its potential benefits. Four counter top pickling kits will be available for sale for an additional $12. paid in cash to the presenter the night of the class. RVSP to 801-621-7595 by September 6.
Wild Wednesday: Stinky Tales- Badgers, Otters, & Skunks
Wednesday, September 14 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$5 adults / $4 seniors / $3 kids (2-11)            
All ages
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.
Preschool Discovery Days: Colorful Creatures
Choose a date and time:
Wednesday, September 14 or Thursday, September 15
9:30am11am, or 1pm
$5 members and groups of 5 or more students / $6 for non-members                                
Ages: 3-5            
Join us as we explore nature’s colors in animals, plants and more! Play games, enjoy stories, sing songs and create some colorful nature art. Our preschool programs are designed for 3-5 year old children. Preschool admission price of $5 for members and $6 for non-member includes 1 child and 1 adult. Preschool groups of 5 or more children are $5 for a child/adult pair; 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 five children or more. Pre-registration is required for all attendees at 801-621-7595.
Illustrated Nature Journaling (2 part class)
Session 1: Thursday, September 15 from 6-8 pm
Session 2: Saturday, September 1710-12 pm 
$40 for members / $50 for non-members                                    
Ages: 16 and older
This workshop is for those who can’t draw and those who can! Come reconnect with nature through drawing and writing with Ogden artist and naturalist Susan Snyder.  Bring a journal with unlined pages in 90 lb. weight or higher. Susan will provide colored pencils, watercolor pencils and drawing tools for participants to use. Feel free to bring any pens, pencils or watercolors.  Class space limited. Pre-register by Tuesday, Sept. 13 to 801-621-7595.
This is Your Brain on Nature with David Strayer
Friday, September 16 from 6:30-8 pm
All ages
Whether we venture into wild backcountry or simply enjoy the nature in our backyards, we have all felt the restorative power of the natural world.  University of Utah Cognitive and Neural Science Professor David Strayer, PhD studies the science behind this restorative power. Join Dr. Strayer for a deep exploration into the profound impact nature has on the human brain.  This event is presented by the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival.
Scout Saturdays 
Saturday, September 17
9 am – Native vs. Invasive
10 am – Conservation
11 am – Venomous Reptiles
$5 per scout / per 45 minute class  
Come for one, or all three classes                                                
All ages            
The Ogden Nature Center provides the perfect outdoor classroom for scout activities. Have our teacher/naturalists help your scout pass off badge requirements  during these 45 minute mini classes. Reservations and a non-refundable 50% deposit is required. For more information on the requirements meet in each badge or for information on booking a private tour please
Wild Wednesday: Nature’s Natural Timekeepers
Wednesday, September 21 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$5 adults / $4 seniors / $3 kids (2-11)            
All ages
Fall has arrived! Help us bring in the new season and learn how animals and plants adapt to a changing environment of less sunlight and cooler temperatures. Take a short hike with one of our teacher naturalists and practice your leaf peeping skills as you discover how and why leaves change color.  Don’t forget to wear your best flannel shirt!  Please meet in the Visitor Center.
Star Party with the Ogden Astronomical Society
Friday, September 23 from 7:45–11 pm
$7 for members / $10 for non-members
Ages 6+
Come to the Ogden Nature Center for a night under the stars. Learn about the structure of our solar system before heading out into Nature Center’s meadow to explore the night sky by telescope. The Ogden Astronomical Society’s expert astronomers will guide your eyes and your wonder across our solar system and beyond. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. RVSP to 801-621-7595 byWednesday, September 21.
Peaks of the Wasatch
Saturday, September 24 from 10 am-12 noon
$3 for members / $5 for non-members                                    
All ages
Looking for new local peaks and trails to hike in the Wasatch this Autumn? Join us for a presentation by accomplished Utah hiker, Gayle Allen. Gayle will reveal his favorite mountain trails and inspire you to explore the hidden gems of the Wasatch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 801-621-7595 by 4 pm on September 22 to reserve your spot. 
Wild Wednesday: Mammal Mania
Wednesday, September 28 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$5 adults / $4 seniors / $3 kids (2-11)            
All ages
Learn about the many amazing 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!  Take a short walk with a naturalist to observe live deer and possibly other mammals at the Nature Center.  Meet in the Visitor Center.
Night Hike and Campfire
Friday, September 30 from 7:30-9 pm
$3 for members / $5 for non-members                                    
All ages
Join teacher naturalist Andrew Revelle for an exploration of the Ogden Nature Center by moonlight. Hike the trails in search of secretive nocturnal creatures like owls, bats, and snakes. Learn about the night adaptations of animals and discover how well you measure up. Then, end the night by enjoying treats and stories ‘round the campfire. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 801-621-7595 by Wednesday, September 28 by 
4 pm to reserve your spot. 

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