APRIL 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> .  
 
Photos are available upon request.
 
Wild Wednesdays: The Wild Truth: An April Fool’s Day Program
Wednesday, April 1, 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.
 
Egg-cellent Adventure –Birds not Bunnies Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 9am -12 noon
Ages 6+
$4 members / $6 non-members  – includes admission to the Nature Center
Are you ready for a unique Easter egg hunt? Join the Ogden Nature Center’s teacher/naturalists on a true egg hunt challenge.  Spring is the season for new birth. In this activity participants will learn about nesting birds found around the Nature Center and try their hand at bird identification. Several nests with painted wooden eggs will be the object of the hunt as you make your way along the trails. Locate and record your finds from each nest to win a prize. Make and take crafts and bird stuff to explore. Please RSVP to801-621-7595 by 5pm on Friday, April 3rd.  Please dress for an outdoor adventure.
*Please note this is not a traditional plastic egg hunt. 
Not recommended for children under 6 years old.
 
Earth Day Poster Contest Call for Entries
Entries must be received by 4 pm, Saturday, April 4 
Late entries may not be judged
No Fee to Enter
Entries must be 9”x12” using the theme, “Earth’s Pollinators.”  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
            Email
Art posters will be on display in the Ogden Nature Center’s LS Peery Education Center April 18 through May 16, 2015.  Entries will not be returned, but may be picked up May 18 through May 23. After May 23 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 18, at 11 am.
 
Wild Wednesdays: Colorful Confusion
Wednesday, April 8, 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Monarchs 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.
 
Wild Wednesdays: Hooked on Fish
Wednesday, April 15, 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Did you know that there are eight endangered or threatened species of fish that call Utah home? Spend an hour with a naturalist and learn other cool facts about Utah’s diverse fish.  Observe Least Chub in the aquarium and meet some of the resident, fish eating birds.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
Earth Day Celebration!  (full press release to come)
Saturday, April 18, 11:30 am – 4 pm 
$2 per person / Donations gratefully accepted
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.  
 
Wild Wednesdays: Earth Day Extravaganza
Wednesday, April 22, 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Head to the Ogden Nature Center and explore cool facts about planet Earth. How much do you know about our watery planet? Learn ways to do your part and help the Earth.  We will head out for a nature walk and pick-up trash around the Nature Center. Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
Preschool Discovery Days: Floats and Fins and Things that Swim
Choose a date and time:
Tuesday, April 28th, and Thursday, April 30th
9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm
$5 members/ $6 non-members
$5 per child for preschool groups over 5
For ages 3-5 and their accompanying adult
Try finding a frog or spotting a turtle as we explore the world of creatures that swim through hands-on activities, songs, stories & more. Enjoy making a magnet fish you can take home.
 
Wild Wednesdays: Rascally Rodents
Wednesday, April 29, 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members
$3 children / $4 seniors / $5 adults
All ages welcome
Imagine what it would be like to have teeth that never stop growing. Rodents make up 40% of all mammal species. Join an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist as we explore the world of squirrels, mice, beavers and porcupines. Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
 
APRIL IS INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS MONTH

During the month of April, please join the Ogden Nature Center for activities and service related to eradicating invasive plant species – and protecting desirable, native plants.
 
Going Native – A look at Native Plants for Utah Landscapes
Saturday, April 11, 10 am – 12 noon
$3 members / $5 non-members
RSVP by Thursday, April 9
Spend a morning exploring the benefits of using native plants in the landscape with expert gardener Barney Barnett of Willard Bay Gardens. By planting native plants, we can create balanced, self-sustaining, low maintenance habitats on our own property that support birds, butterflies and wildlife. Come ready to learn how you can protect your backyard from pesky invasive plants!  This workshop is one of many in celebration of Invasive Species Awareness Month.
 
Earth Day Habitat Restoration
Saturday, April 18, 11:30 am – 4 pm
Admission for the Earth Day Celebration / $2
Come celebrate Earth Day at the Ogden Nature Center and stop by the Habitat Restoration table. Explore and learn more about invasive plant species that threaten our environment and learn how you can make a difference!
 
Community Invasive Species Removal at ONC North
Saturday, April 25, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Free
No RSVP needed
Ogden Nature Center North is a 23-acre nature preserve located in the foothills of northern Ogden.  Explore the beautiful trail head that connects with the Bonneville Shoreline Trails system and join your community in eradicating invasive plant species including Dyer’s Woad and Scotch Thistle.  Shovels, work gloves and staff instruction will be provided. Bring sunscreen and water and wear sturdy shoes.  Meet at ONC North located at 1176 N. Mountain Road.
 
WEEDing & FEEDing — Every Tuesday in April from 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Free / No RSVP needed
Join an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist and learn about the history and biology of Utah’s top invaders and take part in their removal.  Come ready to get your hands dirty as we dig invasive species and restore our native habitats.  Refreshments will be provided.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
Dyer’s Woad WEEDing & FEEDing
Tuesday, April 7, 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Free
No RSVP needed
Are you dyeing to know what’s so ugly about these pretty yellow flowers?  Join us at the Ogden Nature Center as we share the history of this plant’s invasion and what can be done to help control this plant species and protect native species.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
Scotch Thistle WEEDing & FEEDing
Tuesday, April 14, 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Free
No RSVP needed
You may be a bit prickly when you find these invaders in your yard.  Come to the Ogden Nature Center and learn how you can attack Scotch Thistle before it attacks you.   Please meet in the Visitor Center.
 
Houndstongue WEEDing & FEEDing
Tuesday, April 21, 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Free
No RSVP needed
Learn why the pretty pink flower, Houndstongue, is more of a nuisance than a howling good time. Please meet in the Visitor Center at the Ogden Nature Center.
 
Dyer’s Woad Revisited WEEDing & FEEDing
Tuesday, April 28, 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Free
No RSVP needed
See how Dyer’s Woad has transformed through the month of April as we revisit Utah’s poster child for invasive plant species.  Please meet in the Visitor Center at the  Ogden Nature Center.

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