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MARCH 2019 ACTIVITIES -AND- SPRING SPEAKER SERIES 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.

Nests, Nooks & Storybooks
Every Tuesday from 3:45pm – 4:15pm
Free for members / Free with admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 kids (2-11)
All ages
Grab a blanket and join us out in the field, alongside a pond, or under the trees for story time at the Ogden Nature Center! Every Tuesday 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!

Wild Wednesdays: Signs of Spring
Wednesday, March 6th
from 3:45 – 4:15 pm
Free for members / Free with admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 kids (2-11)
All ages
Spring has arrived at the Ogden Nature Center! Help us bring in the new
season as we learn how animals and plants adapt to warmer temperatures and longer days. Join us as we hit the trails looking for signs of spring. Be prepared to listen for Chorus Frogs and search for migrating birds. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Wild Wednesdays: Going Green– A Special St. Patrick’s Day Program
Wednesday, March 13th from 3:45 – 4:15 pm
Free for members / Free with admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 kids (2-11)
All ages
Green is the theme for the Ogden Nature Center’s St. Patrick’s Day program. Once again it’s time to get your green on and discover why so many things in nature are green. Go on a scavenger hunt around the Nature Center searching for all things green. You’ll be amazed at what you can find! Please meet in the Visitor Center.

It’s Time to Build Birdhouses! 26th Annual Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit
• Entries are due March 18-23
• Awards night — April 10th at 5:30 pm
• Birdhouses on display April 10 – June 23
Are you feeling woodsy, crafty, wild, sleek, modern, sustainable or colorful? Now is
the time to get out your supplies, let the creativity flow, and start building birdhouses. All types of birdhouses are welcome: whimsical, beautiful, practical, functional, artistic or magical – but they need to be sturdy! Details at www.ogdennaturecenter.org <http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org> . There is no entry fee.

SATURDAYS AT THE CENTER
The Nature Center is changing with the seasons! Join us one Saturday every month
to explore a relevant topic.
Sounds of Spring
Saturday, March 16th
Ages 5-9, 10 – 11:30 am
Ages 10-16, 12:30 – 2 pm
$2 for members / $5 for non-members
Birds, bugs, and frogs fill the springtime air with a beautiful concert. Join us as we learn about these skillful singers and why they can’t seem to keep quiet. To sign up please call 801-621-7595 by March 15th.

Wild Wednesdays: Marvelous Mushrooms and Fantastic Fungi
Wednesday, March 20th from 3:45 – 4:15 pm
Free for members / Free with admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 kids (2-11)
All ages
From parasitic and symbiotic relationships, to its use as biological indicator of air quality, funguses are fun to learn about. Join us as we search for and learn about the most widely distributed organism on earth! Meet in the Visitor Center.

Seed Saving Workshop hosted by Ogden Seed Exchange
Saturday, March 23, 10 am – 12 noon
Free for members, non-members pay general admission of $5
Ages: teens and adults
Join Ogden Seed Exchange for a 2 hour course in basic seed saving. Methods for the planning, harvesting, cleaning, and storing of seeds will be covered and much more. Bring your questions, be ready for a hands on experience, and expect to go away with confidence in seed saving.

Wild Wednesdays: Birds Not Bunnies
Wednesday, March 27th from 3:45 – 4:15 pm
Free for members or Free with admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 kids (2-11)
All ages
Spring is the season for new birth. But bunnies don’t lay eggs! Have some spring time fun as we learn about nesting birds in Utah. We will teach you tricks to identify eggs, and what to do if you find a baby bird out of its nest. End your day with an egg hunt of a different kind. Search for hidden nests along our trail and try your hand at identifying the parents. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Preschool Discovery Days: Floats & Fins & Things That Swim
Wednesday, March 27th or Thursday, March 28th
9:30 am, 11 am, or 1 pm
$5 members / $6 non-members
Ages: 3-5
Try finding a frog or spotting a turtle as we explore the world of creatures that swim. Sing songs, hear fishy stories, scoop pond muck to see what’s there, and create a cute craft. Preregistration is required and a 50% deposit is required for groups of 5+ children. Call to save your spot at 801-621-7595.

SPEAKER SERIES: This Planet We Call Home

Earth is an incredible place, full of animals, plants, and other natural wonders that force us to reflect on our role in this world. Join us for a series of presentations from local nature-lovers and experts as we explore our world and what we can do to keep it healthy for generations to come.

• The speaker series will be held in the L.S. Peery Education Center at the Ogden Nature Center.
• Cost: Members of the Ogden Nature Center enjoy free admission, otherwise $3 for children and $6 for adults. Pre-registration required by calling 801-621-7595.

Monday, March 4th, 6 pm
Five (5) Things Everyone Should Know About Global Warming
Speakers: Jenn Bodine & Dan
Bedford, Weber State University
Global warming is a frequently misunderstood and politicized topic, but there are five basic things that everyone should know. This talk brings attendees up-to-speed on the latest climate science. Solutions that are being deployed right here in our own backyard to solve this wicked problem will also be addressed.

Monday, March 18th, 6 pm
The Story of a Place Under Battery and A Salt …Cap
Speaker: Friends of the Great Salt Lake
The EPA relies on local organizations to study and inform them on local environmental issues. FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake has been awarded a grant to study a still active facility that harvests brine from the lake to produce magnesium and other chemicals. In this presentation we will discuss the results of that research and how it will impact our lives.

Monday, March 25th, 6 pm
The Politics of Public Lands
Speaker: Save our Canyons
As the political climate driving public lands decisions in Utah continues to erode
conservation efforts, join Save Our Canyons for a discussion on the congressional legislation that will protect our water, land, and quality of life for Utah’s most iconic mountain range.

Monday, April 1st, 6 pm
Connecting People With Nature Through Art
Speaker: Susan Snyder, local artist
Join artist and former Ogden Nature Center naturalist Susan Snyder for an evening about art and nature. Susan will entertain participants with the tale of her journey to becoming a full-time artist and naturalist, and then lead the group through a fun project.

Monday, April 15th, 6 pm
The Buzz on Bees
Speaker: Sara Dant, Weber State University
From making honey to pollinating most of our favorite fruits and veggies, honeybees play a pivotal role both locally and in the global economy. Unfortunately, several factors have led to more and more honeybee colonies collapsing. In this talk we will discuss the importance of bees and what we can do to help this essential insect.

Monday, April 29th, 6 pm
Taking Action for the Environment
Speaker: HEAL Utah
From clean air and energy to radioactive waste, Utah has its fair share of environmental concerns. Join local advocate group HEAL Utah for an interactive evening on the state’s latest environmental threats and how they impact our health—including the science behind these issues—and what you can do about them.

Monday, May 13th, 6 pm
Form in Nature
Speaker: Alex Frank, lead naturalist, Ogden Nature Center
Why do zebras have stripes, and leopards spots? Why are the cells in beehives hexagons? Why are 99.9% of all animals symmetrical? Every shape, style, and color in nature has a purpose. Join us as we discuss various forms found throughout the natural world, and how these forms have shaped our own world as well.
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