2021 Spider Festival
August 2, 2021 – August 7, 2021
In a continuing effort to provide both a fun AND safe event for everyone, this year’s Spider Fest will once again be mostly virtual with some on-site activities including pre-registration guided spider walks. Information about all the events, links to virtual presentations and crafts can be found below.
Bookmark this page for quick access to all of the fun and exciting activities that will be posted all week long! Information will also be posted to our Spider Fest Facebook Event Page.
At Your Pace Events
In-Person Guided Spider Walks
We are super excited to be able to add in-person guided spider walks from some of our amazing partners and park staff on Saturday, August 7, 2021. These guided walks will be registration only, and limited in size and number. To sign up for a guided walk, please register here.
We want to see your pictures! Submit original photography of spiders that you have taken yourself in 2021 by August 4, 2021. Please include name and age of photographer and submit in jpeg format 1 mb size. Limit one submission per photographer. All accepted photos will be displayed in Utah State Parks’ smugmug virtual gallery. Be sure to check out and follow the Ethical Photography link at the bottom of the page (no trapping/harming spiders). Winners will receive some super awesome fun prizes. Send your submissions to email@example.com.
Spider Crafts and Activities
Lots of fun spider craft and activity videos from several of our partners will be available below. Watch and complete as many of these as you would like. Share your experience with us by taking a picture of you and your craft and posting them to the Spider Fest Facebook Event page for all to see!
We want to hear from you! Once again, we will be collecting your spider-inspired poetry! Submit your original spider poetry here. Deadline for submissions is August 2, 2021. We will be posting these throughout the park, and selecting 3 for some fun prizes.
Check out the various scavenger hunts linked below. Whether you want to come out to Antelope Island, visit one of our partner sites, or stay close to home, you can download the scavenger hunt (or hunts) of choice, and start searching! Share your experience with us by taking a picture of yourself doing the scavenger hunt and post those to our Spider Fest Facebook Event page!
- Antelope Island Scavenger Hunt
- Virtual (close to home) Scavenger Hunt
- Ogden Nature Center Scavenger Hunt
- Swaner EcoCenter Spider Scavenger Hunt
iNaturalist Observation and BioBlitz!
You have the opportunity to participate in citizen science by participating in the State-wide Spider Fest BioBlitz and posting your observations to iNaturalist. We will have all the details in the links below just before the start of Spider Fest.
Spider Fest T-Shirt
Once again we will have Spider Fest T-shirts available to purchase. Because we will not have education booths and tents set up, the shirts will be available to purchase from the Antelope Island State Park Gift Shop in the Visitor Center starting Monday, August 2, 2021 until supplies last.
We Still Want To Hear From You!
Tell us how you participated in Spider Fest this year by filling out this form. We really appreciate the feedback and use it from year to year to try and improve this event.
Scheduled Virtual Presentations
Check this list at the appropriate date for a link to the presentation listed. Presentations are subject to change, so check here often. Links to some of these presentations may eventually be removed by the participating organizations.
|Welcome Video||Antelope Island State Park|
|iNaturalist: What it is||Natural History Museum of Utah|
|iNaturalist: How to Use it|
2021 Spider Fest Bioblitz
|Swaner EcoCenter & Natural History Museum of Utah|
|Spider Web Weaving Craft||Friends of Great Salt Lake|
|Tarantulas||Utah’s Hogle Zoon|
|Spider Eyes Craft||Natural History Museum of Utah|
|Wednesday, August 4||Spider Myths, Fears and Facts||Weber State University|
|Virtual Spider Walk||Friends of Great Salt Lake|
|LIVE Spider Silk Research Q & A|
12:30 pm via Zoom and Facebook Live
|Swaner EcoCenter and Utah State University|
|Return of the Burrowing Spiders||The Virtual Field|
|Eight is Great!||Ogden Nature Center|
|Egg Carton Spider Craft||Ogden Nature Center|
|Spider Tales for Tots||Thanksgiving Point|
|Weaving and Spider Webs||Utah’s Hogle Zoo|
|Bioaccumulation within Great Salt Lake||Utah’s Hogle Zoo|
|Guided Spider Walks||Various Guides – Registration Required|
Other Educational Resources
Spider Photography: Safely and Ethically
What better way to preserve the memories of the spiders you discover than by taking their pictures? This Ethical Photography guide will help you capture those memories without harming the spiders, their webs or their habitats.
Antelope Island Spider Fest Spider Facts
The Value of Spiders
Orb Weaver Spiders
Cob Web Spiders
Funnel Weaver Spiders
Jumping and Stalking Spiders
Mimicry and Camouflaging Spiders
Spiders – General Info (USU)
Hobo Spiders (USU)
Common Spiders of Antelope Island State Park