Antelope Island State Park

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. Registration Closed.

Photo Contest
We want to see your pictures! Submit original photography of spiders that you have taken yourself in 2021 by midnight, 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 jparsonsbernstein@utah.gov.

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!

Spider Poetry
We’ve received some incredible poems. Stay tuned! Over the next couple of days we will be posting those throughout the park. We’ll also be sharing some of our favorites to our Spider Fest Facebook Event page. We’ll announce winners there, too.

Scavenger Hunts
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!

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. Links and more information can be found in the above link, and below in the daily list of activities.

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.

Monday,
August 2
Welcome VideoAntelope Island State Park
iNaturalist: What it isNatural History Museum of Utah
iNaturalist: How to Use it
AND
2021 Spider Fest Bioblitz
Swaner EcoCenter & Natural History Museum of Utah
Spider Eyes!Natural History Museum of Utah
Tuesday,
August 3
TarantulasUtah’s Hogle Zoo
Spider Web Weaving
Written Instructions
Friends of Great Salt Lake
LIVE Spider Web Weaving @ 3 pm on Spider Fest Facebook PageFriends of Great Salt Lake
Wednesday, August 4Spider Myths, Fears and FactsWeber State University
Virtual Spider WalkFriends 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 SpidersThe Virtual Field
Thursday,
August 5
Eight is Great!Ogden Nature Center
Spider Egg Carton CraftOgden Nature Center
Friday,
August 6
Spider Tales for TotsThanksgiving Point
Weaving and Spider WebsUtah’s Hogle Zoo
Saturday,
August 7
Bioaccumulation within Great Salt LakeUtah’s Hogle Zoo
Guided Spider WalksVarious Guides – Registration Required
Thanks to: Swaner EcoCenter, Natural History Museum of Utah, Eccles Wildlife Education Center, Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster, Thanksgiving Point, Ogden Nature Center, Gossamer Labs, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and Friends of Great Salt Lake for these presentations and resource materials!

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

Thank you for joining us for the 2021 Antelope Island Spider Fest!