Antelope Island State Park

Interpretive Programs and Special Events

2024 Events

Roadside Discovery
Stop and say “hi” whenever you see our Roadside Discovery banner throughout the park.  We’re checking out often overlooked creatures and features of Antelope Island. 

March 1
Shooting Orion – Astrophotography Workshop
***REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED***

Meet at the Visitor Center at 6:00pm for a short presentation hosted by our partner at Night Sky Science; Ryan Andreasen. Afterward we’ll head outside to capture photographs of Orion with your very own DSLR cameras. Be sure to register – space is limited to ensure a memorable experience for our participants. To register, or with any questions, reach out to nightskyscience@gmail.com. There is no additional fee for this program – regular park entry fees apply.
Park Impacts: None

April 8
Solar Eclipse

Solar viewing glasses are available in our Gift Shop for $2.00. Supplies are limited!

April 8 – 15
Dark Sky Week

Join us on our social media platforms for virtual events happening throughout the week while we celebrate the nocturnal environment. Have you noticed a home or business who is helping protect the night with proper lighting? Brag about them to tackley@utah.gov.
Park Impacts: None

April 13
Star Party with Ogden Astronomical Society

Join OAS at the White Rock Bay / Back Country Trailhead starting at 6:00pm for (safe) solar viewing through telescopes. After dark scopes will be switched for night sky viewing. This is an open, come and go as you wish event. For more information about our hosts, visit https://www.ogden-astronomy.org/
There is no fee for this event. If you have questions please contact tackley@utah.gov
Park Impacts: Increased evening traffic in White Rock Bay

May 3
Is Fielding Garr Ranch Haunted?

***REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED***
Meet at Fielding Garr Ranch and learn about methods used to detect unexplained things, hear stories and reported experiences. After the presentation and safety guidelines you will be allowed to wander through the buildings looking for evidence of visitors from beyond the grave. The event is free with your park entrance fee. Space is limited – Registration is required. Contact antelopeislandranch@utah.gov with questions or to reserve your spot.
Park Impacts: None

June 8
Star Party with Ogden Astronomical Society
Join OAS at the White Rock Bay / Back Country Trailhead starting at 7:00pm for (safe) solar viewing through telescopes. After dark scopes will be switched for night sky viewing. This is an open, come and go as you wish event. For more information about our hosts, visit https://www.ogden-astronomy.org/
There is no fee for this event. Regular park entry fees apply. If you have questions please contact tackley@utah.gov
Park Impacts: Increased evening traffic in White Rock Bay

May 11
Star Party with Ogden Astronomical Society

Join OAS at the White Rock Bay / Back Country Trailhead starting at 6:00pm for (safe) solar viewing through telescopes. After dark scopes will be switched for night sky viewing. This is an open, come and go as you wish event. For more information about our hosts, visit https://www.ogden-astronomy.org/
There is no fee for this event. If you have questions please contact tackley@utah.gov
Park Impacts: Increased evening traffic in White Rock Bay

July 6
UMFA in the Wild: Antelope Island State Park | Paint a Nightscape
Saturday July 6 | 1 pm | Buffalo Point Deck
Join the UMFA in Utah’s amazing wilderness to study the landscape and learn how to transform it into a nightscape. We will learn how artists and scientists see the night and then make our own nightscapes using drawing materials and paint.
There is no fee for this event. Regular park entry fees apply. If you have questions please contact tackley@utah.gov or u0110103@umail.utah.edu
Park Impacts: None

July 27
Antelope Island Spider Fest

Spiders are abundant around Great Salt Lake in the summer! Come celebrate them at this fun annual event. There will be walking field trips, food vendors, information booths and fun activities.
This is a family and leashed-dog friendly event. There is no fee for the event but regular park entry fees apply. Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: Additional traffic around the Antelope Island Marina

August 10
Star Party with Ogden Astronomical Society
Join OAS at the White Rock Bay / Back Country Trailhead starting at 7:00pm for (safe) solar viewing through telescopes. After dark scopes will be switched for night sky viewing. This is an open, come and go as you wish event. For more information about our hosts, visit https://www.ogden-astronomy.org/
There is no fee for this event. Regular park entry fees apply. If you have questions please contact tackley@utah.gov
Park Impacts: Increased evening traffic in White Rock Bay

August 31
UMFA in the Wild: Antelope Island State Park | Watercolor Landscapes
Saturday August 31 | 1 pm | Buffalo Point Deck
Join the UMFA in Utah’s amazing wilderness to try your hand at painting the landscape en plein air with watercolors. We will get inspiration from artists in the new exhibition at the UMFA called Blue Grass Green Skies. Then we will try some special techniques to make our landscape.
There is no fee for this event. Regular park entry fees apply. If you have questions please contact tackley@utah.gov or u0110103@umail.utah.edu
Park Impacts: None

September 7
Star Party with Ogden Astronomical Society
Join OAS at the White Rock Bay / Back Country Trailhead starting at 6:00pm for (safe) solar viewing through telescopes. After dark scopes will be switched for night sky viewing. This is an open, come and go as you wish event. For more information about our hosts, visit https://www.ogden-astronomy.org/
There is no fee for this event. Regular park entry fees apply. If you have questions please contact tackley@utah.gov
Park Impacts: Increased evening traffic in White Rock Bay

October 12
Star Party with Ogden Astronomical Society
Join OAS at the White Rock Bay / Back Country Trailhead starting at 6:00pm for (safe) solar viewing through telescopes. After dark scopes will be switched for night sky viewing. This is an open, come and go as you wish event. For more information about our hosts, visit https://www.ogden-astronomy.org/
There is no fee for this event. If you have questions please contact tackley@utah.gov
Park Impacts: Increased evening traffic in White Rock Bay

October 26
2024 Annual Bison Roundup
Spectators, come and watch over 200 riders on horseback round up the island’s 750 bison during the annual bison roundup. The roundup is an important part of the bison and island management. 
Park Impacts: Increased traffic on roadways.  All trails but Buffalo Point, Ladyfinger Point and Lakeside Loop will be closed.

Roundup Watch Party / Exposition
Join us in White Rock Bay starting at 10:00 am to watch the team of riders make the final push leading bison into the corrals.  We’ll have food, games and fun activities for families.  Bring cash – some vendors may not be able to accept credit.
Vendors and community partners, and anyone with questions should contact tackley@utah.gov

October 29-31
Working of the Bison
Join us at the bison corrals for an up-close (and safe) opportunity to see bison, and learn how and why they are managed.  
Educators and group organizers: Group tours must be scheduled in advance and cannot be guaranteed otherwise. Contact tackley@utah.gov for more information.
Park Impacts: None

*Come back often for updates on more events and activities.