Antelope Island State Park

Interpretive Programs and Special Events

June 2018

June 24
Leash Adventures
Join us on a guided hike with your dog on the beautiful Lakeside Trail. Hiking with your four-legged friend creates time for the two of you to connect and explore the world around you. On this hike you can expect to see incredible views of the lake as we talk about hiking safety and how to protect and conserve wildlife here at Antelope Island. Please keep in mind that your dog must remain on a leash at all times.

We will meet at the Lakeside Trailhead on the White Rock Bay side at 11:00 a.m.  The hike is approximately one mile out and one mile back. We will stop halfway through for lunch or snacks (not provided), to listen to a Park Naturalist talk about conservation of the Island’s wildlife. Please make sure you bring plenty of water for both you and your dog and that you are ready for an adventure!

June 30
Wetlands walk
Wetlands are scarce on Antelope Island but the ones we do have are teeming with life and extremely important to the critters who use them.  Join the park naturalist on a 1/2 mile walk around the wetlands at the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. We gather at the dinner bell at 3:30 pm to start the walk.  We will be walking through some taller grass so closed toed shoes and pants are recommended.

July 2018

July 4
Bison: The National Mammal
Join the park naturalist to learn about your national mammal and their history is in the United States before you head out to try to see these magnificent animals in the park.  Meet in the Visitor Center at 10:00 am.

July 7 
Old Fashion Campfire

Enjoy an evening around the campfire with a pair of rangers. Learn about Antelope Island, listen to some stories, sing campfire songs and roast marshmallows over the campfire. Bring your marshmallow roasting stick, s’mores will be provided. Bring flashlight, mosquito repellent and if you play an instrument bring that along too. Meet at 7:30 pm in the White Rock Bay Campground group site.
For more information contact Ranger Ellen Labotka, ellenlabotka@utah.gov

July 6
Scorpion Walk
Meet in the Visitor Center at 9:00 pm to learn what type of scorpions live on Antelope Island and how they fit in our ecosystem.  Then go on a walk with the park naturalist to see these critters in their natural habitat.  Dress to walk through sand and sagebrush, closed toe shoes are recommended.  Bring a black light if you have one.  There will be a limited supply to share. The program will last about one hour.

July 7
Munchkin Walk

Exploration and play are crucial elements for childhood development, as Plato once said: “The most effective form of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”

Come explore the Wetlands Interpretive Trail at Fielding Garr Ranch with a Naturalist at 10:00 a.m. Your child will learn how to identify different pieces of nature using; touch, smell, hearing, and sight. This experience will allow them to use their creative minds while exploring Antelope Island State Park. On the exploration, they will learn about the different plants and animals that call Antelope Island home. The children will be guided on a short nature hike that will allow them to identify different species with the help of a park naturalist. All the children will complete a journal page containing their own personal discoveries and the group will share what they found along the way to close the program.

This experience has been designed for children between the ages of 5 and 8, but all children are welcome to participate.

July 13
UMFA in the Wild: Make a Nature Rubbing Book
Join the Utah Museum of Fine Art in the visitor center amphitheater at 7:30 pm.  More information coming!

July 20
Scorpion Walk
Meet in the Visitor Center at 9:00 pm to learn what type of scorpions live on Antelope Island and how they fit in our ecosystem.  Then go on a walk with the park naturalist to see these critters in their natural habitat.  Dress to walk through sand and sagebrush, closed toe shoes are recommended.  Bring a black light if you have one.  There will be a limited supply to share. The program will last about one hour.

July 27
Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride
Friends of Antelope Island and Davis County invite you to join them in the 25th Annual Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride. Registration is required. Check-in begins at 7:30 pm. The ride begins at 10:00 pm. Vendors, costume contests and entertainment await, along with a beautiful, family friendly bike ride to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch.

Park Impacts: The East Side/Ranch Road will be closed at 9:oo pm. Expect delays at the entrance gate, and entering White Rock Bay.

 

August 2018

August 3
Scorpion Walk
Meet in the Visitor Center at 8:45 pm to learn what type of scorpions live on Antelope Island and how they fit in our ecosystem.  Then go on a walk with the park naturalist to see these critters in their natural habitat.  Dress to walk through sand and sagebrush, closed toe shoes are recommended.  Bring a black light if you have one.  There will be a limited supply to share. The program will last about one hour.

August 4
Antelope Island SpiderFest! Every year the Island seems to become overrun with spiders. Join us for a day full of spider related activities, walks, talks, citizen science, art vendors and more to learn about these fascinating residents of the island. Incredible education resources from our powerhouse team of partners is sure to provide exciting and fun opportunities for the whole family. Discover which spiders are harmless and what to watch out for. Activities start at 10 am and go until 4 pm. No registration required. Park entrance fees apply. For more information email wendywilson@utah.gov

Thanks to our partners and sponsors: Karl Lye, Friends of Great Salt Lake, Hogle Zoo, Natural History Museum of Utah, Thanksgiving Point, Utah State University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Weber State University, Westminster College, and Island Buffalo Grill.

August 4
Public Star Party
Join Ogden Astronomical Society for a public star party beginning at 7:00 pm in White Rock Bay. Solar viewing will take place from 7:00 pm to sunset. Deep space viewing will begin at dark. Experience the wonder of star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and more. Feel free to bring camp chairs and snacks to enjoy the evening with us. If you bring a flashlight, please make sure it has a red filter on it. No white lights. When entering the parking area, please switch your car headlights to parking lights only. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov

August 8
Tour of Utah Kids Race and Kickoff Party
Join us for an evening celebrating the return of the Tour of Utah to Antelope Island State Park and Davis County. Beginning at 6:30 pm, we will hold a Kid’s Race from the Marina to just before the Visitor Center. Youth up to age 12 are invited to participate and will receive a free t-shirt and snacks. After the race, join us from 7:00 –  8:30 pm at the Visitor Center Amphitheater for our TOU Kickoff Party with free Dutch oven samples provided by the International Dutch Oven Society, live music by Michelle Moonshine, and other fun activities.  All events are free to the public. Mention you are here for the Kickoff Party and receive free access at the entrance gate between 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

To sign up for the Kid’s Race, email wendywilson@utah.gov. Deadline to register is Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

August 9
Tour of Utah – Stage 3
The Tour of Utah returns to Antelope Island State Park for the third year. This year, we will be the start of Stage 3.  However the route has changed from past years.  The riders will be starting at the Fielding Garr Ranch and riding off Island from there.  To encourage spectators, the day-use entry fee into the park will be waived the morning of the race until the TOU riders exit the Island. Come to the Ranch early and enjoy free Dutch oven samples, youth will receive a free t-shirt that can be signed by the athletes along autograph alley, and enjoy the excitement of a world class cycling event.

Park Impacts: Access to the Ranch will be closed from 10:25 am until approximately 12:30 pm for this event. Access to the park will remain open, but road traffic will be diverted to the shoulder or pullouts as the racers pass.

 

September 2018

September 29
Public Star Party
Join Ogden Astronomical Society for a public star party beginning at 5:00 pm in White Rock Bay. Solar viewing will take place from 5:00 pm to sunset. Deep space viewing will begin at dark. Experience the wonder of star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and more. Feel free to bring camp chairs and snacks to enjoy the evening with us. If you bring a flashlight, please make sure it has a red filter on it. No white lights. When entering the parking area, please switch your car headlights to parking lights only. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov

 

October 2018

October 13
Public Star Party
Join Ogden Astronomical Society for a public star party beginning at 5:00 pm in White Rock Bay. Solar viewing will take place from 5:00 pm to sunset. Deep space viewing will begin at dark. Experience the wonder of star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and more. Feel free to bring camp chairs and snacks to enjoy the evening with us. If you bring a flashlight, please make sure it has a red filter on it. No white lights. When entering the parking area, please switch your car headlights to parking lights only. For more information, contact wendywilson@utah.gov

October 27
Annual Bison Roundup
Come witness a true Western experience as hundreds of horseback riders round up nearly 700 bison from around the Island and move them north into the holding corrals. Riders begin at 9:00 am from Fielding Garr Ranch and move the herd north. Visitors can watch this event from the east side road, as well as witnessing the final push into the corrals from a viewing area at White Rock Bay. Bring a can or box of food for the food bank and receive 20% off the entrance fee to the park.

In the viewing area at White Rock Bay there will be food vendors (please bring cash if you want to purchase food), music, educational booths, and some games available to play.  Bring a camp chair or blanket for seating.

For those interested in riding the Roundup, information and registration will be available beginning September 1, 2018.

 

November 2018

November 1, 2 and 3
Working of the Bison
After rounding up the bison from the island, staff and volunteers will be working the bison through the corrals in order to check the health, vaccinate, count and sort the island’s bison. Guided tours will be given each day to give the public an up close and personal look at these amazing animals. Tours are free and do not require reservations, unless you are bringing a large group. The working is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Guided tours are from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 4:30 each day. Bring a can or box of food for the food bank and receive 20% off the entrance fee to the park.  For more information contact charityowens@utah.gov.

 

Check back often for a list of other upcoming events.