Antelope Island State Park

Interpretive Programs and Special Events

2022 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. 
Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts:  None

July 9
Who’s Home on the Range?
Join the Park Naturalist at Buffalo Point at 10:00am to learn about the diverse wildlife that calls Antelope Island “Home”.   We will discuss why they are here, how they survive this harsh environment, and what our roles are as visitors in their homes.   No reservation required.   For more information, contact tackley@utah.gov
Park Impacts: None

July 16
Nicole Anderson Book Reading 
Join author Nicole Anderson at the Visitor Center Amphitheater at 11:00am for a reading of her new children’s book: The A’s & B’s of Our Inland Sea.
The A’s & B’s of Our Inland Sea is an ABC book for early readers, siblings, and parents. Get ready to splash your way through our inland sea as you learn fun facts and history about the Great Salt Lake through rhymes and vivid imagery. On each page, you will find a special fun activity or tidbit of history about the lake that will inspire you to get outside and explore this unique and underappreciated body of water as it may very well be Utah’s best-kept secret. Join in as we splash our way across the Great Salt Lake through creative illustrations as we celebrate Our Inland Sea.”  Nicole will be signing books after the reading. 
This event is free- but regular park entry fees apply.  Contact ourinlandsea@gmail.com or tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

July 22
Jr. Rangers: Owls!  What’s on the Menu?
Campers, grab your detective gear and join us at the Bridger Bay Campground Amphitheater at 7:00pm to discover what our owls are eating!  This program is designed for youth but kids of all ages are welcome to join.  Successful candidates will earn Junior Ranger badges. Parking is not available for this venue – please use nearby trails to access the amphitheater between Bridger Bay Campground loops.  
This program is free- but regular park entry fees apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

July 22
Let’s Touch the Night – Astrophotography 101
***THIS EVENT IS FULL***
**Pre-Registration is required – email tackley@utah.gov with number of participants.  Space is limited.**
Join Night Sky Science founder, Ryan Andreasen at 8:30pm for an introductory workshop on photographing the Milky Way Galaxy with your DSLR camera.  
This program is free – but regular park entry fees apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

July 23
Antelope Island Owl Prowl
Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00am for a driving tour of some of our owls’ favorite hangouts! With any luck we’ll find burrowing and great horned owls on our journey.  
This program is free – but regular park entry fees apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

July 30
UMFA in the Wild: Antelope Island State Park | Drawing the Sky with Cyanometers
10 am | Antelope Island Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Utah’s amazing wilderness to explore the color of the sky using a scientific instrument called a cyanometer.  This tool invented over 200 years ago is used to measure the shade of blue in the sky. You can use your own cyanometer to help draw the right blue sky in a landscape. Then visit the new exhibition Air at the UMFA on view through December to explore more art about the air we see, smell, and breath.
This event is free- but regular park entry fees apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov or virginia.catherall@umfa.utah.edu with any questions.
Park Imacts: None

August 6
Annual Spider Festival
Every year, hundreds of orb weaver spiders make quite a showing with their webs in just about every bush and stationary object in the park. Come learn about these harmless spiders, as well as other spiders that live on Antelope Island and throughout Utah. We will have guided walks, presentations and crafts that will help bring understanding to the value of spiders, address myths, and talk about the different types of spiders in the area. Park entrance fees apply, but the walks and presentations are free. Check out the Spider Fest page for more details.

August 13
Utah State Parks Military Appreciation Day
Active and retired members of the military can enjoy free day-use entry at Utah’s State Parks.  
Park Impacts: None

August 13
UMFA in the Wild: Antelope Island State Park | Cloudscapes
10 am | Antelope Island Visitor Center Amphitheater
Join the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Utah’s amazing wilderness to create cloudscapes, landscapes of clouds and the sky! Get inspiration from Utah artists famous for paintings of big Western skies then observe the sky above to draw your own cloudscape. Then visit the new exhibition Air at the UMFA on view through December to explore more art about the air we see, smell, and breath.
This event is free- but regular park entry fees apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov or virginia.catherall@umfa.utah.edu with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

August 20
Ogden Astronomical Society Public Star Party
Join members of the OAS at the White Rock Bay / Backcountry trailhead parking lot at 7:00pm to safely view the sun through telescopes!  Dark Sky viewing will follow once the sun sets.  This is a casual, come and go as you wish event.  Click here for more information on Ogden Astronomical Society. 
Park Impacts:  Increased evening traffic around White Rock Bay

September 17
Ogden Astronomical Society Public Star Party
Join members of the OAS at the White Rock Bay / Backcountry trailhead parking lot at 6:00pm to safely view the sun through telescopes!  Dark Sky viewing will follow once the sun sets.  This is a casual, come and go as you wish event.  Click here for more information on Ogden Astronomical Society. 
Park Impacts:  Increased evening traffic around White Rock Bay

October 15
Ogden Astronomical Society Public Star Party
Join members of the OAS at the White Rock Bay / Backcountry trailhead parking lot at 5:00pm to safely view the sun through telescopes!  Dark Sky viewing will follow once the sun sets.  This is a casual, come and go as you wish event.  Click here for more information on Ogden Astronomical Society. 
Park Impacts:  Increased evening traffic around White Rock Bay

October 29
Annual Bison Roundup
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.  More information to come.

Roundup Watch Party / Exposition
Join us in White Rock Bay starting at 10:30am to watch the team of riders make the final push leading bison into the corrals.
Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions, or if you are interested in joining as an exhibitor.
More information to come.

November 1-3
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.  
More information to come.

November 9
Bison Auction
This year’s live auction will take place online.  Auction time and details TBA.

2023 Events
January 1
First Day Hike
Kick off the new year in a healthy way!  Join the park naturalist for a hike at Antelope Island.  
Meeting time and location TBA.
This event is free- but regular park entry fees apply. Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.
Park Impacts: None

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