Antelope Island State Park

Interpretive Programs and Special Events

July 2018

July 24
Pioneer Games at Fielding Garr Ranch
Celebrate Utah’s holiday, Pioneer Day, with games and activities typical of Mormon Pioneers of 1847. While at the ranch, see the homestead at Fielding Garr, one of the first Utah pioneers, built and lived in! Activities will be available throughout the day and are self-directed. For info, contact Ranch Manager Carl Aldrich, caldrich@utah.gov.

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.

July 28
Nature Journaling
Keeping a nature journal is for all abilities! Join a volunteer naturalist at 2:30 pm at the Buffalo Point Trailhead for a short hike. We will explore our surroundings and learn about famous naturalists and how to start your own nature journal. Come prepared for the weather and wear shoes you can hike 1 mile round trip. We will be stopping at the top of the trail for a quiet reflection and journaling period. The program will last about one and a half hours and will be entirely outside. For more information, contact Deb Brzozowski by emailing brzoz003@gmail.com.

 

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 around the north loop of the island (about 1.3 miles). 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.

August 19
Fielding Garr Birthday Party and Ghost Tour
Celebrate the birth of Fielding Garr, founder of Fielding Garr Ranch. Birthday cake, ice cream, and party favors will be provided starting at 8:00 PM until we run out! Head to the sheep shearing barn at 8:30 for a historic presentation about the ranch, then conduct your own paranormal investigation around the historic ranch. Buildings will close at 11:00. There are no lights at the ranch, so bring a flashlight along with your ghost hunting equipment.
For more information or to pre-fill a release form, please e-mail Ranch Manager Carl Aldrich, caldrich@utah.gov.

August 25
Play Music on the Porch Day
“What if for one day, everything stopped and we all just listened to the music?” Bring a picnic and relax with us at Fielding Garr Ranch, from Noon until 7:00 PM, for an afternoon of good old-fashioned porch sitting and casual music making. Musicians are encouraged to bring their acoustic instruments, as the porch will be open for all to play and jam. At 5:00, award-winning singer-songwriter Lyndy Butler will take the stage. The Buddy System, a children’s album collaboration with her buddy, Cherie Call, was awarded a Gold Medal from Parents Choice Awards and also includes “The Astronaut and The Mermaid” which won the Grand Prize from The John Lennon Songwriting competition in 2017. Her solo work has gained her national attention as a Finalist in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters showcase in Lyons, Colorado, and as a finalist in the Kerrville NewFolk Songwriting competition in Kerrville, Texas.
For more information, please e-mail Ranch Manager Carl Aldrich, caldrich@utah.gov.

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.

 

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