Antelope Island State Park

Interpretive Programs and Special Events

September 2018

September 22
Ride for the Kids Charity Bike Ride
The RC Willey Ride For the Kids Charity Bike Ride raises funds to support Make-A-Wish Utah. Cyclists will begin in Syracuse, ride out the Davis County Causeway, continue to Fielding Garr Ranch, and then return to town. Park entrance fees are required for spectators. Aid stations will be located at the Marina, near Frary turn-off, and at Fielding Garr Ranch.

Park Impacts: No facilities or roads will be closed during this event, although the upper parking tier at Fielding Garr Ranch will be closed until 12:00 pm. Watch for increased bicycle traffic along the Causeway and the East Side/Ranch Road.

September 22
Autumn Equinox Benefit Concert
The National Parks band is performing at Antelope Island State Park on Saturday September 22nd. Enjoy your State Park while listening to the popular National Parks band. Bring your chairs and friends for a beautiful evening celebrating our public lands. Tickets may be purchased online or onsite the night of the event. However, tickets purchased online ahead of time include free access to the park. Park day use fee applies to all onsite ticket purchases. This fundraiser concert is sponsored by Friends of Antelope Island.

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 5
Night Sky Program
Join long time night sky enthusiast, Tom Sevcik, for a program about the stars and constellations we can see in the beginning of October. Meet in the visitor center at 7:30 pm but dress to go outside as well. We will have a few telescopes to view some of our night sky wonders.

Tom fell in love with the night sky in October of 1957 when he saw the world’s first “man-made-moon,” known as the Russian satellite, Sputnik. Soon after Tom got his first telescope and his passion for anything astronomy was born. To fuel that passion Tom currently assists at the Clarke Planetarium, Salt Lake Astronomical Society and the National Park Service in Great Basin National Park.  Tom delights in showing everyone the wonders of our universe.

If you have any questions about the stars, constellations, telescopes or anything astronomy related, Tom will happily engage in a conversation with a galaxy of knowledge.

October 13
Jr Ranger program: Who Lives on Antelope Island?
Join the park naturalist at 10:00 am in the visitor center amphitheater to learn about the critters that live on Antelope Island and what makes the island a good home for them. There will be furs and antlers to touch for a hands on experience.  This program is geared for ages 8-12 but all ages are welcome.  Children under the age of 12 will earn a Antelope Island Jr Ranger badge for attending.

October 6, 13, and 19
Fielding Garr Ranch Ghost Investigations
Is Fielding Garr still at his ranch? Find out during our ghost investigations at Fielding Garr Ranch October 6, 13, and 19! Program begins at 8:30 PM with a presentation in the barn, followed by on-your-own investigating until 11:00 PM. All participants will be asked to sign a waiver and check in/out. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight and any paranormal investigation gear you need. For information, contact caldrich@utah.gov.

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 22
Fielding Garr Ranch Sunset Tour
This evening tour of Fielding Garr Ranch is for visitors of all ages! Meet at the ranch at 6:00 pm, as it gets dark, and imagine yourself there after a long day’s work. This is a family-friendly program without the ghost stories and investigations taking place at other evening ranch programs this month. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather–there is no power or heat. For more information, contact caldrich@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.

October 30
Frary Homestead Sunset Hike/Ghost Hunt
In September of 1897, Antelope Island resident Alice Frary passed away as her husband fought for his own life to bring her medicine from the mainland. Meet at the Frary Homestead trailhead and take a half-mile guided hike to the Frary homestead as the sun sets. Then spend some time at the homestead site to see if Mrs. Frary is still there. Hike will leave the parking lot at 6:45 pm. This program is limited to 15 participants. Please register by e-mail to caldrich@utah.gov, or by phone (call or text) at 801-927-0545.

 

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.

November 10
14th Annual Live Bison Auction
To help maintain the bison at the sustainable level of 500-550 animals, the park will hold its 14th Annual Live Bison Auction beginning at 10 am in the Auction Shed at the Bison Corrals. Because there are no natural predators on Antelope Island capable of keeping bison numbers in check, every year the herd is rounded up, and approximately 200 are sold at a public auction in order to keep the number of animals to a level the island can support through the winter.

Auction Information:
2018 Auction Flyer
2017 Sale Results
2018 Meat Processing

 

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