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To Ogden with your children for a nature outing.

To Ogden with your children for a nature outing Ponds, meadows, streams, and woodlands are some of the varied habitats your youngsters will see on a summer visit to the 127-acre Ogden Nature Center, 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Here they'll be introduced to native plants and get a close-up view of friendly wildlife that--due to injury or imprinting--can't survive in the wild: mule deer, raccoons, a ferret, hawk, and owl. There are also geese, sheep, rabbits, and a goat.

The farmhouse is home to several turtles, gopher and garter snakes, and a hive of bees--you can see the hive's interior through glass walls. Note the collections of shells, pelts, nests, eggs, and minerals.

Two short trails go through field and water habitats. You'll see Russian olive trees, mint, burdock, jointgrass (used by Indians for scrubbing), cattails (once used for weaving chair seats), and teasel (for carding wool). Kestrels and screen owls have nesting boxes along the trail, and boardwalks take you to a pond and nesting boxes for wood ducks. A picnic ground and tree house with a rope swing over a stream are at the far end of the preserve.

The center is at 966 W. 12th Street, a mile east of I-15, just east of the IRS Center. You can visit weekdays from 9 to 4, Saturdays from 10 to 4.

On September 13, the Center hosts a Western barbecue picnic. October 4 is the annual open house. Call (801) 621-9795 to check on these special events and on summer day camps.
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