Planets come into focus at star party
ANTELOPE ISLAND -- A bevy of planets should be visible during a star party at Antelope Island State Park on Saturday.
Look for Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury -- and stars, of course -- at the event at White Rock Bay. Visitors should arrive before 8 p.m.
Telescopes of all sizes, from a few inches to more than a foot in diameter, will be provided by the Ogden Astronomical Society. The Ott Planetarium at Weber State University will provide free star maps.
Solar telescopes will also be set up to view the sun before it sets.
Other 2010 star parties hosted by the astronomical society will be May 8, June 12, Aug. 14, Sept. 11 and Oct. 2.
Admission is $9 per vehicle. The state park is west of Syracuse off Interstate 15's Exit 332.
For more information, call (801) 390-0823. The star party is canceled if the sky is overcast.
Take a hike Saturday at 'March for Parks'
PROMONTORY SUMMIT -- Dust off your hiking shoes for a "March for Parks" on Saturday at the Golden Spike National Historic Site.
The noon event is a part of activities celebrating National Park Week at the site. Visitors should meet at the Big Fill Trailhead parking lot and may choose three different walks, ranging in length from 1.5 miles to 7 miles.
From Saturday through April 24, films from national parks in Utah will play in the visitor center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The celebration ends with a Junior Ranger program at 10 a.m. April 24. Visitors will meet at the Big Fill Trailhead parking lot and take a walk to learn about archaeology with park archaeologist Scott Whitesides and park guide Andrea Carroll.
Admission for all events is free.
The historic site is 32 miles west of Brigham City via Interstate 15's Exit 365 and state roads 13 and 83.
For more information, call (435) 471-2209, ext. 29.
Botanical center event celebrates springtime
KAYSVILLE -- Celebrate spring with arts and crafts and various activities Monday at the Utah Botanical Center, 920 S. 50 West.
The event for families runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and also includes garden walks. At 6:30 p.m., members of the Davis County 4-H program will present an animal show featuring goats, rabbits, turkeys, chickens and a calf.
Admission is free.
For more information, call (801) 593-8969.
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! But what kind?
ANTELOPE ISLAND -- Birds are on the wing come spring -- but just what kind of birds are they?
Bird identification in the field is the theme of a park naturalist program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Antelope Island State Park's visitor center. Participants should bring their own binoculars.
Folks who attend five of the naturalist skills programs, offered at various times, may earn a patch.
Admission is $9 per vehicle. The park is west of Syracuse, off Interstate 15's Exit 332.
For more information, call (801) 721-9569.
USU museum goes to extreme measures
LOGAN -- The Utah State University Museum of Anthropology is going to extremes for "Saturdays at the Museum."
The museum hosts family programs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday, and the theme of this week's fun is "X-treme Sports Day."
Visitors will learn about the different types of extreme sports, such as parkour, skateboarding and urban snowboarding. Presentations and exhibits share the origins and culture of extreme sports, including equipment technology, board styles, and art and symbolism.
Admission to the museum is free.
The USU Museum of Anthropology is in Room 252 of the Old Main building, on campus at 500 N. 700 East, Logan. Free parking is available in the lot south of the building.
For more information, call (435) 797-7545 or visit http://anthromuseum.usu.edu.