Children raised in cities dream of nature’s many wonders, such as the light switches on tree trunks that turn on the moon. Tame youthful expectations with today’s Groupon to the Ogden Nature Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get a family day pass (a $12 value). The pass admits two adults and two children ($2 for each extra child at the door).
- For $22, you get a yearlong family membership for everyone in the household (a $45 value).
The Ogden Nature Center indulges natural instincts with a 152-acre preserve and education center filled with exhibits and programming for all ages. Families spend a day traversing 1.5 miles of trails, climbing up the observation tower, and strolling by the tadpole pond. The Birdhouse Trail entices a recorded 149 species of birds with more than 100 creative birdhouses and feeders. Hungry explorers can unwrap sandwiches at a picnic grove before stopping by Arrowhead Pond to scan for cormorants or painted turtles wielding brushes in their mouths to daub each other’s shells. The nearby mews host injured or dependent birds of prey, such as red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, or Chicken Little.
Family membership to the Ogden Nature Center grants unlimited access to the preserve plus discounts at the gift shop and programming run by the L.S. Peery Education Center. The sustainably designed Education Center hosts hands-on exhibits and schedules educational programming about wildlife in Utah, art, conservation, and raising the self-esteem of houseplants.