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Spring Calendar of Events Walk Through A Park Enjoy a mid-morning stroll and the chance to win a children’s book by author, Barbara Paape. Sat., April 10 9:00- 10:30 a.m. Stargazing Join Laura Cotts, guest astronomer from Southern Utah University, for a night of stories and stargazing! Sat., April 17 8:15- 9:30 p.m. Exploring Desert Potholes Fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp, clam shrimp and more…study the amazing organisms dependent on desert potholes during a two-mile round-trip hike. Sat., April 24 9:30- 11:00 a.m.

habitat and look for signs of reptiles! Learn about their unique desert adaptations during an evening slideshow.

and the chance to explore the unique formations of a lava tube! Sat., May 15 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Hike- Thurs., April 29 6:30- 8:00 p.m. Program- Fri., April 30 6:30- 8:00 p.m.

The Desert is Home to Many Though not always seen, Snow Canyon is teeming Up in the Night: with wildlife! Enjoy a Intro to Bats rare look through the Eighteen species of bats lens of Rick Fridell, call Washington County Utah Division of Wildlife home. They are creaResources Biologist, as tures so sophisticated he shares his observaand so misunderstood! tions of canyon wildlife Join Keith Day, Wild- in their desert home. life Biologist, and learn Friday, May 21, 2010 more about bats and 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. who’s ‘up in the night’! Fri., May 7 Nature’s Bounty 7:30- 9:00 p.m. Learn about the local bounty that supported Snow Canyon earlier inhabitants of the Geology Hike region. Learn to identify From volcanic activity medicinal and edible and lava flows to petri- plants, and their tradified sand dunes—learn tional uses during this more of the shaping 1.5-mile round-trip hike. power of geologic forces! Sat., May 29 Join geologist, Janice 9:00- 10:30 a.m. Hayden, on this twomile, roundtrip hike. Nature Sketching Sat., May 8 Explore the fun of 9:00- 10:30 a.m. nature sketching on this 1.5-mile, roundtrip hike!

Desert Reptile Awareness Are you aware that Southern Utah has the greatest number of reptiles in the state because of its diverse plant communities? Join Ann McLuckie, Wildlife Lava Tubes Tour Biologist, on a morning Sat., June 5 Join park staff for a hike in desert tortoise 9:00- 10:30 a.m. two-mile, roundtrip hike

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All listed events are free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required. Program registration is held two days proceeding the scheduled event. Register by phone or in person. For more information or to register for a program contact park staff at (435) 628-2255. Johnson Canyon ranger-guided hikes offered twice weekly through April & May. Program times vary— call for current weekly schedule.

Palmer’ Penstemon, by Maria Werner .


New Exhibits! Snow Canyon State Park 1002 Snow Canyon Drive Ivins, UT 84738

Phone: (435) 628-2255 Fax: (435) 628-9321 Email: snowcanyon@utah.gov Web: www.stateparks.utah.gov

Utah State Parks: Providing opportunities to enhance the quality of life by preserving natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

If you haven’t been by Snow Canyon’s park headquarters lately, stop in with your family on your next opportunity and explore the new exhibits! From wildlife to wildflowers and geology to human history, colorful and interactive panels offer visitors information on many of the frequently asked questions about Snow Canyon. Hands-on displays also offer visitors a chance to touch a Gila monster skull, ancient grinding stones, and a tortoise shell! Donations from park visitors made this educational display possible. We look forward to your visit this spring!

New 2010 Visitor Center exhibit

Utah State Parks invites you to join us for ROCKIN' Utah 2010... it's Family Fun Outdoors 101! Would you, your family or friends like to play outdoors more but just aren't sure where to start? Let us show you how! Desert Wildlife Detectives Saturday, May 22 Snow Canyon State Park Young detectives needed. Children 5-12 will hike and decipher clues left by animals. Make a wildlife track t-shirt or bandana to take home. Space is limited; pre-registration required. There is a $10 fee per family. To sign up for this or other exciting activities, call (801) 5373123 or email rockin@utah.gov .

New 2010 Visitor Center exhibit


Call Of The Canyon - Spring 2010 Newsletter - Snow Canyon State Park