WSU Brings Arts and Science Education to Local Parks

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University will offer free opportunities to learn about art and science during this summer’s Arts in the Parks and Science in the Parks, held weekdays from June 4 to July 20.

The programs will travel to six different parks throughout Ogden, offering five days of activities at each location. The sessions are hosted from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are open to everyone.

Each day coincides with the Ogden City School District’s free summer lunch program, which means participants 18 and younger can get a lunch for no charge.

“Our goal is to offer free summer activities to youth and parents who are generally considered underserved,” said Todd Oberndorfer, Arts in the Parks co-director. “As this program reaches large numbers of youth within walking distance of their homes, Arts in the Parks is able to serve many who wouldn’t otherwise participate in a Weber State sponsored program.”

Staff and volunteers plan different activities for each day of the week. The week’s program is repeated at each park.

During the week of arts, Monday’s focus is storytelling; Tuesdays are for puppets and theater; Wednesdays and Thursdays are music and dance; and Fridays include a visit from the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s traveling art truck exhibit.

“Kids ranging from preschool to high school age can participate in hands-on, interactive activities that are specifically designed to give families authentic experiences in art,” Oberndorfer said. “This summer’s activities include creating comic book pages, construction paper costumes, tongue depressor harmonicas and paper plate banjos.”

During the week of science, activities will be based on the themes of see it, hear it, build it, move it or feel it. Mondays include work with lenses, magnifying glasses, prisms and infrared cameras; Tuesdays include experiments with telephone cups, stethoscopes and pipes; Wednesdays have circuit building, tornado tubes and aluminum foil boats; Thursdays have giant bubbles, rocket demonstrations and spinning toys; Fridays have moon sand, instant snow and jelly marbles.

“Science in the Parks was created because we want to show kids and families that science is playful and available to them in all kinds of settings, especially in their own neighborhoods,” said Adam Johnston, Science in the Parks director. “We love to host activities in Ogden City parks because there’s such a great opportunity to be outside, where we can work with lots of people and use the space in creative ways. This is a great way to help our own students, especially future teachers, see models for education that they might not have considered before.

Science in the Parks is entering its 12th year, while Arts in the Parks will begin its ninth year. Since the programs began, they have brought science and art learning opportunities directly to the community.

The programs have been free to everyone since their inception, thanks to multiple supporters including Weber County RAMP and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

Arts in the Parks dates and locations:

  • June 4-8, noon-1 p.m., Lorin Farr Park (769 Canyon Road, Ogden)
  • June 11-15, noon-1 p.m., Lester Park (663 24th St., Ogden)
  • June 18-22, noon-1 p.m., Monroe Park (850 30th St., Ogden)
  • June 25-June 29, noon-1 p.m., Mt. Ogden Park (3144 Taylor Ave., Ogden)
  • July 2 - 6, noon-1 p.m., 4th Street Park (275 4th St., Ogden)
    *No activities on July 4
  • July 9-13, noon to 1 p.m., West Ogden Park (751 W 24th St., Ogden)

Science in the Parks dates and locations:

  • June 11-15: Lorin Farr Park (769 Canyon Road, Ogden)
  • June 18-22: Lester Park (663 24th St., Ogden)
  • June 25-29: Monroe Park (850 30th St., Ogden)
  • July 2-6*: Mt. Ogden Park (3144 Taylor Ave., Ogden)
    *No activities on July 4
  • July 9-13: 4th Street Park (275 4th St., Ogden)
  • July 16-20: West Ogden Park (751 West 24th St., Ogden)

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Todd Oberndorfer, Arts in the Parks co-director
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Kathryn MacKay, Arts in the Parks co-director
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Adam Johnston, Science in the Parks director
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