FREE GUIDED TRIPS

Deer Valley Resort, Mountain Trails Foundation and the Park City Recreation Advisory Board will be offering a new series of guided historical hikes this summer.

The free tours will be offered on three Sundays — Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 and 21.

The hikes are designed to be 50 percent exercise, 50 percent learning and 100 percent fun. Organizers will highlight some of the area's mining history along the way, and participants are encouraged to share their own knowledge of local history.

Reservations are not necessary. Hikers need to meet tour guides at Deer Valley's midmountain Sterling chairlift at 9:30 a.m. The hikes are scheduled to last three to four hours and will cover moderately strenuous terrain at Deer Valley Resort.

Participants should be in good shape, wear sturdy footwear, carry plenty of water and snacks and wear proper sun protection.

Hikes will start at Sterling chairlift, wind through the woods to the New York mine, then continue up to the ridge between Bald Mountain and Flagstaff peak for a dramatic view of the Wasatch Mountains. The return route will lead the group through high-mountain meadows and aspen and evergreen groves. Round-trip distance for the hikes will be less than six miles, with an elevation gain of approximately 900 feet.

For information visit www.deervalley.com.

UTAHN OFF TO JAM

More than 100 of the world's most talented women in the action sports world are at Huntington Beach, Calif., to compete in the second annual S3 Supergirl Jam.

The three-day event features surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding competition.

Among those competing will be Kirra Katsenburg of Park City. Her event will be snowboarding.

The event will start tomorrow and run through Sunday.

UPLAND BOOK AVAILABLE

Utah's Upland Game Guidebook for the 2008-09 hunting season is now available.

In addition to sporting goods stores and the DWR's Web site — www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks — guides are available at DWR offices.

"Utah's upland game hunts begin with the ptarmigan season on Aug. 23," said Dean Mitchell, conservation outreach section chief for the DWR. "The upland game season doesn't end until the cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare hunts on Feb. 28."

There are 15 different species of upland game.

NATIONAL SURFING TOUR

The Wave Loch Flow Tour will be at the Salomon Center's Flowrider today.

The Flowrider in an indoor surfing wave.

The competition will bring to Ogden some of the best flowboarders, kneeboarders and body boarders in the country.

The winner of the competition will receive a free round-trip ticket to compete in the national competition at San Diego in September.

This event is open to the public, and anyone can enter. In addition to the competition, Flowrider Utah will host a number of festivities for the July 24 holiday.

The Salomon Center is located in Ogden.

BIRDING AWARD ANNOUNCED

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History has given its Nature Education Achievement Award to Bill Fenimore of Farmington.

The award spotlights individuals and their communities in order to stimulate others to improve and expand the quality of nature education programs across the country.

Fenimore is an author, educator, naturalist and field birder. He owns and operates the Layton Wild Bird Center. He is author of 50 state backyard bird guides.

The American Birding Association recently presented Fenimore with the national Ludlow Griscom Award.

Fenimore gives seminars and workshops on backyard birding basics and landscaping for wildlife. He also leads field trips on nature, with a bird focus through the Wild Bird Center.