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Dark Sky Festival 2017

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Group: Sierra Dark Skies/Sequoia Parks Conservancy

When: Friday, July 21, 8 am to Sunday, July 23, 10 pm

Where: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA

Cost: Free

Details: The night sky in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is nationally recognized. Our darkness not only adds to the aesthetic qualities of the wilderness but is important to the health of our wildlife. As most of the world is faced with the effects of artificial light pollution, the Dark Sky Festival aims to educate visitors about the importance of this park resource and inspire them to take action in their own community. We hope you join us in the summer of 2017 for the fourth annual Dark Sky Festival and share your passion for the night sky and astronomy.


The weekend will include:
“They Fly in the Night: Bats of Sequoia National Park.”
“Invisible Astronomy”
“National Parks After Dark”
“All About Telescopes”
“The Effects of Outdoor Lighting on the Environment”
“An Illustrated Guided Tour of the Night”
“NASA/JPL: How to Fly Deep Space Missions”
“Life On Other Worlds: Extremophiles in Crystal Cave”
“Living and Working in Space”
more to come!

For more information visit:
http://www.exploresequoiakingscanyon.com/dark-sky-festival.html

FAQs
WHEN IS THE DARK SKY FESTIVAL?
July 21, 22, 23
WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL HAPPENING?
The Dark Sky Festival is happening throughout both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, particularly in the Lodgepole, Grant Grove and Cedar Grove areas.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The programs are no-cost except for the special Crystal Cave tour (normal ticket prices apply). There is a regular fee to enter the parks that is applied by the National Park Service.
WHERE CAN I STAY?
There are several campground options in the parks. Visitwww.nps.gov/seki for information. There are lodges in the parks as well as the gateway community of Three Rivers, CA.
WHAT CAN I DO DURING THE FESTIVAL?
Throughout the day there will be several walks, talks, guest speakers, demonstrations, and kids' activities occurring. The evening will offer star gazing opportunities with highly effective telescopes. A full schedule of events will be posted late-June. In addition to the festival, the parks offer plenty of outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy.

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