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Contact: Jeff Wolin, (719) 748 - 3253
Florissant, CO: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will offer two special night-time events: a Moonlight Hike on Thursday, March 5;and a Night Sky Program on Saturday, March 14. Join us for both, and compare the light of the full moon to the star-filled darkness of a moon-less night!
Moonlight Hike on the Boulder Creek Trail
Thursday, March 5, 2015 –7:30PM - 9:30PM
Join us for a guided 3-mile hike on the Boulder Creek Trail, by the light of the Full Moon. See the park the way the nocturnal animals see it. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress warmly. Bring a flashlight for safety, but do not expect to need it if the sky is clear–the moon should provide all the light we need! Participants must be 10 years or older.
Night Sky Program: "Measuring the Dark"
Saturday, March 14, 2015 –7:30PM - 9:30PM
Florissant Fossil Beds is a great place for stargazing because our sky is DARK! But could city light from Denver and Colorado Springs be starting to invade even our dark park? We need your help to find out! Join us for a citizen science project, counting the stars to measure light pollution in the park, and learn how you can measure your own skies at home. In addition, views though the telescopes include Venus, Jupiter, several star clusters, nebulae, and more.
Night Sky Programs begin with a short interpretive talk in the Visitor Center, followed by stargazing with telescopes, binoculars, and laser-guided tours of the stars and constellations. Please note that the outdoor viewing is weather-dependent, and takes place only if clear. Indoor presentations take place no matter the weather. Please dress for winter weather in Colorado. Bring binoculars or a flashlight if you wish (red-filtered lights only please).
For both programs:
Admission for the program is the regular park entrance fee, which is $3 per adult (16 years and older);children and federal pass holders are free. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/flfo.
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