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Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
Numerous scientists will be presenting as part of the Centennial Science Behind The Scenery Programs at Rocky Mountain National Park. This series of programs highlights scientific activity and learning in the park. Each week a different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries. The programs will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and are free and open to the public.
This Thursday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. join Jeremy White as he presents Protecting Night Sky Resources in U.S. National Parks and Beyond. Jeremy is a Physical Scientist with the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service. For the last four years, he has been collecting night sky measurements in national parks across the country. The night sky can be one of the most awe-inspiring views we will ever experience. But the night sky and natural darkness are easily damaged and in many places are becoming lost in the glow of artificial lights. Jeremy will be discussing the ongoing research of the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division.
Next Thursday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. join Karen Barton as she presents Just Listen: Engaging Young People in Soundscape Research in Rocky Mountain National Park. The project aims to locate, record, and map sounds in order to create interactive sound maps of Rocky. Dr. Barton is currently a member in the Geography and G.I.S. Department at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research work with undergraduates will help create sound recordings and develop maps for use as soundscape curriculum in Colorado K-6 classes. This will be an interesting program for the entire family.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park's information office at (970) 586-1206.