Intro Greetings from Theodore Roosevelt National Park!
We are excited to announce that the annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival is kicking off its 8th year on Saturday August 15th. But something is different this year.
It’s no surprise that this summer has been unlike any we have experienced before. The park has faced many changes to combat the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, including the alteration of normal NPS operations, services, and ranger programs.
For the last several years, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has welcomed night sky enthusiasts of all ages and different levels of expertise to this spectacular event to share passion and interest for all thing’s night sky. This year, to help slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus, park staff and NPS volunteers are taking Dakota Nights to a virtual online experience!
From topics including globular clusters, to constellations, engaging hands-on activities for children, exploring the magic of star lore, and learning about special adaptations of some amazing nighttime animals, join us from the comfort of your home as we explore the wonders of the nighttime environment. Follow our Facebook page this week as we share more information on the specific topics being discussed for this year’s Dakota Nights.
The day before the festival, we will share a schedule of the topics and times being covered with events kicking off at 8:00 am MST.
We are eager to share the dazzling beauty and mystery of the night sky with you during this virtual experience – See you Saturday August 15th!