Elk Island National Park Dark Sky Preserve on Saturdays
Multiple dates from Saturday, January 18th, 2020 to Saturday, February 15th, 2020
Dark sky experiences Join fellow night sky enthusiasts at Astotin Lake after dark! Elk Island National Park is a member of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve and is a perfect place to experience the stars and planets above. Because the earth is constantly rotating, the night sky changes throughout the year. Snowshoe and Stargaze.
Come take part in two unique experiences at Elk Island National Park: snowshoeing and stargazing! Begin your experience with a short guided hike on snowshoes around the shore of Astotin Lake. Roam atop the snow like a snowshoe hare while stars twinkle overhead. As you march along, the welcoming crackling of a campfire eclipses the soft sounds of nature surrounding you. Grab some refreshments and gather around the fire. Gaze up and stare into the night sky full of stars. With a park interpreter as your guide, navigate the sky of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve; without the glow of city lights around you’ll see more than you knew existed. After learning about the constellations above, strap your snowshoes back on for the short hike back to the Astotin Lake Recreation Area. As you walk along, listen for the crunch of snow underfoot, trees blowing in the breeze, or the call of an owl overhead.
What to bring: Headlamp or flashlight with a red light or red filter Snow/ski pants Appropriate winter clothing; be prepared for two hours outside in cool evening conditions.
Note: Programs may be rescheduled or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Please ensure that the contact information given upon registration is accurate. You will be notified of cancelled or rescheduled programs. Refunds will not be issued if programs run.
Elk Island National Park
54401 Range Rd 203
The event runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on the following dates.
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