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Dark Sky Festival

Aug
5
Aug 05, 2016 - Aug 07, 2016
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 2016 for the third annual Dark Sky Festival and share your passion for the night sky and astronomy during this fun weekend.



The weekend will include:

constellation tours

telescope viewings

solar observations

astronaut speakers

kids' activities

model rocket building

National Park Service programs

special Crystal Cave tours

nature walks

audio visual presentations

photography presentations

musical performances

and more!

NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez will be speaking at the Dark Sky Festival on Friday, August 5th at the Three Rivers Memorial Building. We will have activities starting at 6pm and Jose will speak at 7pm.

Dark Sky Festival FAQs



WHEN IS THE DARK SKY FESTIVAL?

August 5, 6 and 7, 2016.



WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL HAPPENING?

The Dark Sky Festival is happening throughout both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, particularly in the Lodgepole and Grant 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. Visit www.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 soon. In addition to the festival, the parks offer plenty of outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Visit http://www.exploresequoiakingscanyon.com/dark-sky-festival.html for more information.