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TITLE: Astronomy Campfire (4-Adult)
DESCRIPTION: (4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s'mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Minimum age to attend program is 4yrs.

TITLE: Astronomy Festival
DESCRIPTION: (3-Adult) Enjoy activities including guided star gazing, looking through the telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations round the campfire. Participate in other activities and games throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. Canceled if raining or snowing.

TITLE: Astronomy for Family Fun: Meteor Showers
DESCRIPTION: (6-Adult) Come enjoy hands-on activities and observing through our telescopes to learn about meteor showers. Learn when and where to look for shooting stars to ensure the best chances to find some as we prepare for the best meteor shower of the year: the Geminids!

TITLE: Astronomy for Family Fun: Moon
DESCRIPTION: (6-Adult) Learn about the moon and do fun activities and crafts that help demystify the moon and bring it down to earth. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.

TITLE: Astronomy for Family Fun: Stars
DESCRIPTION: (4-Adult) Why are constellations different around the world? Learn about the natural and cultural science of stars including fun facts about our own star and the most easily viewed constellations. Learn how you can further explore constellations as a family. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.

TITLE: Astronomy Merit Badge
DESCRIPTION: This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Astronomy Merit Badge. Homework and what to bring can be found online.

TITLE: Astronomy Night at Riverbend
DESCRIPTION: (8-Adult) Meet at the Visitor Center to explore different astronomy topics then stick around for a campfire and roast marshmallows. Topics: 12/30 & 2/24 Comets and Meteors; 12/23 & 3/10 Moon Phases and Eclipses; 1/20 Tools and Tech to observe the sky; 2/10 Constellations and Star Charts.

TITLE: Boardwalk Astronomy
DESCRIPTION: (12-Adult) What's new in the night sky? Join park naturalists as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. Canceled in case of rain or other severe weather.

TITLE: Intro to Telescopes (9-Adult)
DESCRIPTION: (9-Adult) Class covers astronomy basics and how to set up and use your telescope. Course content depends on telescope type and includes observing selected objects in the sky using the roll-top observatory, weather permitting. You can bring your own telescope to class.

TITLE: Meteor Astronomy (9-Adult)
DESCRIPTION: (9-Adult) This class covers basic meteor astronomy including what meteors are, their origins, best time to view, fireball reporting, visual and video observing techniques, movie clips from past meteor storms, how one estimates trajectory and orbits and other instrumental techniques used by amateur meteor observers. An optional outdoor visual observing session will be held after class, weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair and warm cover/sleeping bag.

TITLE: Radio Astronomy (9-Adult)
DESCRIPTION: (9-Adult) What can you hear from space? Learn about cosmic noise and what it tells us about the sun, the magnetic structure surrounding some of our planets and the strange decametric radio signals from Jupiter and its moon Io. Learn how our galaxy is mapped using the faint signals from hydrogen atoms and the behavior of molecules and the meanings behind the sounds of pulsars, strange, dense, fast-rotating stars. Come hear what our universe is saying.

TITLE: Sky-watching and Meteor Shower
DESCRIPTION: (4-Adult) Scheduled during the peak period of the meteor shower, we spend the early evening introducing you to the night sky, including meteors, planets and constellations. Bring a lawn chair and relax in the park picnic area, look for meteors and constellations and enjoy the evening with family and friends. A naturalist will be available throughout the evening to answer questions.

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