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Every year astronomers and star gazing enthusiasts visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park for 3 days of education, story telling and viewing the night sky. Enjoy discussions of NASA missions, stories of the stars from cultures of the past and present day, and information about the park’s night time critters.

Special
Event

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Sept 16-18

All Day!

Event Itinerary

Telescopes & Stargazing in the Park

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday   |  8:30 pm – 11:00 pm Peaceful Valley Ranch

Join amateur astronomers and rangers under the stars. Rove from telescope to telescope, each trained on a unique
space object, while you listen to stories of night sky science and mythology. (Telescope field consists of gravel lot.)

Nighttime Keynote Presentations in the Park

Fermi Paradox: Why E.T. Can’t Phone Home with Doug Lively

Friday | 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Cottonwood Campground Amphitheater
The search for life in the universe and why we’re having a difficult time finding it.

Fallen Star: A Story in the Sky and Earth with Dakota Goodhouse (Tahansi/Sic’esi/Leksi)

Saturday | 7:00pm – 8:00 pm Cottonwood Campground Amphitheater
Explore the story of ascension of the traditional Lakota folk hero Fallen Star, his last camp on the vast open prairie, and his last journey to the stars.

Finding the Constellations with Andy Smithkin

Sunday | 7:00pm – 8:00 pm Cottonwood Campground Amphitheater
Discover how rangers view the night sky and how they unlock the secrets to finding the constellations.

Daytime Talks in the Park

Intro to E.E.A. with Doug Lively

Saturday | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm South Unit Visitor Center
A discussion of Electronically Assisted Astrophotography and how it differs from traditional Astrophotography.

JWST Revisited with Lynn Powers

Saturday | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm South Unit Visitor Center
Check out the amazing photos the James Webb Space Telescope has been taking!

Fallen Star: A Story in the Sky & Earth with Dakota Goodhouse (Tahansi/Sic’esi/Leksi)

Sunday | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm South Unit Visitor Center Amphitheater
Explore the story of ascension of the traditional Lakota folk hero Fallen Star, his last camp on the vast open prairie, and his last journey to the stars.

Fun In The Sun Activities In Medora

Solar System Hike

1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm Chateau De Mores – outside if sunny, inside if raining
Hike the distance between the Sun and Neptune (sorry, Pluto!) with a ranger.

Solar Scopes

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Chateau De Mores – outside if sunny, cancelled if raining
Safely view the sun through solar scopes with our amazing Astronomy Volunteers-In-Parks!

Hands-on Activities

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Chateau De Mores – outside if sunny, inside if raining
Hands-on activities for all ages to inspire curiosity about the day and night sky.