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Dark Sky Festival

On Saturday, September 24, 2022, Sequoia Parks Conservancy will host the ninth annual Dark Sky Festival in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The Dark Sky Festival is the largest astronomy event in Central California and takes place in various locations throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks including Giant Forest, Grant Grove, and the Foothills. The day will be full of guest speakers, solar viewing, and best of all, star parties!

Keynote Speaker: Kate Gunderson

Event is FREE to attend and park vehicle entry fees are waived that day.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

GIANT FOREST & LODGEPOLE

Walk Around the Solar System
10 AM to 11 AM - Big Trees Trail

NASA: Climate Change
11 AM to 12:00 PM - Beetle Rock Education Center

Solar Viewing
10 AM to 2 PM - Giant Forest Museum

Kids Zone!
10 AM to 2 PM - Giant Forest Museum

Presentation by Caltech
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM - Beetle Rock Education Center

NASA Journey to Mars
2 PM to 3 PM - Beetle Rock Education Center
Amateur Astronomy and Astrophotography in our National Parks and Public Lands
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM - Beetle Rock Education Center

Keynote Speaker Address
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Lodgepole Campground Amphitheater

STAR PARTY!
9 PM to 11 PM - Wuksachi Lodge back parking lot

GRANT GROVE VISITOR CENTER

Saving the Dark Film
10 AM to 11 AM

Meet & Greet with our Keynote Speaker
11 AM to 12:00 PM

Presentation by Caltech
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Antikythera Mechanism
2 PM to 3 PM

Saving the Dark Film
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

STAR PARTY! (Big Stump Parking Lot)
9 PM to 11 PM

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
KATE GUNDERSON

Kate Gunderson is a mechanical and
aerospace engineer currently attending the NationalTest Pilot School in Mojave, CA through a flight test engineering fellowship.

To pursue this opportunity, Kate left her dream job at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where she worked as an engineer and NASA’s
youngest Flight Science Officer aircrew member, supporting various astronaut training activities and airborne science missions flown all over the world.


Please note the program will NOT be available during the event to conserve paper.

Available now: www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org/darkskyfestival 


Starts: September 24, 2022

Ends: September 24, 2022

Location: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
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