GO BIG 2017: Big South Fork Dark Sky Program, August 26

Oneida, TN (2017-08-20) Has the total solar eclipse made you curious about the distant objects that lie outside our atmosphere?  Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area hopes to inspire you by presenting a captivating dark sky program on Saturday, August 26.  Paul Lewis of University of Tennessee, along with amateur astronomy enthusiasts from across the region, will be here to find and describe the most fascinating stellar objects to explore in the night sky.  Telescopes will be set up for sky observations.  Join us at 9:30 p.m. (ET) at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center parking area as we gaze across the universe at the distant stars and planets.  This program is kid friendly, and the Junior Ranger Night Explorer packet will be available!

All ranger-led campfire programs are free of charge.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothing.  You may want to bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating.  In the event of inclement weather, an alternative dark skies program will be presented in the Interpretation and Education building located next to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  For directions or additional information, please call (423) 286-7275.

The GO BIG 2017 Challenge is a year-long park-wide event designed to motivate visitors to go out and explore their park.  Participants will earn points by answering questions about the nature and history of the park that will require exploration in search of site-specific information.  Some answers may even require a photo to be taken.  Points will also be given for miles hiked, biked, paddled, or equestrian-ridden, so you can get started today!