Go Big Challenge 2018: Dark Skies program

Oneida,TN (2018-08-05)  Earn points toward your 2018 GO Big patch by joining us for a special evening program at the Blue Heron campground on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. (ET).  We will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Mark Pitts, from Eastern Kentucky University, to interpret the amazing night sky here at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  Visitors will be able to see star clusters, constellations and the Perseids meteor shower which is scheduled for that evening.  Conditions for viewing should be excellent due to the new moon that evening.

The National Park Service (NPS) hosts ranger programs on a variety of topics every Saturday evening starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend at the Blue Heron Campground.  The Blue Heron Campground is located in the Kentucky portion of Big South Fork, nine miles west of Stearns off of Highway 742.  This program is free of charge, handicap accessible and all are welcome.

The GO Big 2018 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 park, becoming a volunteer, taking part in NPS programs and events as well as hiking, biking or paddling in the Big South Fork NRRA.  If you earn 100 points, you will receive a GO Big 2018 Challenge patch, and awards will be given at the GO Big 2018 celebration on December 8.  Download your GO Big booklet at https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/go-big-2017-challenge.htm.