Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is hosting a Star Party Saturday August 12th beginning at 9:30 p.m. at the Fritch Fortress Amphitheater.
The cover of surrounding foot hills and Lake Meredith provides one of the best viewing locations of the night sky in the Texas Panhandle. Come visit Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument throughout the day where Park Rangers will be providing a variety of programs and tours. Star Gazing will begin around 9:45 p.m.
Day programs include:
Paddle Up: Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. 9:30 a.m. 2 hours. Join a Ranger at Spring Canyon for a tour of the Stilling Basin via kayaks. Never been in a kayak? No problem! Park staff will teach you how to Paddle Up. Reservations required. Call (806) 857-3151 for information and reserve a spot on kayaking tours throughout the summer.
Quarries Tour: Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 1 ½ to 2 hours. Join a Ranger on a tour of the Alibates Flint Quarries where Native Americans have collected stones for tools for over 13,000 years. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and proper footwear. 1 mile roundtrip plus 175 feet elevation gain.
Flintknapping Demonstration: Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. All day. Join Park Rangers and Volunteers as they share stories and demonstrate how ancient tools and weapons were made.
Tools and Practices: Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. 12:00 p.m. 45 minutes. Join Rangers as they demonstrate how to use various tools and weapons that were utilized for hundreds to thousands of years by Native Americans.
Paleo Life: Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. 1:00 p.m. 45 minutes. Join a Ranger to learn about ancient peoples who lived on the Texas Plains 13,000 years ago. Learn about their culture, weapons, food, clothing, and family life to understand who the Paleo-Indians were.
Professor Arthur Schneider, Director of Renewable Energy at Amarillo College, will lead the interpretive star gazing at 9:45 p.m. on the Panhandle night sky and stars. The program will take place with outdoor viewing in the parking lot around the Amphitheater. Multiple telescopes will be set up, which will allow participants to observe star clusters, planets, and galaxies. Professor Schneider will guide visitors in observing the night sky with telescopes, binoculars, and the naked eye assisted by Park Rangers. Professor Schneider has conducted star parties in the past at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Clayton State Park, and other schools in the Panhandle area. Participants should bring outdoor clothing, lawn chairs and insect repellent. Activities are free and open to the public. In case of inclement or cloudy weather, the program may be cancelled.
For additional information, please call Lake Meredith National Recreation Headquarters at 806-857-3151 or Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument at 806-857-6680.
(Press Release from Lake Meredith National Recreation Area)