Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 6th Annual Star Party

bhdsp_dark_skiesBeaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
6th Annual Star Party

A Party under the Stars

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

Sunday, Sep 4, 2011

Thank you for supporting your local national park by purchasing an entry pass at the park gates and campground kiosk. The event is free for all visitors with a valid park pass.

On the Labour Day weekend join us for our annual celebration of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve (BHDSP) hosted by:

  • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Edmonton Centre
  • Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Parks Canada Agency – Elk Island National Park
  • Strathcona Wilderness Centre
  • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
  • Sherwood Park Fish and Game Ketchamoot Creek Recreation and Conservation Area

Sunday, September 4th marks the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve.

Outdoor activities include public stargazing with astronomers using a variety of telescopes, and children’s activities.

Indoor activities include a photography workshop, astronomical presentations, interpretative programs and red light flashlight assembly. Please join us as we welcome our new partner, Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, into the BHDSP.

Outdoor Event Program

2011 Program Brochure

2011 Program Brochure

4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village presents storytelling and children-s games at the Blue Events tent, near the playground.

5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Royal Astronomical Society of Canada welcomes visitors to experience the skies through special solar telescopes. Astotin beach area and theatre deck.

6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Elk Island National Park presents red light flashing making workshop, at the red tent, near the entrance to the Astotin Theatre. Please bring a flashlight to modify.

7:30 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. Royal Astronomical Society of Canada volunteers present night-time telescope viewing, on the lawn, throughout the Astotin Lake Area; Pavilion Cook Shelter overlooking the beach. Later observing dependent on sky and astronomer conditions!

Indoor Event Program

Astotin Theatre

5:00 P.M. Yuichi Takasaka presents a workshop entitled Landscape Astrophotography in the Canadian Climate featuring the special challenges northern photographers face: Mosquitoes, clothing and gear, and how to protect your equipment in minus 40 Celsius degrees!

6:00 P.M. Elk Island National Park presents Space Canoe 2.0 – Conserve the Cosmos. Join park interpreter and Space Cadet Matt as he continues his mission of cosmic discovery and once again searches the solar system to answer the age old question -Can life exist beyond our little blue planet–

7:00 P.M. Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Partnership presents Welcome Ceremony – Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. Strathcona Wilderness Centre welcomes Miquelon Lake into the Dark Sky Preserve on behalf of the partnership.

7:15 P.M. Miquelon Lake Provincial Park presents DSI: Dark Sky Investigator – A little girl-s outdoor quest takes a turn when she encounters a grumpy owl which sends her on a nocturnal adventure in search of darker skies. A lively, interactive family theatre show.

8:30 P.M. Yuichi Takasaka presents A Dark Sky Journey through beautiful Canadian landscapes. Yuichi-s spectacular professional photography includes images and video from his recent trip to the Yukon

9:30 – 10:30 P.M. Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-s Bruce McCurdy presents Follow the Water: The Search for Life in the Universe. Bruce is a fountain of astronomical knowledge! You will be inspired and captivated by this presentation and questions are welcome.

10:45 P.M. Theatre closes.

Making Your Visit More Enjoyable

Washrooms Facilities
Accessible washrooms are located at the Astotin Theatre, near the Dark Sky Panels and at the boat launch parking lot. Washrooms in the Astotin Theatre are open 24 hours a day – accessed via the exterior of the building. Portable washroom facilities available on site.

Astotin Theatre
The Astotin Theatre will be closed at 10:45 p.m.
Please no pets or food in the Astotin Theatre.
Seating is limited.

Telescopes will be set up courtesy of volunteers and amateur astronomers. They are more than happy to have you take a look through their lens. Don’t be shy to ask!

Star Party Survival Kit
Be Star-Bright!  Bring a flashlight to cover with red, night-friendly material that we will supply. Make a red-light flashlight for the enjoyment of all.

Please dress for the weather and night time temperatures.  Insect repellent is recommended.

Many activities will proceed  ‘rain or star-shine’, telescope viewing requires a clear sky.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.