Star Party and Dark Sky Special Event
Oracle State Park
Saturday, June 30, 2018 5-10 p.m.
“Storytelling Sky Tour” 7:30pm-8:30pm. Take a look at the night sky from different points of view, with guest speaker, Jim O’Connor. Meet in the Kannally Ranch House living room for an introductory power-point slide show, followed by a “Storytelling Sky Tour” from the upper patio, for about an hour. Jim’s core astronomical interest is in how various cultures use the night sky. Learn more about the constellations through Native American cultural stories of the local populations (O'odham, Yaqui, Navajo, Apache). He will share contrasts of how each tribe views the creation of the Earth, Sun, and stars and will take participants on a ‘walk’ around the sky to find existing star formations. A reservation is suggested for the sky tour program (520) 896-2425. All events are free with park admission.
Live Music: Bring your own picnic dinner to the Kannally Ranch House upper patio and enjoy live music from 6:15pm-7:30pm with musician, Bruce Carlson, on acoustic folk guitar, sharing songs of Love, Life and Landscapes. Bruce is a local singer songwriter whose style is influenced by Paul Simon and James Taylor. Thanks to Friends of Oracle State Park for sponsoring the music.
Friends of Oracle State Park Telescope Raffle: Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance in the park office – it is not necessary to be present to win! Tickets will also be available at the Friends of Oracle State Park Information/Raffle table, beginning at 5pm the day of the event. The two telescopes to be raffled are on display in the Kannally Ranch House living room. Tickets are $1 each or 10 for $8, for a small Refractor Telescope in Fair condition, with tripod and two eyepieces included. Tickets are $10 each or 10 for $80, for an Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian Telescope in excellent condition – a stellar deal! Call the park at (520) 896-2425 for more details on each. At the event, the Friends table will also have a mix of telescope eyepieces for sale. The raffle winners will be announced later in the evening.
Star Party, 8:30pm-10:00p. Stick around for a Star Party with telescopes, until 10pm, thanks to Oracle Dark Skies Committee and Saddlebrooke SkyGazers Club.
Next Star Party – Saturday, September 1, 7pm-9pm with Tucson Amateur Astronomer's Association
Self-guided tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House
Visit the park office/gift-shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home.
Saturdays and Sundays
Guided Tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House
Drop in for a guided tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House. Tours last about 45-minutes and include a ton of interesting information about this historic family and their time in Oracle.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Star Party and Live Music at Oracle State Park
Join us at Oracle State Park, an International Dark Sky Park, for live music and star party! This fun event will culminate with a stunning view of the night sky over the park!
September 8, 2018
Bat Night at Oracle State Park
Follow Dr. Joel Diamond on a nighttime hike in the park to learn more about the bats of Arizona. Dr. Diamond will give a 30-minute presentation, followed by a netting event excursion! Education plus experience equals science! Please reserve your spot in advance.