Star Party and Guest Speaker
Oracle State Park
March 24, 2018 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dr. John Barentine of the International Dark-Sky Association, returns to Oracle and offers his extremely educational program “Under Ancient Skies: The Archaeo-astronomy of the Desert Southwest.” The night sky has been a powerful point of connection between humanity and nature since long before the start of recorded history. Ancient peoples' fascination with the stars reached well beyond aesthetic appreciation and intellectual curiosity about the sky! Their celestial amazement touched on aspects of religious faith and the keeping of calendars for agricultural and ceremonial purposes. Dr. Barentine's talk will be followed by a Star Party from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.! The Tucson Amateur Astronomer’s Association will supply both the high quality telescopes and extensive knowledge for this fun, educational event. A reservation is suggested for the 6 p.m. talk, (520) 896-2425; free with park admission.
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.