Star Party, Salute to Pollinators Headline June 25-26 Weekend at Oracle State Park

June 14, 2016

PHOENIX - The June 25-26, 2016 weekend offers visitors to Oracle State Park two amazing views of our world: the big night sky overhead and the critical work of pollinators winging around 24/7.

An afternoon-into-evening Star Party with live music and stargazing telescopes will be held Saturday, June 25 and on Sunday, June 26, the park invites everyone for a celebration of National Pollinator Week. Both events are free with park admission.

Kevin Pakulis and his band will play from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, sharing his original brand of Americana - where rock, blues and country meet! Enjoy the sunset from the upper patio of the Kannally Ranch House, and don't forget picnic munchies and beverages. The Star Party is set from 8 to 10 p.m. with telescopes and interpretation of night sky objects provided by Saddlebrooke SkyGazers Club volunteers and Oracle Dark Skies Committee. The event support is provided by the Friends of Oracle State Park.

National Pollinator Week, June 20-26, was designated nine years ago unanimously by the U.S. Senate for the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Hilary Cox will give a presentation on the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles at the Ranch House at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, followed by a short-guided trail walk. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration because pollinators positively affect all of our lives, supporting wildlife, healthy watershed, and more. Park gates will close late by 8 p.m. A reservation is suggested by calling (520) 896-2425.

For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com.

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