Astronomy for everyone


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



Hanging Rock held an astronomy evening through the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers on Friday and Saturday. The group will be back the weekend of October 7 and 8.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Hanging Rock State Park hosted a free event through the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers in front of the Hanging Rock Visitors Center on Fri. and Sat. Aug. 12 and 13. Visitors and locals enjoyed the night sky through high powered telescopes. Piedmont Astronomers will be back at Hanging Rock on the weekend of Oct. 7 and 8.

The park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, the interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.

Here’s what the park has scheduled for the remainder of Aug.:

Wed., Aug. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Bath House – Box Turtle Connection. Join a ranger for a short hike and learn about North Carolina’s state reptile, the eastern box turtle. Participate in several activities along the lake trail before performing a scientific search for turtles in the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water to drink if needed.

Thurs., Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. – Canoe with a Ranger at Lake Bath House. Join a ranger to enjoy a quiet canoe trip on the Hanging Rock Lake. This program goes over basic canoe techniques and enjoys the sights and sounds of nature. Bring questions and be prepared to be out on the lake for about 45 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided. There is no fee, but pre-registration is a must. Limit 15 participants. Sign-up by calling (336) 593-8480.

Fri., Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Stokes Farmers Market. The Stokes Future Farmers’ Market provides both economic opportunities for local farmers and artisan crafters and access to fresh local food and local crafts to residents and visitors in Stokes County. Current vendors sell seasonal fresh produce, locally-raised beef, honey, handmade scented soaps, homemade baked goods, handmade jewelry, hand-painted decorative items, handmade kitchen fabric items, wreaths and garden art. Local massage therapist provides chair massages — a great way to relax after hiking adventures! The Market is open every Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. through September.

Sat., Aug. 20 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Leave it to Beaver. Stop along the Upper Cascades Trail to learn about the true engineer of home-building and the expert in close family ties. Feel its lustrous fur, examine its skull, and discover the abilities of this aquatic genius.

Sun., Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Bear Essentials. On your way to Hidden & Window Falls across from Shelter 3, stop to feel bear fur, see a bear skull, and learn fascinating facts about the reclusive and seldom-sighted visitor to Hanging Rock State Park.

Wed., Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. – Canoe with a Ranger at Lake Bath House. Join a ranger to enjoy a quiet canoe trip on the Hanging Rock Lake. This program goes over basic canoe techniques and enjoys the sights and sounds of nature. Bring questions and be prepared to be out on the lake for about 45 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided. There is no fee, but pre-registration is a must. Limit 15 participants. Sign-up by calling (336) 593-8480.

Thurs., Aug. 25 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Indian Creek Trail – Many Hats of a Ranger. Tailgate with a ranger to learn more about their multiple roles performed in the park. Tools of the trade will be on display. All are invited to this fun exchange of experiences and questions. Meet at Shelter #3 on the Indian Creek Trail.

Fri., Aug. 26 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Visitors Center – Stokes Future Farmers’ Market

Sat., Aug. 27 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. beginning at Upper Cascades – Leave it to Beaver. Stop along the Upper Cascades Trail to learn about the true engineer of home-building and the expert in close family ties. Feel its lustrous fur, examine its skull, and discover the abilities of this aquatic genius.

Sun, Aug. 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Bear Essentials. Take a break on your way to Hidden & Window Falls across from Shelter 3 to feel bear fur, see a bear skull, and learn fascinating facts about the reclusive and seldom-sighted visitor to Hanging Rock State Park. – Date of Event: Sun, 08/28/2016 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Wed., Aug. 31 – 3 p.m. beginnings at Tory’s Den Parking Lot – Meet a park ranger at 3 p.m. at the Tory’s Den parking lot for a short 0.3 mi. hike to the cave and learn about the history and legend surrounding the area. Please no pets at program. Program length: Approx. 45 minutes.

Hanging Rock held an astronomy evening through the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers on Friday and Saturday. The group will be back the weekend of October 7 and 8.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_HRastron.jpgHanging Rock held an astronomy evening through the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers on Friday and Saturday. The group will be back the weekend of October 7 and 8. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

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