Itinerary

Itinerary

Volunteer Astronomy Program

We are excited to have been asked to return for our fourth summer season as Volunteers In the Park (VIPs) at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota.

Where:

Peaceful Valley Ranch located in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Directions: From the Cottonwood campground, turn left (east) onto East River Road.  In 1 mile, turn left to remain on East River Road. In 0.3 miles, turn left into the Peaceful Valley Ranch.

When:

Daily (11:00am – 1:30pm)

Recurring eight minute NASA approved “Our Magnetic Sun” presentations along with an opportunity to view the atmosphere of our Sun through a research quality 152mm Hydrogen Alpha Lunt telescope.

Nightly (10:00pm – 11:00pm)

Astronomy presentations are limited to fifteen people.  Admittance begins at the coned off area in the parking lot entrance to Peaceful Valley Ranch at 9:30pm. Visitors should bring: mosquito spray, a warm jacket, and a chair, along with their curiosity! 

Night presentation will consist of:

  • A demonstration of basic astronomy knowledge
  • the use a planisphere to find constellations in the sky
  • a constellation tour
  • telescope time

All presentations are weather dependent.  Cancelations will be tweeted out at: @geoastro_rv

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Fall & Winter Plans:

We plan to leave Theodore Roosevelt National Park in mid-September and head towards the many sights of New Mexico. We need to stop in Texas for domicile requirements, however, after that, we will again find ourselves in Southern Arizona/California for the later part of the winter months. We will spend a great deal of time with other hobbies besides amateur astronomy after we leave North Dakota.