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Explore earth and sky at Navajo State Park

Under an almost new moon, Navajo State Park will take to the world underneath our feet and to the night skies above with the two programs being presented this weekend.

On Saturday, July 30, at 4:30 p.m. the afternoon Kids’ Corner program is entitled “Small Explorations.” The park naturalist will lead children ages four and older in very short mini hikes in which the children can discover all that can be found in small spaces along the trail. Meet at the Visitor Center for this 45-minute program. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

At 9 p.m. on Saturday at the amphitheatre, Navajo welcomes special guest and retired astrophysicist Dr. Roger Kopp who will present a night sky program entitled “What’s Up in the Sky This Summer?” Kopp will point out various constellations along with visible planets and the Milky Way. Binoculars are recommended for viewing faint objects. If the weather is inclement, a program on a related topic may be given in the Visitor Center Conference Room.

If you would like to be out exploring more of the park’s details for yourself, Navajo continues to offer a new service of scheduling your own personal guided hike with the park naturalist. The park naturalist will be happy to provide a guided experience that is tailored to your special interests and activity level. This service will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon through Labor Day. Twenty-four hour advance notice is required. Naturalist-led hikes on other days of the week can be scheduled at your convenience, as well, with more advanced notice.

All events in the park are free with a Colorado State Parks pass. Call 883-2208 for more information or log on to the park’s website at www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Navajo.

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