Embrace the Darkness

Embrace the Darkness - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthAn Enchanted Rock Star Festival will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., February 21, at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which has been designated by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) as a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park.



Efforts by staff and volunteers have helped earn this special status by changing out lighting for more efficient options, shielding lights and putting on programs that showcase the importance of night sky protection and preservation of our astronomical view shed.

This full-day event begins as the darkness turns to morning light with a sunrise program and ending with a Star Party chock full of telescopes and a constellation tour by McDonald Observatory’s own Bill Wren. Throughout the day there will be activities for children and the young at heart. An IDA dedication ceremony, bat programs, astral photography programs, Better Lights for Starry Nights, sunset yoga, solar viewing, glow-in-the-dark face painting, night hikes with park rangers and more are part of the fun.

Location: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg, TX. For more information, call Scott Whitener at 830-685-3636 or email Scott.Whitener@tpwd.texas.gov.

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