MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora invite curious minds of all ages to celebrate North Dakota’s dark night skies. Park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types will gather for the Fourth Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.
“People have been studying the night skies for millennia,” said Chief of Interpretation Eileen Andes. “Dakota Nights celebrates the beauty and fragility of this awe-inspiring resource and makes it accessible and fun for people of all ages. You don’t have to be an astronomy expert; the festival has something for everyone.”
Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching, a “build your own telescope” workshop, “sun gazing,” solar system hikes, family astronomy activities, and hourly presentations in Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome. As a special offering this year, the park is proud to host NASA lunar samples! Visitors are welcome to enjoy presentations by nationally recognized speakers at 7:00 p.m. MDT each evening at the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater. Afterwards, astronomers will reveal the mysteries of the universe while star gazing in a field of more than a dozen telescopes at Peaceful Valley Ranch. Read More »
Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora
MEDORA, ND – The fourth annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival will be held September 23 – 25 in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora.
This year’s guest speakers are Dr. Tyler Nordgren, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Redlands, artist, photographer, astronomer, and night sky ambassador; Dr. Joe Shaw, Director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University; and Dr. Paul Barnhart of the Department of Natural Sciences at Dickinson State University.
Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching; programs inside Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome, solar viewing, solar system hikes, telescope building, and family activities. NASA lunar samples (moon rocks) will be on display. Evening star gazing with a field of telescopes manned by park rangers and astronomers will take place at historic Peaceful Valley Ranch in the park. The full schedule of events is available for download at www.nps.gov/thro. Read More »
For the past 51 years, the Medora Musical as we know it today has been entertaining audiences from across the country. The musical has come a long way since the original Old Four-Eyes show at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in 1958 and the production of Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again – A Medora Musical in 1965. So how did the original show compare to the one we all know and love today?
Live music also slated for Monday afternoon to help kick off finale week of the Medora Musical
(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that Labor Day Monday in Medora will feature an exclusive off-day showing of Jared Mason: LIVE! and the new Medora Gospel Brunch that has received rave reviews in its first season.
National Park Service Centennial Events
MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park will join the National Park Service in celebrating its 100th anniversary, offering a variety of activities and events Thursday, August 25 through Sunday.
The celebration will begin with the release of the America the Beautiful Quarter honoring Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Thursday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. MDT at Painted Canyon Visitor Center. Read More »
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