Kevin Poe, the “Dark Ranger,” will return to Door County thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Door County Environmental Council, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society, and the Boys and Girls Club of Door County. He will hold a family night at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, Sept. 16.
Poe is a park ranger in one of the darkest places in America – Bryce Canyon National Park, but he visits Door County to share the wonders of a dark night sky. He will also visit three Door County middle schools on Sept. 15 and will present a program at Southern Door Auditorium Sept. 16.
Family Night with Kevin Poe begins at 7 pm in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center. With a stunning slide program, he will introduce learners to all ages to astronomy and share information about light pollution. Once darkness falls (around 8:30 pm), Poe will join with members of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society to offer a stargazing session at the Leif Everson Observatory and STARgarden.
To constructively fill the time between the slide program and stargazing, volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club have organized a variety of family activities: roasting marshmallows and making s’mores at the Crossroads Council Ring, stories and crafts in the Stonecipher Astronomy Center, and the opportunity to meet the Dark Ranger and talk to him about ways to protect the dark sky.
During Crossroads’ parking lot expansion, spaces will be available much of the time, but when heavy equipment is present, visitors should park at the Maintenance Building (first drive east of the main entrance) or at the Astronomy Campus parking lot (intersection of Cove Road and Utah Street). The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, is open 2 – 4:30 pm daily and during scheduled programs. Restrooms and trails are always open.