Newport State Park Celebrates Earth Day and International Dark Sky Week with a Number of Events

Newport State Park celebrates International Dark Sky Week on April 18, 7:30 pm with a presentation and night sky viewing. The presentation will be given by International Dark-Sky Association about lighting and light pollution. There will be sky viewing after the presentation, if weather and conditions permit. All are welcome to bring binoculars and telescopes. Meet in the Nature Center, Lot 1, then move to Lot 3 for viewing.

Then, celebrate Earth Day with a work day on April 21, 9 am to 12 pm.  Volunteers can lend a hand at getting the park ready for another busy season. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring work gloves, lopping shears, pruners, hand saws or whatever else you may want to bring. Lunch will be provided. Meet at the park maintenance shop at 8:45.

Newport will then host a “Save the Monarchs” Earth Day Milkweed Planting Workshop on April 22 at 2 pm. As monarch populations continue to decline, it is more important than ever to maintain habitat critical to their survival. Participants will learn about the monarch lifecycle and the importance of planting milkweed. All participants will be able to take seeds, seed trays and soil home with them. Meet in the Nature Center, Lot 1.

These programs are free, but a state park sticker is required to attend.


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