Central Washington University’s Nature of Night, an annual exploration of nighttime science, will feature new and exciting educational activities for kids and adults this year. The event, scheduled for Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Black Hall, is a free educational event open to all area residents and visitors.
Hosted by the CWU Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education in collaboration with the CWU Science Education Club, the CWU Astronomy Club and the CWU Don and Verna Duncan Civic Engagement Center, the event will offer the community an opportunity to explore the wonders of the night.
The lobby of Black Hall will host a large number of educational experiments and displays from a wide variety of local agencies and volunteer groups. Participants will have the opportunity to see live birds of prey, hear and identify the sounds of the night, learn about space, and even eat a self-decorated star cookie.
Astronomy activities will be provided to address astronomy achievement requirements for Cub Scouts, Webelos, Brownies and Junior Girls Scouts.
CWU professor, Bruce Palmquist, will give participants a personalized guided tour through the nighttime sky in the STARLAB Bubble Planetarium in scheduled shows throughout the day (10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.). Since space is limited, preregistration is recommended. Preregistrations will also be taken for a show on the wonders of our Solar System (10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.) and a show to learn about Mapping the Skies (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.) using computer software.
To preregister, e-mail your name, number of participants and desired show to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-963-2929.