Gina Poulson with the National Park Service at Organ Pipe National Monument has invited us to host various star parties at the Monument this year. Due to the government shutdown, this is very short notice but someone may still be able to help out.
The parties will be held on February 4, 2019 and again on March 6, 2019. Additionally, each Saturday evening will be open for us to host stargazing until mid-April until the weather gets hot.
There are camp sites available for us to use and there is drinking water throughout the campsites. There is a sanitary dump site within the camp, but no hook-ups at the sites. Most of us are self-contained anyway.
The dates available for us to host are on the new moon dates. The March 6 date may conflict with our Messier Marathon but the Marathon site and the Monument are not too far away from each other. Please note that all Saturdays are open until mid-April.
Please let me know, or Gina, if you can host one of the events. Gina’s email address is Gina_poulson@nps.gov, her phone number is 740-817-2796. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, phone is 623-853-6202.
Please consider helping out Gina with the star party outreach events. The Monument is applying for a Dark Sky Park designation and the location will be very dark and have cool nights at an elevation of 3,00 feet.