The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be conducting “Stars Over The Wichitas” and the public is invited to participate in an evening with the stars. Participants will search and locate major constellations and other heavenly bodies with assistance from an amateur astronomer. Bring your own optics, or view the night skies through a 13″ Dobsonian telescope.
Star-gazing is enhanced at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge because of its lack of major light pollution. An astronomy interpreter for the Association of Friends of the Wichitas, will discuss the history of astronomy, it’s practical uses and goals, and will help visitors identify images found in the night sky.
The two hour program begins 30 minutes after sunset. Participants should meet at the Boulder/Lost Lake picnic area entrance gate. The gate may be located by traveling approximately one and one-half miles west of Camp Doris, then turn left into the Boulder picnic area. Visitors may obtain a Refuge leaflet from dispensers located at each of the five entrances. Binoculars are recommended to assist in viewing the night sky, and a lawn chair may provide desired comfort. The program will be canceled if it is raining or if the sky is overcast.
Participants are limited to 15 per program to assure each visitor has the opportunity to observe several objects through the telescope. Due to the length of the program all participants must be at least eight years of age.
Interested persons are advised that the Refuge’s Public Interpretive Programs are intended for individuals and family units. Only one family’s reservation will be accepted per telephone call. We regret we cannot offer group programs but invite all interested individuals to call for reservations, which are required and may be made by calling the Visitor Center at (580) 429-2197 weekdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.