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Fort Frederick State Park Hosts Astronomy Program

Big Pool, Md. (September 15, 2011)Fort Frederick State Park will host a fun and exciting astronomy program at 8 p.m. on September 24.

The program, held at the newly-created amphitheater behind the nature center, will focus on observational astronomy with the chance to try out the parks new, 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope. Fort Frederick State Park is an ideal site for astronomical observation because skies are dark with minimal light pollution. Participants may be able to view double stars, distant galaxies, nebulae, and star clouds of the Milky Way through the park’s new telescope.

Led by a park naturalist, this free program is open to the public, with overnight camping available on 29 sites at a cost of $15 per site. Amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their telescopes and binoculars to the event and share their knowledge and enthusiasm. Apple cider will be provided. Parking is available at Captain Wort’s store. In the event of clouds or rain the program will be rescheduled at a later date.

Fort Frederick State Park is located off of Route 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, in Big Pool, Md. For information call the park at 301-842-2155 during office hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   September 15, 2011

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