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Star Party This Month

Star Party This Month

The San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) holds a monthly Star Party on the third Friday of every alternating month at sunset at the Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Open Space Preserve at the Hwy 67 Staging area.  The next one will be on  Friday, September 15, 2017   at  7:00 PM

Located at the east end of Poway, this venue offers a pretty dark sky for being only 19 miles, as the crow flies, from downtown San Diego. There are no homes or business directly around the viewing area and the panoramic view of the city below is amazing.

Use the park entrance on Hwy 67, ½ mile south of Scripps Poway Parkway. Continue through the gate and up the dirt road about 1½ miles where the Rangers will direct you where to park. Coordinates from Google Earth for the viewing area are: 32°55’47.76″N, 116°58’10.89″W

Program Schedule – Summer 2017

Program Schedule – Summer 2017

 

Over ten miles of trails and service roads open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.  Preserve visitors are welcome to visit our new visitor center.  Live animals and exhibits on Goodan History, Cedar Fire, Kumeyaay and the MSCP are on display.  Live native educational raptors on exhibit by appointment at Preserve Visitor Center.  Call for information.

Events, hikes and programs start at various Preserve locations.  Some require a one mile walk from Goodan Ranch staging to the Visitor Center.  Please check descriptions closely.  No vehicular traffic is permitted in the Preserve.  Transportation for those with disabilities can be arranged, by calling the ranger at (858)513-4737.

Goodan staging area accessed from Poway Rd. east on Garden Rd, then south on Sycamore Canyon Rd.  Sycamore Canyon Rd. ends at staging area.

Highway 67 staging area accessed through SOUTHBOUND Highway 67 only, half a mile south of Scripps Poway Parkway.  All events are free.  For information or to make event reservations call (858)513-4737 or email Justin.Gibbons@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Here is our program schedule for this summer:

 

JUNE

Saturday, June 10th, 2017     7:30pm – 10:00pm

Movies in the Moonlight.   Join park staff for an amazing evening of movies in the moonlight.  A large screen will be set up in the Highway 67 staging area.  Bring your family and friends for a chance to experience a modern movie in a beautiful, natural setting.  Call ranger station closer to date for movie title.  Dress warm and bring a flashlight and something to sit on.  See you all there!

Rain or muddy conditions cancel.

Program will be held at the Highway 67 staging area.

 

Friday, June 23rd, 2017     7:00pm – 10:00pm

Night Hike.  Nature and history come alive at night!  The wildlife of the day goes to sleep and out comes a whole new world of creatures.  Join Park Staff for an enlightening hike and learn all about the history of this amazing preserve as well as the different animals you can encounter here locally once the sun sets.  Bats, snakes, coyotes, tarantulas and more! Come prepared for a 3+ mile moderate hike. Space is limited to 25 so please call (858)513-4737 for reservations.

Rain or muddy conditions cancel. Program will meet at Goodan staging area. 

 

JULY

Saturday, July 8th, 2017     8:00am

Touch Table.   Come out for a weekend hike and join park staff for an interactive touch table to learn more about our local flora and fauna as well as the rich history of this amazing preserve.  Animal pelts, bone clones and historical artifacts will be on exhibit as well as much more.

Program will be held at Goodan Staging area.  RAIN or CLOUDS CANCEL.

 

Friday, July 21st, 2017     Sunset

Star Party.   Join SDAA volunteer astronomers and County Parks for a night with the stars.  Come experience the chance to view our galaxy using the same technology used by the professionals.  Viewers get a chance to see many amazing sights, depending on time of year, that they wouldn’t normally see without the trained eye of the astronomers.  Come prepared to be amazed.

Program will be held at Highway 67 Staging area accessed Highway 67 southbound only.  RAIN or CLOUDS CANCEL.

AUGUST

Saturday, August 12th, 2017     8:00am

Touch Table.   Come out for a weekend hike and join park staff for an interactive touch table to learn more about our local flora and fauna as well as the rich history of this amazing preserve.  Animal pelts, bone clones and historical artifacts will be on exhibit as well as much more.

Program will be held at Goodan Staging area.  RAIN or CLOUDS CANCEL.

 

Saturday, August 26th, 2017     6:30pm – 9:00pm

Night Hike.  Nature and history come alive at night!  The wildlife of the day goes to sleep and out comes a whole new world of creatures.  Join Park Staff for an enlightening hike and learn all about the history of this amazing preserve as well as the different animals you can encounter here locally once the sun sets.  Bats, snakes, coyotes, tarantulas and more! Easy, kid-friendly hike. Space is limited to 25 so please call (858)513-4737 for reservations.

Rain or muddy conditions cancel.   Program will meet at Goodan staging area.

 

 

Snakes Alive! Learn about Snakes in San Diego

Snakes Alive! Learn about Snakes in San Diego

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Want to see some snakes up close? Join park staff to learn all there is to know about San Diego’s snake species including what they eat and how they survive in the wild. Kids and adults are welcome, so bring the family out for a chance to understand a commonly misunderstood reptile. Learn about the good and bad of Snakes in San Diego.  Space is limited to 50 so please call 858-513-4737 for reservations. Guests will park at Goodan Staging area and must walk approximately 1 mile down to the Visitor Center.

Date/Time
April 8, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Location
Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon Preserve

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