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Get Outta Town: Mother Nature’s Fireworks Light Up Lava Beds

A few days before all the patriotic pyrotechnic madness that is the 4th of July in Redding, Anderson and elsewhere, get outta town to see Mother Nature’s fireworks – the night sky above Lava Beds National Monument. Learn why Lava Beds is touted as one of the best places to view the astrological world around us and take an up-close look at some celestial bodies through a telescope.

Astronomy Day and the Night Sky Event, a special program by the National Parks Service, includes a Junior Ranger program, nature walks and talks, and an evening program that will reveal the wonders of the night sky. So grab your telescope and, on the way to buy fireworks, take a detour to visit Siskiyou County for Astronomy Day.

The night sky at Lava Beds National Monument

What: Astronomy Day and the Night Sky Event

When: Saturday (June 2) – 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Evening sky program starts at 9:30 p.m.)

Where: Lava Beds National Monument

Cost: Free

Click here for more information and to download the Sciencenter Sagan Planet Walk audio tour featuring Bill Nye The Science Guy, courtesy of the Sciencenter in Ithaca, New York.

Afraid of the dark? There are plenty of illuminated places to be this weekend. “Get Outta Town” in 10 neighboring north state counties:

Click here for Butte County events.

Click here for Del Norte County events.

Click here for Glenn County events.

Click here for Humboldt County events.

Click here for Lassen County events.

Click here for Modoc County events.

Click here for Plumas County events.

Click here for Siskiyou County events.

Click here for Tehama County events.

Click here for Trinity County events.

Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your North State weekend events to adamm.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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