Explore the solar system with Conserving Carolina

Published 10:34 am Friday, August 4, 2023

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Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve to feature “The Summer Sky – Surfing the Milky Way” 


MILL SPRING—Conserving Carolina invites the community to join them for a free lecture entitled, “The Summer Sky – Surfing the Milky Way,” presented by April Ryan, of Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, on Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve in Mill Spring.

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Come learn about our solar system and deep space beyond. Planets, supernovas and galaxies will be revealed! Explore our galactic neighborhood, close to home and millions of light years away. Explore our earth’s climate and the planets of our solar system, and uncover techniques used to observe other parts of the galaxy in an effort to learn more about how our own sun and planets came into being. Travel 4.5 billion years into the past, when our sun was born, up to the current day of our planet Earth.

Located in Rosman, N.C., the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to STEM education and space science outreach. A former NASA site that was originally built in the 1960s as a secret base for satellite technology development, the site is now open to all as PARI hosts public and private events, tours, open houses, summer camps, field trips and more. PARI operates with the help of its volunteers, donors and community partnerships to reach as many people as possible. 

This lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve.  Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, visit Conserving Carolina’s website and “calendar” tab, conservingcarolina.org/calendar.

The next program at Walnut Creek Preserve will be held on September 16, when the Carolina Raptor Center, will present, “Raptors Inspire!” with live birds! This will be a great program for the entire family, so bring the kids! 

For more information about Walnut Creek Preserve, visit www.walnutcreekpreserve.com.  Please note, Walnut Creek Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group). Walnut Creek Preserve’s Nature Center is located at 179 Conservatory Lane in Mill Spring.

Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world. For more info visit, www.conservingcarolina.org.


Submitted by Pam Torlina