Mark Earth Hour in Ashfield with a Celestial Light Show

Earth Hour at the Trustees’ Bullitt Reservation
Saturday, March 31st from 7-10pm

Arunah Hill Natural Science Center will have their telescopes set up, and experts on hand, to guide guests through the bejeweled skies.

Mark Wamsley, Program & Outreach Coordinator at The Trustees of Reservations’ Highland Communities Initiative writes:

Turn out your lights and come see our stars! Join people around the world in marking Earth Hour, a time to reflect on energy use and the future of our planet.

With several planets putting on a spectacular nighttime display over western Massachusetts, the natural theatre provided by the dark skies and spacious fields of the Bullitt Reservation (332 Bullitt Rd.) in Ashfield will be a prime viewing spot. On Saturday, March 31st, from 7-10pm, The Trustees of Reservations will turn off the lights in our own restored, energy-efficient farmhouse for Earth Hour and invite the public to view the natural lighting above. Arunah Hill Natural Science Center will have their telescopes set up, and experts on hand, to guide guests through the bejeweled skies. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all expected to be in view, and a crescent moon will provide opportunities to ponder its craters and other features.

Warming facilities will be available, but dress for nighttime temperatures in the outdoors. Guests must pre-register by phone or email to allow for notice of rescheduling due to weather. Call Wendy Sweetser at 413-628-4485 x1 or email wsweetser@ttor.org to let us know you’re coming. The event is free and appropriate for the whole family.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Steve Crane]

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