Star Watch programs at local state parks feature Mike Lynch

(Released August 14, 2014)

Learn the basics of stargazing, astronomy and lore of constellations during Star Watch programs at Lake Shetek State Park on Aug. 22 and Camden State Park on Aug. 23. Both programs begin at 8:30 p.m.

WCCO-AM radio meteorologist Mike Lynch will lead the sessions. Lynch has taught thousands of astronomy classes since 1973. He uses colorful stories and large reflecting telescopes to connect his students to the stars.

Star Watch programs are appropriate for children and adults. Participants will receive a handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope-buying guide and more. Dress for the weather and consider bringing insect repellant.

There is no charge for these programs, but vehicles entering the park are required to have a permit ($5 daily or $25 year-round), which can be purchased at the park.

The Lake Shetek State Park program will be held near the picnic area shelter building. The park is north of Currie on County Road 38. Click here for more information or call 507-763-3256.

The Camden State Park program will be held in the horse camp. The park is on Highway 23, 3 miles southwest of Lynd or 10 miles south of Marshall. Click here for more information or call 507-865-4530.