Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge hosts a "Star Party"

Posted at 9:08 PM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-24 00:16:32-05

NAMPA — The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge hosted their annual star party to teach kids and families about the science that revolves around the night sky.

On a daily basis the refuge features wildlife and nature, but this day is one they look forward to all year long.

"Really we want to connect kids with science and nature and the night sky in a fun way," said Saskia Van Adrichem of the refuge. "They don't even realize they are learning.

However, the weather didn't cooperate and the night sky was covered up with clouds for this years event, thankfully a mobile planetarium from the College of Idaho allowed for star gazing indoors.

"It's basically a huge dome that the constellations are projected on and then we have Amy from the Wittenberger Planetarium do presentations."

The Wittenberger Planetarium, the Boise Astronomical Society, the Caldwell Library, Americorps, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Deer Flat and the refuge all worked together to put together this free family event.