Guest: Rich Csenge
President and Founding Director
Southern Utah’s Amazing Earthfest
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“Kanab’s Earthfest enables people to experience, appreciate and connect with Mother Earth, enjoy high caliber creative and performing arts, outdoor learning, discovery and adventure, and build informed connections to their public land through direct experience of its natural values including wildlife habitat and ecosystem functions, cultural sites, geology, spectacular scenery and dark night skies.”
Amazing Earthfest is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Kanab, Utah, established in 2007 to produce an annual public festival celebrating National and State Parks, National Forests, Monuments and Public Lands of the Colorado Plateau, delivering experiential learning opportunities to thousands from across the nation and internationally.
Our events appeal to adults and youth interested in learning more about the natural world, Earth’s natural systems, plus Native American and historical Pioneer cultures. Amazing Earthfest offers scheduled activities in Arts and Culture, Community, Documentary Film, Outdoor Adventure, Science and Land.
Kanab’s Earthfest enables people to experience, appreciate and connect with Mother Earth, enjoy high caliber creative and performing arts, outdoor learning, discovery and adventure, and build informed connections to their public land through direct experience of its natural values including wildlife habitat and ecosystem functions, cultural sites, geology, spectacular scenery and dark night skies.
Here are five public astronomy events for you to enjoy at the 13th annual Amazing Earthfest:
May 11 – Celebrate National Astronomy Day at Zion Mountain Ranch in Mt. Carmel, UT with a gourmet “farm to fork” supper at Cordwood Restaurant followed by a moon and star party with telescopes and the perspectives of the Southern Paiute from 9 to 11 pm. http://www. zmr.com
May 13 –See the moon and constellations through telescopes and learn how a group of residents in Kanab are planning to create a public educational astronomical observatory for southern Utah. A panel discussion with audience Q&A will explore the many values of preserving natural darkness and how you can help protect starry nights in your community with a comprehensive outdoor lighting ordinance! 8 pm to 10:30 pm at the Kane County Water Conservancy District, 725 E. Kaneplex Drive, Kanab.
May 15 and 17 – First Star People: 9 pm to 11 pm. Experience the exceptional darkness of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with a BLM night sky Ranger and telescopes at two remote sites on the monument; Nephi Pasture Trailhead in Kanab, and Head of the Rocks Scenic Overlook on Hwy 12 in Escalante. Learn the Native American perspectives of the Navajo and the Paiute peoples, and how sky quality measurements determined GSENM’s eligibility for an IDA Dark Sky Sanctuary designation!
May 16 – City Lights & Starry Nights: 9 pm to 11 pm. Glowing and growing cities and towns across the world have diminished the treasures of the sky. Kanab, however, is a haven for the heavens! Who doesn’t relish the wonder of a deep star-filled sky? Bring the whole family to this in-town location and find out how to balance the primal experience of starry nights with the need for public safety and city lights. Witness the startling beauty of the moon and stars through astronomical quality telescopes. Learn how the City of Kanab is working to preserve your view of the stars!
Visit amazingearthfest.com to learn more and to register