Learn the basics of backyard astronomy with no telescope required during a new mid-May special event planned at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s TimberRidge Adventure Center.
The event is called Backyard Basics, and is for all ages, but is recommended for ages five and older with a parent or guardian. This one hour program will go over the basics of simple astronomy, using no more than your own eyes, a star map, and a flashlight. Participants will view seasonally-visible constellations and learn their stories. In case of rain or clouds, an indoor version of the program will be presented.
To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under fun for all. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “astronomy.”
Backyard Basics will take place from 10 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 11, beginning at the Whispering Pines Shelter the TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost is $4 per person for Johnson County residents, or $5 for nonresidents.
For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.
The TimberRidge Adventure Center is a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, and is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. With the exception of an open house in the early spring, the facility is normally accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.
The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.