Welcome to Strawberry Hill
Strawberry Hill’s annual Open House & Members’ Meeting is Saturday, September 20th, 2014.
All are welcome to join us as we review a year of great milestones and look forward to the next! Volunteer recognitions, board elections, and the unveiling of some new Strawberry Hill features will take place. To keep an eye out for more info as it becomes available, click here!
Attention non-members: this is a great opportunity to meet members, learn about the Preserve, and become a member!
Free & open to the public.
Due to tonight’s weather forecast, stargazing has been postponed until tomorrow, July 24th, at 9:30pm. More information below…
Stargazing at Strawberry Hill
July 24, 9:30pm
Explore the science and the stories of the July night sky with Strawberry Hill Naturalist and local planetarium director Ian Clarke. Pack a flashlight for the hike to our viewing location. But once we get there it will be lights out, so our eyes can adapt to the the relative darkness of a moonless night on the Preserve. Then Ian will guide you on a tour of the stars and planets you see. This month, that will include a special star group known as the “Summer Triangle.”
Dress in layers. You may find it warm as you hike, but chilly when you’re standing still at the stargazing site. The talk will be aimed at people using only their unaided eyes, but feel free to bring binoculars if you wish. Due to the hike, however, you should leave telescopes at home.
Please preregister at (717) 642-5840. $5 members / $8 non-members
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