Junction ISD elementary, middle and high school students gathered recently at South Llano River State Park for a full day of assemblies about night sky issues.
Bill Wren of the MacDonald Observatory joined the staff of the South Llano River State Park to discuss the effects of light pollution on nocturnal species and simple ways to help preserve our night skies. For many of the more than 600 students attended the event, this was a first opportunity to learn about light pollution and its effects. “Over the course of the day we reached over 600 young minds, and while it only takes one of those minds to make a difference, I feel strongly that the message was understood and embraced by many students and teachers alike,” said Scott Whitener, Park Superintendent for South Llano River State Park.
South Llano River State Park was recently named a gold-tier International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) — joining Big Bend National Park, Copper Breaks State Park, and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in achieving International Dark Sky status.