Space. The final frontier… JSU Little River Canyon Center to hold NASA Star Party & teacher workshop this weekend



Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center and NASA are teaming up this Friday and Saturday to explore the stars and space.

For families  – on Friday evening join the Center for a “Star Party” with NASA educator John Weiss.  Clear skies are predicted for Friday, so it should be a perfect evening to learn about the universe.

For teachers – on Saturday, the Center is hosting a teacher workshop, to train teachers to become an authorized borrower of NASA lunar and meteorite sample disks for education. Teachers will also receive educational materials to distribute and CEU credit will be available.

Below are additional details from the JSU Little River Canyon Center:

JSU Little River Canyon Center
JSU Little River Canyon Center

NASA Star Party
Join us at the Canyon Center for a night of stars. Educator John Weiss from NASA will be leading this star party. There will be opportunities to see meteor and lunar samples, look at stars through the telescopes, and have hot chocolate, cookies, and apple cider.

Date: Friday, December 9, 2016
Where: Little River Canyon Center
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Fee: Free


Teacher Workshop: NASA Lunar and Meteorite
Teachers, you are invited to become an authorized borrower of NASA lunar and meteorite sample disks for education. This workshop will prepare k-12 educators to borrow lunar and meteorite samples for use in educational settings. Information will focus on lunar exploration, lunar and meteorite origins, sample security, and classroom linkages for physical and Earth and Space Sciences. Hands-on activities for the classroom will be taught and teachers will receive free educational materials to use in their classrooms. CEU available.


Register at:
Call 256-845-3548 for more information.
Date: December 10, 2016
Where: Canyon Center
Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Fee: Free


Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

Articles: 2009