The RECON network is made of over 55 communities on the Western United States ranging from Washington to Arizona, made of teachers, students, volunteers, and countless community members who are enthusiastic about science. This year, we are going to be featuring our communities so that we can get to know the unique cities and people that are part of the RECON network.
This week’s feature is Calipatria, CA! This community joined us in November 2014 and is made up of teachers and students from the Astronomy Club at Calipatria High School led by Keitha McCandless. Check out Calipatria’s Facebook profile to learn more about them!
The RECON network is made of over 55 communities on the Western United States ranging from Washington to Arizona, made of teachers, students, volunteers, and countless community members who are enthusiastic about science. This year, we are going to be feautiring our communities so that we can get to know the unique cities and people that are part of the RECON network.
This week’s feature is Quincy, CA. Quincy has been part of the RECON project since the start of our pilot project in Fall 2012. Charles Arrowsmith teaches astronomy at Feather River Community College and leads the Quincy RECON team. Students and teachers from both the college and Quincy High School are involved, and the Quincy site was featured in a ScienceNation Video about the project. The Quincy team maintains an active RECON page on their Google+ site. Check it out to learn more about this community!
To explore the full list of RECON communities, visit our communities page.
If your community is interested in creating a profile either on social media or through the RECON website, email us at email@example.com.
This past summer 12 RECON team members participated in the 4th annual Lassen Dark Sky Festival in August of 2015. Members helped conduct stargazing and discussions about astronomy with over 4,500 visitors. Since 2012, thousands of spectators visit Lassen national park every year to celebrate special astronomical events including the annular eclipse, the transit of Venus and the Lassen Dark Sky Festival.
Visitors can participate in various activities throughout the festival:
Nightly constellation tours and stargazing
Astronomy activities including solar scope viewing, Junior Ranger Astronomy, and hands-on activities
Lassen National Park is a sanctuary of natural darkness and offers spectacular views of the night sky.
Check out our RECON Team members at the Lassen Festival.
Bob Yoesle, RECON Goldendale team member
RECON team members at Manzanita Lake
John Keller, RECON lead
Check out more pictures of the Lassen Dark Sky Festival here.
Here are future events dates at Lassen National Park: August 12-14, 2016 -100th Anniversary of National Park Service and Lassen Festival August 11-13, 2017 –One week before the total solar eclipse August 3-5, 2018 –James Webb Space Telescope launches in October