Spring Events at Craters of the Moon

June 01, 2016

Craters of the Moon News Release

Contact: Visitor Center staff

Phone number: 208-527-1335
Date: 5/27/2016


Spring Events

With sparse crowds, nice temperatures and abundant wildflowers, spring is a great time to visit the park. Join us as we celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service with the following special events:


May 20 – July 30: Sun Valley Center Art Show in Ketchum and Sculptures at Craters of the Moon
Craters of the Moon is an exhibition in two parts, with a multi-artist exhibit at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum and specially commissioned sculptures on display at Craters of the Moon through late September. Stop by the visitor center or visit the Sun Valley Center website to find out more:
http://sunvalleycenter.org/visual-arts/upcoming-exhibitions/


May 28: Wildflower Walk
Late May through June is the peak of the wildflower season at Craters of the Moon. Join us on this Ranger-guided two mile walk that will cover a variety of habitats and introduce participants to a number of plant species. Pack a lunch to be eaten in the field, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the Tree Molds parking lot at 2 p.m. Call (208)527-1335 to make a reservation, walk is limited to 25 people.

June 3-4: Star Party
Join experts from the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society and our very own “Astro-Ranger” to experience the universe under our naturally dark skies. Opportunities for solar viewing will be available at the visitor center both days. At 9:30 p.m. each evening there will be a presentation about the night sky at the campground amphitheater. Then head to the Caves Area parking lot for telescope viewing of the skies above. Call 208-527-1335 for more information.

June 5 - Labor Day: Ranger guided Walks and Talks 
Explore a lava tube or join us for an evening presentation. Walks and talks and Junior Ranger activities are offered daily throughout the summer. Look for a detailed schedule at: http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

June 10-11: Nature Photography Workshop (NHA)
The Craters of the Moon Natural History Association (NHA) will be offering a photography workshop taught by photographer and retired park ranger, Douglass Owen.  You will learn photographic techniques and naturalist skills that will lead to greater success in nature photography. There will be a classroom session from 1-5 p.m. on Friday evening. Saturday will be spent in the field shooting pictures. All of the registration fee ($50) will go to assist schools with travel expenses for field trips. Call 527-1360 to make a reservation, workshop is limited to 15 people.  Meet at the visitor center. 

June 18: Wildflower Walk (NHA)
The NHA  will be offering  a wildflower walk led  by retired park ranger, Douglass Owen.  All of the registration fee ($20) will go to assist schools with travel expenses for field trips. Call 527-1360 to make a reservation, walk is limited to 25 people.  Pack a lunch to be eaten in the field, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the Tree Molds parking lot at 10 a.m. Call (208)527-1360 to make a reservation, walk is limited to 25 people. 

June 16: NASA Community Day
Join scientists and park staff to learn more about NASA research in the park this summer. There will be tours and demonstrations by NASA and ISU scientists at the Arco Community Park (2-5 p.m.). The day’s events will be followed by a special Ranger-led Lunar Ranger activity for kids and a presentation by scientists at the Craters of the Moon Visitor Center. (6-8 p.m.). The NPS and NASA have a proud legacy of working together at Craters of the Moon beginning with the 1969 visit by Apollo astronauts. When humankind walks on Mars, the combined efforts of these agencies will help bring them there…

June 25: Pioneers/ Craters Bike Tour 
Bring a mountain bike and join us for a tour of Goodales Cutoff…where the Pioneer Mountains meet the lava. This 16-mile ride covers relatively flat terrain along an old pioneer trail with part of the loop circling back on the highway. Mountain bikes are recommended due to soft sections of trail. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. In addition, there will also be a family-friendly 4-mile ride on the loop road the same day. Any type of bicycle will work on the loop road. Rides are co-sponsored by the Pioneer Alliance. Call 208-726-7485 for reservations. Bring water and snacks.