By Tim Kowols
The Dark Ranger, also known as Kevin Poe, Park Ranger of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, will be returning to the area to champion the dark skies efforts of Door County. Poe created this dark sky hero after attaining an International Dark Skies Association designation for the Bryce Canyon Park, wanting to educate communities on the importance of responsible outdoor lighting and the heritage of our dark skies. Dr. John Beck of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society knows that this issue is of great importance in Door County as many locals and visitors are drawn here to the night sky viewing.
The Dark Ranger will be visiting Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol and Southern Door schools, on Friday, September 15th. The following day a public program will be held at the Southern Door Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., the Dark Ranger will be at Crossroads at Big Creek for a special program for the Boys and Girls Club of Door County. This event is open to all families and will include a brief presentation by the Dark Ranger specifically geared towards children and followed by fun activities at the campfire circle and end with night sky viewing at the DPAS astronomy campus.