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Craters of the Moon schedules fall events

Craters of the Moon National National Monument and Preserve is kicking off the fall season with several events this month.

A park release said fall is the perfect time to explore, with cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, and then 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. after that. Daily ranger-guided walks and are held through Sept. 30.

Here’s a look at the fall events:

Star Party, Friday-Saturday: Join experts from the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society and experience the universe under our naturally dark skies (Craters of the Moon was recently designated as an International Dark Sky Park). Telescopes will be set up in the Caves Area parking lot for viewing the stars and planets. Dress warmly and bring flashlights.

Nature Photography Workshop, Sept. 30: Join retired park ranger and certified professional photographer, Douglass Owen, for a presentation of tips, techniques, and practices to improve your nature photography. The event is sponsored by the Craters of the Moon Natural History Association and will be held in the Craters of the Moon visitor center. Class is free, but a suggested donation of $10 to support school visits to the park is recommended. Reservations are required, contact the park at 208-527-1335 or crmo_information@nps.gov.

Earth Science Week Hike, Oct. 14: Join a park geologist for a hike on the Tree Molds trail to view volcanic features and the only fossils at Craters of the Moon. Reservations are available by calling 208-527-1335 or by email at crmo_information@nps.gov.

Fee free, Sept. 30 and Nov. 11-12: Craters of the Moon National Monument will join all national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees to celebrate National Public Lands Day (Sept. 30) and honor our veterans (Nov. 11-12)_.

Present at Yellowstone’s annual Fall Photo Festival

Photographers are invited to show off their images of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem at the 15th annual Fall Photo Festival, scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center.

Photographers will present their digital images to festival attendees. Presentations will be limited to either 25 images or five minutes. Photographers will narrate their presentations and are encouraged to provide tips on their techniques.

Anyone interested must register by 5 p.m. Wednesday with South District Naturalist, Rich Jehle at 307-344-2840 or rich_jehle@nps.gov to register.

The event is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

Kelly Island Campground to close Tuesday

The Bureau of Land Management Upper Snake Field Office announced Tuesday that it will be closing the Kelly Island Campground for the season beginning Tuesday.

The campground is located on the South Fork of the Snake River. Gates to the site will be locked at 10 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 26 and all motorized vehicle entry will be restricted during this time.

For more information, contact the Upper Snake Field Office at 208-524-7500.

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