October 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
See special logistics info below


  • Bobby Magill (Dinner Leader) Reporter, Bloomberg Environment, and SEJ President
  • Li-Wei Hung (Speaker) Night Skies Research Scientist, National Park Service, Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division
  • Brian McGuinness (Speaker) Member, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society
  • Jeffrey Olson (Speaker) Chief of Communications - NRSS, National Park Service
  • Bill Ruecker (Speaker) Member, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society
  • Gary Schroeder (Speaker) Senior Energy Services Engineer, City of Fort Collins
  • Robert Sireno (Speaker) Member, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society
  • Jeremy White (Speaker) Research Scientist, NPS Night Skies Program


Presented by the National Park Service. Attendees will be responsible for their own food and beverage purchases.

This beat dinner is full. Check with the SEJ Information Table on site (near Registration, third floor of the Lory Student Center) beginning Friday at 8:00 a.m. for assistance and open slots.

Join us for a conversation at La Buena Vida, followed by a short bus ride to the Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area just south of Fort Collins. We'll talk about the night skies science work in the National Park Service, night skies programs in parks, how municipalities use the information NPS scientists produce to benefit their communities, and we'll do some night sky viewing with members of the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Night sky viewing is an emerging tourist trend in national parks and in western communities where the population is growing and there is pressure for more nighttime lighting.

Restaurant Info:
 La Buena Vida. Menu. All of our dishes are made from scratch with care by our Mexican chefs. The recipes on this menu come from Hugo and Maria Caballero and many are traditional recipes dating back two or three generations from Michoacan. Estimated price per meal: $12-20.

Special Logistics: 
NPS vans will pick up attendees at the three conference hotels. Two vans will stage for departure from the Hilton and Marriott promptly at 6:30 p.m. and then sweep past the Candlewood en route to the restaurant. It's going to be cold on Friday night. Here's a note from the lead volunteer astronomer on the program: A general "rule of thumb" for skygazing is to dress like you'd be going outside in temperatures 20F colder than actual. So, if it's forecast 40F at 8:00 p.m., participants would want to dress like they are going outside on a 20F day ... full winter gear and multiple layers recommended. Note that it is virtually impossible to dress too warmly in these temperatures. 

Contact with questions: NPS' Jeff Olson, 703-861-8832

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