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Feb. 8, 2016
 
Explore cosmos at free Star Party Feb. 20 at Veterans Oasis Park

Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) will host its annual Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park from 7 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona's amazing night sky. Visitors may see the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more.
 
The event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. The EEC is located within the park at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road., just east of Lindsay Road.
 
Prior to the telescope viewing, visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk around the park’s lake. The signs and monuments that make up the educational walk include information and images about the sun, planets, and other objects in the solar system.
 
Telescope viewing takes place outside from 7 - 9 p.m. at the east end of the parking lot. Also, although it’s best to arrive early to see as much as possible, participants may arrive and join the program at any time.
 
Visitors should park in the west side of the parking lot and then walk to the east side of the lot, where the telescopes will be set up. Visitors are asked to please drive carefully, since the park lights will be turned off during the program. Flashlights are discouraged near the telescopes, but those who wish to use the park for other activities, such as fishing, are encouraged to plan ahead and bring their own low-level lighting such as a lantern or headlamp.
 
Inclement weather could alter or cancel this event, so it is recommended that interested participants check visibility Saturday, and if the sky is cloudy, call the EEC at 480-782-2890 for updates.
 
The Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park is a green facility that promotes eco-friendly lifestyles through modeling and through programs, classes and workshops for children and adults. The EEC is open six days a week: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The EEC is closed on Sundays and on City of Chandler holidays.
 
Like all City of Chandler parks, Veterans Oasis Park is open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every day of the year. For more information about the Environmental Education Center or Veterans Oasis Park, please call 480-782-2890, send an e-mail to EEC@chandleraz.gov, or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.