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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2016
Contact: Krista Vossekuil
(925) 228-5040 direct
(925) 478-1901 mobile
krista@jmlt.org

John Muir Land Trust Star Gazing Event

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Fernandez Ranch
Located off of highway 4 between Martinez and Hercules
5:30pm Docent-Led Walking Tour
6:30pm Ice Cream Social
7:00pm – Presentation & Telescope Viewing

MARTINEZ, CA – The stars are aligned for another stellar Stargazing event on Wednesday evening, August 17 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at John Muir Land Trust’s Fernandez Ranch, a permanently protected 702-acre natural area.

This popular annual event, hosted by JMLT in partnership with the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society, offers something for everyone! The evening will begin with a walking tour of the property at 5:30 p.m., followed by ice cream sandwiches and hot chocolate, a presentation for kids of all ages, and views of the stars through the Astronomical Society’s amazing telescopes. Child-friendly materials and a demonstration on how to use the binoculars and equipment will be included.

This evening promises great views of a full moon, Saturn and its ring system, and the Andromeda Galaxy some 2.3 million light years away.

JMLT Stargazing Event is open to the public, free of charge and ADA accessible. To ensure comfortable viewing, guests should bring a blanket and/or chair and flashlight. Budding and experienced photographers alike are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the evening beauty of Fernandez Ranch. Your photograph may be selected for JMLT’s website!

John Muir Land Trust protects and cares for open space, ranches, farms, parkland and shoreline in Contra Costa County. With 2,500 acres now under stewardship, many of the most beautiful places in Contra Costa County are permanently preserved for recreation, wildlife and scenic views.

For information on Stargazing and to RSVP go to www.jmlt.org or call (925) 228-5460.

DIRECTIONS TO FERNANDEZ RANCH

From I-80: Head east on Highway 4. Take the first exit after the Franklin Canyon Golf Course onto Christie Road. Use caution; Christie Road is a minor exit off of Highway 4. Fernandez Ranch is .7 miles down Christie Road on your right.

From Martinez: Head west on Highway 4. Take the Franklin Canyon Exit. Turn left and merge onto Highway 4 eastbound. Take the first exit after the Franklin Canyon Golf Course onto Christie Road. Use caution; Christie Road is a minor exit off of Highway 4. Fernandez Ranch is
.7 miles down Christie Road on your right.

For additional information about our partners:

Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society

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