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Dr. Nordgren travels the U.S. giving multimedia presentations on the beauty of America’s national parks, especially during those hours when the Sun is down. As Dr. Nordgren’s series of widely available, popular posters, says, “Half the park is after dark.” But Dr. Nordgren’s presentations reveal that astronomy in the parks doesn’t end when the Sun comes up. As a professional astronomer he reveals that in many instances the geology in the parks were designed to protect are perfect examples of what the visitor could see walking across the surface of Mars or skiing across the snow-covered landscape of one of Saturn’s moons. In addition, the sky on display in America’s parks has been an important part of the lives of the people who’ve made these places their home for thousands of years. Dr. Nordgren’s series of lectures and presentations are designed for everyone from general audiences, to amateur astronomers, to park rangers looking to learn new ways to share the beauty of our parks with the visitors who travel there from around the world. Over the last five years Dr. Nordgren has been invited to speak in parks from Acadia National Park along the Gulf of Maine, to the bottom of Death Valley National Park in California and over a dozen parks in-between. Dr. Nordgren can regularly be seen each summer at the Sierra Club’s LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley and on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for their Fourth of July evening astronomy program and patriotic sing-a-long.