Folks are invited to escape the fog of the coast and gaze at the star-studded sky above the Schoolhouse Peak Fire Lookout in the Bald Hills area of Redwood National and State Parks.

Redwood Parks Association will host its annual star party Aug. 23 and 24, featuring renowned astronomer Dr. Robert Scheppler.

The event will begin with a catered dinner and wine, followed by a ranger-led star photography workshop. Participants will then enjoy an evening of gazing into and learning about the wonders of the night sky.

Scheppler will share his passion for the universe and talk about the exploration of deep time, spanning billions of light years. Folks will enjoy a catered breakfast the following morning but will have to make their own sleeping arrangements. They can bring a sleeping bag, pitch a tent or sleep in the back of their vehicle, according to a Redwood Parks Association representative.

Space for the Star Party is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $150 per person, which includes the catered dinner and breakfast. Call 465-7327.

The annual star party is part of the park's goal of protecting, preserving and providing educational opportunities for the public to learn more about our planet's night skies. National and state parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness.

For more information about the National Park Service's Dark Skies program,

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