Backpacks and Night Sky Equipment at Crater Lake

Backpacks and Night Sky Equipment at Crater Lake

Wild Tribute's 4 the Parks donations helped Crater Lake Natural History Association purchase and provide backpacks for seasonal and permanent staff. Upon purchase, the National Park Service arrowhead was sewn onto the packs. Staff use the backpacks daily to carry park radios, first aid kits, program props, water, lunches and other supplies out in the field. The backpacks replaced ones that had become very worn after many seasons of use.

Additionally, Wild Tributes 2018 donations contributed to the procurement of Night Sky Equipment. Crater Lake is working towards becoming an official "Dark Sky Park". One of the requirements to earn such a designation is presenting night sky programs for the public. Crater Lake NHA funding helped purchase a telescope for this purpose a few years ago. This year, the Association used dedicated funds to buy other pieces of needed equipment, including red lights for safety that don't disrupt night vision, a rechargeable battery pack to power the aforementioned telescope, and other assorted supplies for planned Dark Sky Programs. The Association was able to host a very successful program for the Perseids Metor Shower in August, and plans to build upon this success with multiple programs in 2019.