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Yellowstone Lake State Park to host programs starting Friday
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BLANCHARDVILLE - Yellowstone Lake State Park is offering three free evening programs in the amphitheater near the campground this weekend.

Park naturalist Mark Sturnik will present "Insects 'R' Good Too: Arthropods and More" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Astronomy Department will present "After Sunset - Universe in the Park" from about 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Universe in the Park is based on the idea that the best environment in which to introduce the general public to astronomy is outside, under dark skies. The session will begin just after sunset with a 30- to 40-minute talk and slide show about astronomy. Presenters usually give a broad overview of one or two astronomy topics. Recent astronomical news is frequently discussed, such as the discovery of new solar systems, the demotion of Pluto and the latest results from the Hubble Space Telescope. The talks are presented for audiences of all ages. At the conclusion of the talk, weather permitting, a moderate aperture telescope is set up to provide park visitors the opportunity to view available astronomical objects. The statewide Universe in the Park program of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department is funded entirely by Jere and Anne Fluno.

Mark Sturnik will present "Bats of Wisconsin" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Programs are free, but admission to the park requires a vehicle admission sticker. For more information, call the park office at 608-523-4427.