Night Sky Programs
“Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a perfect place to observe the heavens and contemplate the universe." --Bob Moler, Grand Traverse Astronomical Society
Weekly Evening Program
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Monthly Star Party Events
With the onset of darkness, the night sky becomes visible along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The night sky opens up an experience that goes beyond day-time activities. This summer the Lakeshore is offering a series of monthly astronomy programs beginning in May and lasting through October; join Park Rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for these monthly guided explorations of the night sky.
Events vary each month, and will include stargazing, eclipses, meteor showers, sun-viewing, and storytelling.
May 23, 4:00-6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Dune Climb
June 20, 4:00-6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Stop #3
June 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), Dune Climb parking lot
July 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m., Platte River Point
August 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m., Port Oneida Fair, Thoreson Farm in Port Oneida
August 12 (Wednesday) 10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m., All night Perseid meteor shower, Dune Climb parking lot
September 12, 9 p.m., Dune Climb parking lot
September 27, (Sunday) 9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m, Dune Climb parking lot
October 21 (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Stop #3
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