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

Monthly Summer 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.

Check the calendar for upcoming star parites.

Each month the events will be taking place at a different location within the Lakeshore to take advantage of all prime viewing locations within park boundaries.

The monthly star party events will be cancelled if the sky is not visible due to weather conditions. An official decision will be made by the Lakeshore, usually, one hour before the event. To find out whether an event has been cancelled please check our Facebook page, or Twitter feed, or call park rangers at 231-326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision.

Monthly programs are free of cost, participants need only to purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an annual pass displayed in their vehicle.

What to Bring
If planning to attend the event be sure to bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car, bug spray, and if needed, a blanket as the temperatures tend to be cooler in the evening.


Last updated: June 30, 2022

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