Schedule of Events

A cowboy contemplates a clear, starry night sky over the desert horizon at Big Bend National Park, Texas.
A cowboy contemplates a clear, starry night sky over the desert horizon at Big Bend National Park, Texas.

© Tyler Nordgren (with permission only)

The following events are a partial listing of night sky activities at national parks. For additional offerings both inside and outside the parks, including astronomical events, visit the Where to Stargaze and More Night! website pages.

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  • Rock Creek Park

    Young Planetarium

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly

    Calling all kids! Learn about the twinkling stars and wandering planets during this introductory astronomy program.

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    • Time: 4:00 PM
    • Location: Nature Center
    • Fees: Free
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

    National Park Movie Night

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Join George Rogers Clark NHP for another installment of National Park Movie Night.

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    • Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Location: George Rogers Clark NHP
    • Fees: Free
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018

    How many species of bats are found at Tonto National Monument? What do bats eat? Where do bats like to sleep? Hike to the Lower Cliff Dwelling with a park ranger and discover more bat facts! 

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    • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Bring blankets and chairs for this evening of stargazing on the beach. Bring bug spray too!

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Ramp 43 Parking Lot
    • Fees: free!
  • Big Thicket National Preserve

    Full Moon Night Hike

    Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Experience the Big Thicket by moonlight on a night hike under a full moon!

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    • Location: Variable
    • Fees: Free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Winter Night Sky

    Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Discover this month's brightest stars, planets, and constellations and hear their stories in the only planetarium in the National Park System.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Nature Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Exploring the Universe

    Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly

    Discover the wide world of astronomy! Visit distant galaxies, nebulas, and other deep-space objects. Ages 7 to adult.

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    • Time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    • Location: Nature Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Lighthouse Tour: Highland Light Night Climb

    Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Special Light Up the Night Full Moonrise and Sunset Climbs.

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    • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Highland Lighthouse, 27 Highland Light Road, North Truro.
    • Fees: $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
  • Rock Creek Park

    Winter Night Sky

    Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Discover this month's brightest stars, planets, and constellations and hear their stories in the only planetarium in the National Park System.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Nature Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

    Astronomy Program

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

    Join us for a night viewing stars, planets, and other celestial bodies through telescopes. Activities for children will be available. Meet behind the Visitor Center at 8:30PM.

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    • Time: 8:30 PM
    • Location: Sagamore Hill Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Exploring the Universe

    Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly

    Discover the wide world of astronomy! Visit distant galaxies, nebulas, and other deep-space objects. Ages 7 to adult.

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    • Time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    • Location: Nature Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    Frog Frolic

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    Start the evening with songs around a campfire while roasting marshmallows. Then join the ranger led night hike around Sibley Pond, looking and listening for frogs and other nocturnal wildlife.

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: 3760 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067
    • Fees: A current $5 Daily Park Pass, Annual Park Pass, or an America the Beautiful Pass is required!
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

    Night Sky Program

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    View the dark sky at the Monument!

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: Florissant, Colorado
    • Fees: $7.00 per adult (15 and younger free) Federal Lands passes accepted
  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Spring Star Party at Horizons Observatory

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Join us at the Horizons Observatory, located two miles down the road from Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park at Prosper Valley School, for our first annual Spring Star Party! 

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    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Location: The Horizons Observatory at Prosper Valley School 1071 Pomfret Rd Woodstock VT
    • Fees: Free
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Stargazing

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Every 2nd Saturday of every month

    Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Call ahead to confirm time of program at 219-395-1882.

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    • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM,5:30 PM to 7:30 PM,6:00 PM to 8:00 PM,8:00 PM to 10:00 PM,8:30 PM to 10:30 PM,7:30 PM to 9:30 PM,6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Kemil Beach Parking Lot
    • Fees: Free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Exploring the Universe

    Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly

    Discover the wide world of astronomy! Visit distant galaxies, nebulas, and other deep-space objects. Ages 7 to adult.

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    • Time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    • Location: Nature Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    The Slave Dwelling Project

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    The Slave Dwelling Project, headed by Joseph McGill, is dedicated to preserving surviving African American slave dwellings. Join him at Kingsley Plantation for a special evening presentation.

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    • Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Kingsley Plantation- 11676 Palmetto Ave.
    • Fees: Free
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    Frog Frolic

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    Start the evening with songs around a campfire while roasting marshmallows. Then join the ranger led night hike around Sibley Pond, looking and listening for frogs and other nocturnal wildlife.

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: 3760 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067
    • Fees: A current $5 Daily Park Pass, Annual Park Pass, or an America the Beautiful Pass is required!
  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Stargazing

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: Great Kills Park - Parking Lot A
  • Pecos National Historical Park

    Starry Nights at Pecos

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Join us for an evening under the wonderful Western sky. Event is weather dependent. Check with the Visitor Center regarding specific program start times.

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    • Location: Pecos National Historical Park Visitor Center
    • Fees: FREE
  • Rock Creek Park

    Exploring the Universe

    Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly

    Discover the wide world of astronomy! Visit distant galaxies, nebulas, and other deep-space objects. Ages 7 to adult.

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    • Time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    • Location: Nature Center
    • Fees: Free
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