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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  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Astronomy Night

    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Come out and enjoy the night sky as we look at the moon and other bright sky objects through telescopes.

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    • Location: Harkers Island Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Ranger Program: Chasing the Stars

    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Join rangers and the Astronomical Society at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Boulder Beach Amphitheater to learn about the night sky and to discuss the impacts of light pollution on national parks.

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    • Location: Boulder Beach Amphitheater
  • Rock Creek Park

    Under African Skies

    Saturday, February 3, 2018

    Join a ranger for a unique look at sub-Saharan Africa's night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month.

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

    Winter Night Sky

    Saturday, January 27, 2018

    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
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    Winter Owl Prowl

    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Meet night time raptors while enjoying an evening of stories, songs, and sounds of the park.

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    • Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: 8615 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
    • Fees: $5 parking fee waived
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy

    Monday, February 26, 2018

    Learn about traditional Navajo astronomy with Dr. David Begay.

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    • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Location: Grand Canyon Visitor Center Theater
    • Fees: Free and open to public
  • Big Thicket National Preserve

    Full Moon Night Hike

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

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    • Location: Variable
    • Fees: Free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Full Moon Walk (reservations required)

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Explore the park by the light of the full moon. Times and locations vary each month. Reservations required no more than 7 days in advance. Maximum six people per reservation. Outdoor clothing and gear appropriate for the conditions are required.

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    • Time: 5:00 PM
    • Location: Varies
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Guided Fullmoon Snowshoe Walk

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Experience Cedar Breaks in a whole new light! Join a ranger for guided full moon snowshoe hikes to learn about our closest celestial neighbor and discover how the full moon affects both our lives and the nocturnal inhabitants of Cedar Breaks.

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    • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Rattlesnake Trail - Cedar Breaks National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Sunrise Opening

    Friday, March 2, 2018

    The park opens its doors early, providing a rare opportunity to witness the light of sunrise over the mission.

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    • Time: 6:00 AM
    • Location: Tumacácori Mission Grounds
    • Fees: Normal entrance fees apply
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Stargazing

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

    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
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Parowan Library: Winter Star Party

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    Join a Cedar Breaks Ranger for one of our winter star parties! This party is hosted at the Parowan Public Library, rangers provide telescopes, and visitor are encouraged to bring their own as well!

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    • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
    • Location: Parowan Public Library, 16 S Main St, Parowan, UT 84761
    • Fees: Free
  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Stargazing

    Friday, March 23, 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