National Park Service Night Sky 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, October 17, 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
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Evening at the Cape

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Experience the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and island as the Lighthouse Keepers did, in the dark of the night.

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    • Location: Harkers Island, NC
    • Fees: $28 per person (includes ferry cost)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Evening Ranger Program

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Every Friday and Saturday night in March, join us for an Evening Ranger Program. Meet a ranger or special guest for a program exploring different subjects related to the Guadalupe Mountains: wilderness, wildlife, geology, night skies, flora, history.

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    • Location: Location at Pine Springs CG will be flexible in case of inclement weather.
    • Fees: FREE
  • Friday, October 19, 2018

    Special Highland Lighthouse sunset climb.

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    • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Location: Highland Lighthouse, 27 Highland Light Road, North Truro.
    • Fees: $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
  • Friday, October 19, 2018

    Everyday

    A night sky photography exhibit at Hiouchi Visitor Center, October 19, 2018 - January 13, 2019

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Hiouchi Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Solar Viewing at Carl Hayden Visitor Center

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    View our closest star through special solar scopes.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Carl Hayden Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Astrophotography Talk: Shooting the Stars

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Get tips on how to photograph the night sky.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Page Public Library
    • Fees: Free
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Evening at the Cape

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Experience the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and island as the Lighthouse Keepers did, in the dark of the night.

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    • Location: Harkers Island, NC
    • Fees: $28 per person (includes ferry cost)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Evening Ranger Program

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Every Friday and Saturday night in March, join us for an Evening Ranger Program. Meet a ranger or special guest for a program exploring different subjects related to the Guadalupe Mountains: wilderness, wildlife, geology, night skies, flora, history.

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    • Location: Location at Pine Springs CG will be flexible in case of inclement weather.
    • Fees: FREE
  • Rock Creek Park

    Exploring the Universe

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday 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
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Join National Parks at Night photographers and gallery curators for a free to discussion about the From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Waters project and photography exhibit.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Hiouchi Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    Hunter’s Moon Campfire & Night Hikes

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Enjoy the campfire and then view the forest and meadows along the Chattahoochee River by the light of the Hunter's Moon.

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    • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center, 8615 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
    • Fees: FREE
  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Night Photography Workshop

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    A hands-on mini-workshop to learn fundamental techniques and concepts of night photography and light painting.

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    • Time: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • Location: Hiouchi Visitor Center
    • Fees: $75 (cash or check, only)
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Everyday

    A night sky photography exhibit at Hiouchi Visitor Center, October 19, 2018 - January 13, 2019

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Hiouchi Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Spooky Night Sky

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Halloween night is just around the corner, and that means one thing: a weird and spooky sky! Join rangers for this unearthly special program.

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

    Exploring the Universe

    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday 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

    Night Patrol and Orionids at Old Harbor

    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    The heroic surfmen of the U.S. Lifesaving Service were always ready for a rescue, especially at night. The station and beach after sunset offer exciting opportunities for exploration.

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    • Time: 6:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at the Race Point Beach bathhouse.
    • Fees: Free
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Everyday

    A night sky photography exhibit at Hiouchi Visitor Center, October 19, 2018 - January 13, 2019

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Hiouchi Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Spooky Night Sky

    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Halloween night is just around the corner, and that means one thing: a weird and spooky sky! Join rangers for this unearthly special program.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Nature Center.
    • Fees: Free
  • Monday, October 22, 2018

    Everyday

    A night sky photography exhibit at Hiouchi Visitor Center, October 19, 2018 - January 13, 2019

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Hiouchi Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Everyday

    A night sky photography exhibit at Hiouchi Visitor Center, October 19, 2018 - January 13, 2019

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Hiouchi Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
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