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

    Exploring the Universe

    Sunday, August 5, 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
  • Rock Creek Park

    Summer Night Sky

    Sunday, August 5, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    View the season's brightest stars, planets, and constellations in the only planetarium in the U.S. National Park System.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Planetarium
    • Fees: Free
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Ocracoke Island: Ocracoke After Dark

    Monday, August 6, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly

    Bring blankets and chairs for an evening of stargazing on the beach! Bring bug spray. Meet at the Ocracoke Day Use Area beach. (1 hour)

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    • Time: 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
    • Location: Ocracoke Day Use Area Beach
    • Fees: Free!
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Hatteras Island: Night Sky Over Hatteras

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly

    Bring your blankets, chairs, bug spray, and telescopes for this evening of stargazing on the beach. Meet at the parking lot near ORV Ramp 43. (1 hour)

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    • Time: 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: Parking Lot Near ORV Ramp 43
    • Fees: Free
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Hatteras Island: Dark Skies and Stars

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly

    Bring blankets, chairs, and telescopes for this evening of stargazing on the beach. Bring bug spray. Meet at the ORV Ramp 25 parking lot. (1 hour)

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    • Time: 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: ORV Ramp 25 Parking Lot
    • Fees: Free!
  • Rock Creek Park

    Young Planetarium

    Wednesday, August 8, 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
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Astronomy in the Park

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Observe the night sky with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and a flashlight. Thirty minute program followed by viewing.

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Evening Ranger Program

    Friday, August 10, 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
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Horseshoe Bend Star Party

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Join the Glen Canyon Night Ranger team and the Glen Canyon Natural History Association to celebrate the beauty of dark skies over Page, AZ

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM,8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
    • Location: Horseshoe Bend parking lot
    • Fees: There is no fee to atend this event
  • Shenandoah National Park

    Night Sky Festival

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Everyday

    A three-day festival celebrating our dark night skies. Join us for presentations, hands-on activities, stargazing, and viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower.

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    • Location: Parkwide
    • Fees: Free with Park Entry Fee
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

    Night Sky Program

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Explore the dark summer skies above Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument!

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    • Time: 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
    • Location: Florissant, Colorado
    • Fees: $7.00 per adult (16 and older) 15 and younger free, Interagency passes accepted
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Peaks of Otter: Dark Senses

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly

    We process much of our surroundings through our eyes, but how do perceive the world when the lights go out? Join this sunset walk around Abbott Lake to learn how nocturnal animals use their dark senses. 

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    • Time: 8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
    • Location: Meet at Lodge Entrance
    • Fees: Free
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Solar Viewing and Junior Ranger Night Explorer

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly

    Solar Viewing & Night Sky Junior Ranger Activites

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Carl Hayden Visitor Center
    • Fees: There is no fee to attend this event.
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Stargazing at Fort Pickens Area

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Join park staff and volunteers from the Escambia Amateur Astronomer’s Association (EAAA) for a fun night out under the stars. Get an up close view of some celestial objects and learn more about the night sky. Telescopes will be available for use.

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    • Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Fort Pickens Area
    • Fees: FREE - Entrance Fee Required
  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series

    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Discover the night sky from Assateague Island! Each series will begin with an auditorium presentation followed by stargazing with telescopes and binoculars (weather permitting).

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    • Location: Virginia District - Herbert H Bateman Education Center Auditorium & Beach Parking Lot #1
    • Fees: Refuge entrance fees may apply
  • Arches National Park

    Celebrate the Stars

    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Rangers from Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park will join forces—and telescopes—to offer visitors a chance to experience "the park after dark." A short ranger talk will be followed by telescope viewing. 

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    • Location: Arches National Park
    • Fees: Free
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Evening Ranger Program

    Saturday, August 11, 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, August 11, 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
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

    Gran Quivira Astronomy Event

    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Come joins us and look at the stars!

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    • Location: Gran Quivira Ruins
    • Fees: FREE!
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Horseshoe Bend Star Party

    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Join the Glen Canyon Night Ranger team and the Glen Canyon Natural History Association to celebrate the beauty of dark skies over Page, AZ

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM,8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
    • Location: Horseshoe Bend parking lot
    • Fees: There is no fee to atend this event
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

    Night Sky at the Preserve

    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Come to the preserve and learn more about the Night Sky with a short orientation and a chance to view the stars through large telescopes.

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    • Time: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: free
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