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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  • Grand Canyon National Park

    2018 Grand Canyon Star Party

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Everyday

    Join park rangers and astronomers for eight nights in June for some of the best night sky viewing in the country.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:45 PM
    • Location: Grand Canyon South and North rims
    • Fees: Free
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

    Astronomy Program

    Friday, June 15, 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 9:00PM.

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    • Time: 9:00 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

    Evening Program - Passport to the Planets

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Discover the planets of our solar system in this hour-long evening program. Let a ranger be your guide as you explore what it might be like to visit Mars, Jupiter, and more!

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Evans Campground Amphitheater
    • Fees: free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Party with the Stars

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Watch as night descends on Rocky Mountain National Park. Volunteers will be available with telescopes to help you experience the magic of the night sky.

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    • Time: 8:30 PM
    • Location: Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Solar Viewing and Junior Ranger Night Explorer

    Friday, June 15, 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.
  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Stargazing

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Join the Brooklyn Amateur Astronomers Association for stargazing. Cancelled if overcast.

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    • Time: 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
    • Location: Floyd Bennett Field Community Gardens
    • Fees: free
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Stargazing at Fort Pickens Area

    Friday, June 15, 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
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Wahweap New Moon Star Party

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Telescope viewing and night sky wonder.

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: Wahweap Beach
    • Fees: There is no fee to attend this event. There is an entrance fee for the park.
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    2018 Grand Canyon Star Party

    Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Everyday

    Join park rangers and astronomers for eight nights in June for some of the best night sky viewing in the country.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:45 PM
    • Location: Grand Canyon South and North rims
    • Fees: Free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Animals of the Night Sky

    Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    We will blend nature and astronomy as we discover animal constellations and learn some star stories about animals. We also will examine how animals use the night to migrate, survive, and thrive. Ages 5 and older.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM
    • Location: Planetarium
    • Fees: Free
  • Arches National Park

    Celebrate the Stars

    Saturday, June 16, 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
  • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

    Evening Program - Passport to the Planets

    Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Discover the planets of our solar system in this hour-long evening program. Let a ranger be your guide as you explore what it might be like to visit Mars, Jupiter, and more!

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    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Kettle Falls Campground Amphitheater
    • Fees: free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Exploring the Universe

    Saturday, June 16, 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
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument

    Night Sky Ranger Program - Park After Dark

    Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Night Sky Ranger Program - FREE

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    • Time: 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: Capulin Volcano National Monument
    • Fees: Free
  • Petrified Forest National Park

    Nightscape Photography

    Saturday, June 16, 2018

    This nightscape photography workshop will take you inside the park under a moonless night sky for a privileged photography opportunity, using the Milky Way as backdrop to the unique, other-worldly landscape of the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.

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    • Location: Petrified Forest National Park
    • Fees: Petrified Forest Field Institute
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Summer Star Party!

    Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Every Saturday Weekly

    Go on a laser guided tour of the night sky and gaze at celestial objects through park telescopes!

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    • Time: 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
    • Location: Point Supreme
    • Fees: Park Fees Apply
  • Rock Creek Park

    Animals of the Night Sky

    Sunday, June 17, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    We will blend nature and astronomy as we discover animal constellations and learn some star stories about animals. We also will examine how animals use the night to migrate, survive, and thrive. Ages 5 and older.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM
    • Location: Planetarium
    • Fees: Free
  • Rock Creek Park

    Exploring the Universe

    Sunday, June 17, 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
  • Petrified Forest National Park

    Nightscape Photography

    Sunday, June 17, 2018

    This nightscape photography workshop will take you inside the park under a moonless night sky for a privileged photography opportunity, using the Milky Way as backdrop to the unique, other-worldly landscape of the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.

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    • Location: Petrified Forest National Park
    • Fees: Petrified Forest Field Institute
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Ocracoke Island: Ocracoke After Dark

    Monday, June 18, 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, June 19, 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
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