Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park is open daily 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Montville Township, and Naturalist (“Astro-Nat”) Chris Mentrek is eager to show you around this International Dark Sky Park during special programs all season long.
Do you love outdoor movie nights? If so, mark your calendars for Observatory Park’s movie scheduled for these Saturdays: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”on June 23rd, “Peter Rabbit” on July 14th, and a fan’s choice film on August 11th. (Learn how you can vote for the August film on our new website under Activities, then Special Events.) Preshow activities begin at 8:00 p.m., with each movie starting at dark and including free popcorn and lemonade.
Enjoy full moon programs from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29th (The Frog Moon), Sunday, May 27th (The Corn-Planting Moon), and Thursday, June 28th (The Strawberry Moon).
If you’re a hiker, enjoy a 2.5-mile Hidden Gems Hike on Saturday, May 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. along a fairly new trail through woodland and wetland, or register to kick off your summer with a 2-mile Solstice Sunset Hike on Thursday, June 21st, the longest day of the year, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Naturalist-led night sky viewing will be offered at Oberle Observatory using park telescopes these Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: April 14th and 28th, May 12th and 26th, and June 9th and 23rd.
Hour-long hands-on astronomy education will be presented these Fridays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: April 13th and 27th (Cloud Spotting), May 11th and 25th (The Seneca Anomaly), and June 8th and 22nd (Exoplanets & How to Find Them), followed by night sky until 11:00 p.m. if weather permits.
Registration is required to come with your horse to one or both of the Horseback Trail Rides scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd – one faster, one more slowly paced – or with your dog to the Hound Hike scheduled for Sunday, June 24th.
And finally, “Astro-Nat” Chris will open the Robert McCullough Science Center and Oberle Observatory these Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., all featuring The Sky Tonight Planetarium Shows at 2:00 p.m.: April 15th and 29th, May 13th and 27th, and June 10th and 24th.
Learn more about Observatory Park any time of day or night on our new website. Cloudy skies will cancel some programs; to check in before coming, please call the Observatory Park hotline the day of the program at 440-279-0820.
For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online at Geauga Park District, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.