Each August, Observatory Park becomes a hub for wishing upon shooting stars – 60 to 80 per hour – and studying night-flying insects during its Moths & Meteors Overnight Event. This year, that night is Wednesday, August 11, from 9 p.m. till 6 a.m. the next morning. It’s always a big night for Ohio’s only International Dark Sky Park!
New this year: registration is required to keep the crowds manageable. (With this view, it can get pretty packed!) Geauga County residents can already reserve their spots, and registration opens for out-of-county residents on August 1.
Visitors may pitch a tent anywhere on the grass to stay the night for the Perseid Meteor Shower. Park telescopes will be available for viewing non-meteors if the weather is clear, and a naturalist will be on hand from sunset to sunrise as your informal guide.
The best meteor viewing in clear weather should be 1 to 3 a.m., but whatever the weather, you’ll enjoy interacting with moths and other nocturnal insects attracted to our black-light and mercury vapor lamps, helping to sample and survey onsite wildlife. Overnighters will be welcome to check the light stations anytime all night long! We suggest you dress warmly and pack bug spray and something warm to drink.
Tents may be set up any time after 4 p.m. and removed by 9 a.m. the next morning. No campers, trailers or generators, and pets must be kept on leash. Inclement weather will cancel the event. Observatory Park is located at 10610 Clay Street in Montville Township.
For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-226-4695 or 440-226-4636 or visit Geauga Park District online via www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.