Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park in Montville Township is open daily 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. now through Memorial Day, and Naturalist (“Astro-Nat”) Chris Mentrek and other naturalist staff are eager to show you around your International Dark Sky Park during these upcoming programs this winter.
To begin, if you’d like to discover what makes this property so special, register ASAP for one of the limited spots to join a naturalist on a 2.5-mile hike, discovering early springtime forest and meadow, during Hidden Gems Hikes: Exploring Observatory Park on Sunday, March 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Guided night sky viewing will be held using the huge research-grade telescope at our Nassau Astronomical Station these Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.:
- January 11th
- January 25th
- February 8th
- February 22th
- March 14th
- March 28th
Astronomy nights led there by Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society volunteers on January 18th February 15th and March 21st.
Take in hour-long, hands-on astronomy education these Fridays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., followed by night sky till 11:00 p.m. if weather permits: January 24th (Light Pollution Solutions), February 7th & 21st (Pluto & Friends), and March 13th and 27th (Black Holes).
Full moon programs are:
- Friday, January 10th – The Wolf Moon
- Sunday, February 9th – The Frost Moon
- Monday, March 9th The Worm Moon
Kids ages 3-5 can sign up to enjoy Astrotots: There’s No Place Like Home, and discover what makes Earth so special, on Friday and Saturday, January 24th and 25th. And Cadette Girl Scouts can word on their Night Owl badge (all requirements covered) on Saturday, February 1st. Register for these soon at Geauga Park District or 440-286-9516.
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.:
- January 26th
- February 23rd
- March 29th
Want to learn more about Observatory Park? Visit our website any time day or night at Geauga Park District. We look forward to seeing you!