A whole universe of programming exists for visitors of all ages
Geauga Park District’s newest gem, Observatory Park, is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 10610 Clay Street in Montville Township.
However, this park also offers several naturalist-guided stargazing opportunities, as well as hours in which the Robert McCullough Science Center and Oberle Observatory are open for public viewing.
Each Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m., join an Observatory Park naturalist for self-guided night sky viewing as weather permits.
Then, each Sunday from 1 to 7:30 p.m., visitors can enjoy building open houses to view the meteorite display (featuring a real meteorite you can touch!) and the huge Oberle reflecting telescope. These hours also include The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show each Sunday at 2 p.m., offering a naturalist-hosted preview of what’s happening in the sky during the month.
More structured programming is available for visitors of all ages and interest groups, as well.
Biweekly Friday programs, this season from 7 to 9:30 p.m., include Monsters of the Sky on October 12 and 26; Visitors from Outer Space on November 9 and 23; and Solstice, Seasons & Myths on December 14 and 28. (The Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society brings its telescopes to assist with nighttime stargazing at the second edition of the October and November programs.)
Programs to study the full moons are scheduled for Monday, October 29 (the Hunter’s Moon), from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and on Wednesday, November 28 (the Frost Moon), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Finally, the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society will host its monthly meeting here on Saturday, November 3, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., and children’s programming will explore Observatory Park on October 13 (Crinkleroots, ages 6 to 8, and Muskrateers, ages 9 to 11) and October 19 and 20 (Timbertots, ages 3 to 5 with an adult).
Only the children’s programming requires registration; all others are free to attend and wheelchair/accessible without registration. For details on these and other Geauga Park District programs, visit the website and click Find a Program.