WINTER AT OBSERVATORY PARK Special this season: guided night sky viewings, Nassau access & Astrotots

Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park in Montville Township is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. now through Memorial Day, and naturalists including “Astro-Nat” Chris Mentrek are eager to lead the way around your International Dark Sky Park this winter.


Guided night sky viewings on this park’s main campus are open for registration at or 440-286-9516 the following Fridays and Saturdays: January 28 and 29, February 11, 12, 25 and 26, and March 11, 12, 25 and 26.


Members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society will also host walk-up night sky viewings at Nassau Astronomical Station (accessed by a different entrance to the park) these Saturdays 7 to 11 p.m.: January 22, February 19 and March 19.


Snag a free astronomy lesson these Fridays 7 to 8 p.m.: February 11 (Dark Matter Discoveries) and March 11 (Find Your Way By the Stars).


Kids ages 3-5 can register to enjoy Astrotots: Constellation Celebration on Friday, February 4, or Saturday, February 5. Meet the magical creatures that hang overhead in the night sky during a planetarium show, and make a simple telescope to take home with you!


It’s always a great time to get involved in Geauga Skywatchers, with meetings held either at a library or online. You can register at for the following Monday evening presentations: February 7 (“Godspeed, John Glenn!”) and March 7 (Make a Star Pointer).


And finally, “Astro-Nat” Chris will continue to open the Robert McCullough Science Center for his famous Sky Tonight Planetarium Shows these Sundays: January 30, February 27 and March 27. Be sure to register in advance for your 45-minute time slot!


Due to COVID-19, face coverings are again strongly recommended indoors. Please check the website before you come out in case of changes or cancellations.


And don’t forget that our mobile-friendly website is also available 24/7 to learn more about Observatory Park, its features and its trails totaling almost four miles. By all means, enjoy!


For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.


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