Geauga Park District
Observatory Park in Montville Township is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day, and naturalists including “Astro-Nat” Chris Mentrek are eager to lead the way around the International Dark Sky Park...
For more information and registration, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Fall At Observatory Park
Observatory Park in Montville Township is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day, and naturalists including “Astro-Nat” Chris Mentrek are eager to lead the way around the International Dark Sky Park.
Registration is required for all the following programs, except for night sky viewing and the lunar eclipse.
To start the season, do not miss the all-new Space Race on Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m. Learn more about the unique special event and sign up online for $20.
Guided night sky viewing opportunities include Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 7, 8, 21 and 22, Nov. 12, 25 and 26, and Dec. 9 and 10 at the park’s main campus (naturalist-led), as well as Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 at Nassau Astronomical Station (Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society volunteer-led).
Ohio experiences a Total Lunar Eclipse in the wee hours of Nov. 8. The eclipse lasts from 4-7 a.m. early Tuesday morning, but the most dramatic part of the eclipse will occur from 4-5:15 a.m., as the moon passes appears to go dark unless it’s too cloudy.
Naturalist Chris presents astronomy education onsite at 7 p.m.: Oct. 7 (Ohio’s Ancient Sky-Watchers), Nov. 12 (Cloud-Spotting with NASA’s GLOBE) and Dec. 9 (Calendars & the Sky), as well as virtual Zoom programs at 7 p.m.: Oct. 21 (Ohio’s Ancient Sky-Watchers) and Nov. 25 (Cloud-Spotting with NASA’s GLOBE).
Full Moon Hikes will be held Oct. 9 (The Hunter’s Moon) and Dec. 7 (The Bear Moon), followed by observation of the full moon rising using park telescopes, weather permitting.
Observatory Park loves its Astrotots and Astrotots XL, both focusing on satellites in October. Youth ages 3 to 5 with an adult can attend Oct. 14 or 15; youth ages 6 to 11 with an adult can attend Oct. 15.
Geared toward grades 6 through 12 – though all are welcome – the Geauga Skywatchers Club is alternating between virtual and in-person meetings throughout the Geauga County Public Library system. Those interested can register at geaugalibrary.net for Monday evening meetings: Oct. 3 (Animal Astronauts), Nov. 7 (topic TBD) and Dec. 5 (The Galileo Mission to Jupiter).
“Astro-Nat” Chris presents his The Sky Tonight Planetarium Shows on Sundays, Oct. 23, Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, during two afternoon sessions.