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Spring at Observatory Park

Photo credit: Bruce Bennett

Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park in Montville Township is open daily 6 am to 11 pm now through Memorial Day, then 6 am to 1 am through Labor Day, and naturalists including “Astro-Nat” Chris Mentrek are eager to show you around your International Dark Sky Park this spring!

To kick off the warmer weather, outdoor movie nights return to Observatory Park this spring beginning with “Captain America: The First Avenger” (PG-13) on Saturday, June 18.  Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and refreshments, and the movie will begin at dusk, moving indoors in case of inclement weather.

Want to try out a variety of park telescopes to view the night sky? Walk-up guided night sky viewing will be held the following Fridays and Saturdays from dark until 11 pm: May 13, 14, 27 and 28, and June 10, 11, 24 and 25.  If cloudy, enjoy a planetarium show instead! Additionally, members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society will host walk-up night sky viewing at Nassau Astronomical Station (accessed by a different entrance to the park) the following Saturdays from dark until 11 pm: May 21 and June 18.  Nassau nights are canceled by cloudy weather, though, so please watch their website and social media before coming out.

Did you know that Ohio will experience a total lunar eclipse this May when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow?  The big event begins at 10:30 pm Sunday, May 15, and wraps up around 2 am the next morning 

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit