International Dark Sky Week Hits Michigan. Break out those telescopes and Sextants! Tuesday, April 05, 2016
April 4th-10th this year is Dark Sky Week. What this means is that for one week 20 Michigan State Parks are extending their evening hours to allow families and astronomers of all ages to gaze up into the night time sky. This is a great time of the year to find your favorite constellation and kids and adults alike will enjoy this relaxing hobby. The Department of Natural Resources said that the parks will stay open late for self-guided stargazing tours. They recommend calling ahead and brink warm clothes and blankets. Of course, this would be a good time to dust of the telescope you received for Christmas as a kid. The following parks are participating in the extended hours . The phone number to the park is listed also.
Bay City Recreational Area-(989)684-3020
Fayette Historic State Park*- (906)644-2603
Hartwick Pines State Park- (989)348-7068
Lake Hudson Recreational Area- (517)445-2265
Maybury State Park- (248)349-8390
Metamora-Hadley Recreational Area- (810)797-4439
Negwegon State Park- (989)724-5126
North Higgins Lake State Park- (989)821-6125
Orchard Beach State Park- (231)723-7422
Hoeft State Park- (989)734-2543
Port Crescent State Park- (989)738-8663
Rifle River Recreation Area- (989)473-2258
Rockport State Recreation Area- (989)734-2543
Seven Lakes State Park- (248)634-7271
Sleepy Hollow State Park- (517)651-6217
Tahquamenon Falls State Park- (906)492-2415
Tawas Point State Park- (989)362-5041
Van Riper State Park -(909)339-4461
Waterloo State Recreation Area- (734)475-8307
*Our family visited Fayette this past summer and it was a fantastic park.
Take advantage of this wonderful week of discovery, and get outside! The weather will be crisp but the skies should be clear. Enjoy the memories that you make and feel free to send me some of the pictures you captured of the beautiful Michigan night sky.