The crisp, clear Blue Ridge Mountains air in Shenandoah National Park makes everything brighter in the night sky. Stars sparkle with more intensity, and constellations come into clearer view. Shenandoah National Park offers a variety of night sky activities - including Twilight Hiking!
NOTE: Our 2016 season has ended; please check back in the spring for 2017 dates.
National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Join amateur astronomers as they present a provocative presentation on controlling light pollution as you gaze at the heavenly stars through telescopes.
Held select Fridays at the Big Meadows Area (mile 51, inside the Rapidan Camp Gate). Free to all park visitors. A blanket, chair, and flashlight are recommended.
Presentation is cancelled if there is inclement weather. Call 540-999-2222 the day of the event to check on its status.
Join NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern for engaging presentations about outer space!
"Under the Stars at Shenandoah National Park" - If the sky is clear after the presentation, guests will move outdoors to see the night sky in all its glory while listening to sky lore and fascinating sky facts!
Presentations are held select dates at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Free to all park visitors. Program start time varies based on sunset. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful.
Reservations are encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly, call 877-847-1919.