Besser Museum to Host Program during International Dark Sky Week

LANSING, MI – Residents and park-goers will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the night sky during International Dark Sky Week, April 4-10. International Dark Sky Week

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced a number of state parks will stay open for self-guided stargazing and views of the night sky during this week. Visitors should call ahead for individual park hours, and then bring a blanket, sit back and take in the sights.

The following state parks and recreation areas will stay open for night sky viewing:

Bay City State Recreation Area (Bay County), 989-684-3020
Fayette Historic State Park (Delta County), 906-644-2603
Hartwick Pines State Park (Crawford County), 989-348-7068
Island Lake Recreation Area (Livingston County), 810-229-7067
Lake Hudson Recreation Area (Lenawee County), 517-445-2265
Maybury State Park (Wayne County), 248-349-8390
Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area (Lapeer County), 810-797-4439
Negwegon State Park (Alpena/Alcona County), 989-724-5126
North Higgins Lake State Park (Crawford County), 989-821-6125
Orchard Beach State Park (Manistee County), 231-723-7422
P.H. Hoeft State Park (Presque Isle County), 989-734-2543
Port Crescent State Park (Huron County), 989-738-8663
Rifle River Recreation Area (Ogemaw County), 989-473-2258
Rockport State Recreation Area (Alpena County), 989-734-2543 *
Seven Lakes State Park (Oakland County), 248-634-7271
Sleepy Hollow State Park (Clinton County), 517-651-6217
Tahquamenon Falls State Park (Chippewa County), 906-492-3415
Tawas Point State Park (Iosco County), 989-362-5041
Van Riper State Park (Marquette County), 906-339-4461
Waterloo Recreation Area (Washtenaw County), 734-475-8307

In addition, the Besser Museum Planetarium, 491 Johnson St. in Alpena, will host an informational program about the night sky at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8. At 8:30 p.m., program participants are welcome to visit Rockport State Recreation Area harbor for night sky viewing. For more details, contact P.H. Hoeft State Park at 989-734-2543.

Many of these events are free to attend, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport gains you access to Michigan state parks and more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

An accompanying event flyer is available below for download:  DarkSkyWeekFlyer16.pdf

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