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Winter at Observatory Park

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Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St., Montville, is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. now through Memorial Day, and Naturalist (“Astro-Nat”) Chris Mentrek and other naturalist staff are eager to show you around your International Dark Sky Park during these upcoming programs this winter.

 To discover what makes this property so special, register for one of the limited spots to join a naturalist on a 2.5-mile hike, discovering early springtime forest and meadow, during Hidden Gems Hikes: Exploring Observatory Park on Sunday, March 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Guided night sky viewing will be held using the huge research-grade telescope at our Nassau Astronomical Station these Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m.: Jan. 11 and 25; Feb. 8 and 22; March 14 and 28, plus astronomy nights led there by Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society volunteers on Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 21.

 Take in hour-long, hands-on astronomy education these Fridays, 7 to 8 p.m., followed by night sky to 11 p.m. if weather permits: Jan. 24 (Light Pollution Solutions), Feb. 7 and 21 (Pluto & Friends), and March 13 and 27 (Black Holes).

Full moon programs are Friday, Jan. 10 (The Wolf Moon); Sunday, Feb. 9 (The Frost Moon); and Monday, March 9 (The Worm Moon).

 Kids ages 3-5 can sign up to enjoy Astrotots: There’s No Place Like Home, and discover what makes Earth so special, on Friday and Saturday, January 24 and 25. And Cadette Girl Scouts can word on their Night Owl badge (all requirements covered) on Saturday, February 1. Register for these soon at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.

“Astro-Nat” Chris will open the Robert McCullough Science Center and Oberle Observatory these Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., all featuring The Sky Tonight Planetarium Shows at 2 p.m.: Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 29.

For more on Geauga Park District and Observatory Park, call 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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