Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, is 12 miles from Galeton and 15 miles from Coudersport. All stargazing and other programs will be cancelled if it rains or thunders.
Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on his or her own without attending a stargazing program. All visitors should arrive before dark. Search for the Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts about viewing conditions.
Park Welcome & Walking Tour
Planning to attend the Friday, July 26 Night Sky Tour program at the Night Sky Viewing Area? Arrive early and join park staff from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. to go on the free Park Welcome & Walking Tour, a guided walk of less than a mile on mostly level terrain to see park facilities and learn about their past, present and future. All ages are welcome. For the walking tour, meet at the information kiosk near the restroom in the visitor parking area on the north side of Route 44. Preregistration is not required.
Nature at Night
Planning to attend the Night Sky Tour on Saturday, July 27 at the park’s Night Sky Viewing Area? Arrive early on July 27 and join park staff from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. for Nature at Night, a free, family-friendly program on fascinating night creatures, such as fireflies, bats, black bears or coyotes based on animal activity in the park. Preregistration is not required.
Gods in the Sky
Gods in the Sky, a Native American Night Sky story, will be at 8:45 p.m. Friday, July 26 and again on Saturday, July 27 for the first who preregister and prepay up to a maximum of 16 people per night. This small group experience with the North Star Outdoor Guides’ Dark Sky Telescope Tours ensures a more individualized program and telescope time at Cherry Springs State Park. Fee: $20. For details, visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park.
Night Sky Tour
From 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 in the Night Sky Viewing Area, experience the splendor of the night sky. Park staff will give a laser-guided tour of the constellations and recount the legends and myths surrounding them. Afterwards, take an up close look at celestial objects through park telescopes. Pre-registration is required.
Nightscapes Photography Workshop
The first 10 people who preregister will be accepted for the Nightscapes Photography Workshop being given by Curt Weinhold at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at the park. Learn how to photograph the starry night sky, including constellations and the Milky Way, and foreground material using your own DSLR camera and lenses. View samples of Weinhold’s work at http://pbase.com/cwphoto. Fee: $60. For details, visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park.
EMMF Brass Quintet Concert
On Sunday, July 28 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. will be the Concert Under the Stars. The Endless Mountain Music Festival’s Brass Quintet and percussionist will perform musical arrangements in the Night Sky Viewing Area. A brief laser-guided sky tour and stargazing with telescopes will follow. Limited bench seating is available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and wear warm clothing as it gets chilly after dark. Preregister to attend this free event.
To preregister online for the Night Sky Tour on July 26 and 27 and the Concert Under the Stars on July 28, visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park. If there is a problem with registering online or for information about other programs offered at the park, call 814-435-1037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.