Stargazing bus trip to Cherry Springs Dark Sky Park. Cherry Springs State Park, a remote but well-known destination among amateur astronomers, offers the darkest skies in the eastern United States. Free from development and light pollution, skywatchers can observe over 6,000 stars as well as distant galaxies and deep space objects, and a magnificent view of the Milky Way!
Join us on a three-day excursion to camp, stargaze, and explore the wilderness of central Pennsylvania. We will be tent-camping at Cherry Springs State Park campground, directly adjacent to the park’s Public Skywatching Field and Astronomy Field, as well as Lyman Run State Park, which offers boat rentals on the lake and miles of hiking trails. As a bonus, our trip coincides with one of the Dark Sky Park’s annual “star parties” – a multi-day astronomy festival with lots of knowledgeable folks on hand to educate the public about one of our most endangered natural resources – a truly dark night sky. Also included in this trip is a leisurely bike ride on the Pine Creek rail trail through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, as well as a farm-to-table dinner at a local establishment.
One night’s stay at Cherry Springs State Park campground
One night’s stay at Lyman Run State Park campground, which offers a beach, boat rental , and hiking trails
Tents available if needed
Guided Night Sky Tour in conjunction with the Black Forest Star Party (weather-permitting)
Bicycle rental and shuttle for a ride on the Pine Creek Rail Trail through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
Farm-to-table dinner (not included in price)
Cost: $190 Members $215 Non-members
This trip is limited to twelve people. Please make all checks payable to MCCD. Payments are non-refundable within four weeks of trip date.