Programs & Events

The Headlands is open 24 hours a day, every day, at no charge. There is no camping allowed. Programs take place rain or shine! Visitors are welcomed to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities (camping units like tents and campers are not permitted; the Headlands is not intended as an overnight sleeping destination but a place to stay awake and view the stars!). You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. Plan accordingly and dress for temperatures 10 degrees below what you expect.

Please use red-filtered flashlights only during your visit to the Headlands. Learn more here

Of special note for 2016 …

  • Construction on our waterfront program and observatory facility is well underway at the site of the former Beach House. Since Headlands remains open during construction, this portion of the property is closed to public access. Abide by the signage within the park to ensure the safety of all of our guests and to allow us to complete the project in a timely manner. All events listed on this brochure will take place at Headlands shoreline viewing, the Guest House, or at the Heritage Village, which is directly across the street from Headlands entrance. CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
  •  Programs take place rain or shine and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted.
  •  Register for email blasts about programs by contacting  darksky@emmetcounty.org or (231) 348-1713.

 

Jun
20
Mon
The Cycle of the Year as a Breathing Process @ Headlands Dark Sky Viewing Area
Jun 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

June 20, 2016 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

WHERE: Headlands Dark Sky Viewing Area

Just like the human being that breathes in a regular rhythm throughout every moment of every day, so, too, does the Earth follow a regular and predictable rhythm through its annual cycle of seasons. The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, referred to as “Summer Solstice” arrives June 20th, the same day that Sun and Moon will balance the visible horizon with Full Moon rising in the east as the first Summer Sun sets in the west.

“Full Moon at Summer Solstice only happens once every 19 years, and it means there will be no real darkness to speak of for an entire 24-hour period,” said Mary Stewart Adams, Emmet County’s Program Director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. “This provides a really unique opportunity to consider the harmonious rhythm of the natural world, and how, despite our most sophisticated technological advances, we are healthiest when we live in harmony with these larger rhythms.”

The Headlands Summer Solstice program will take place at the shoreline viewing area from 8:30 to 10:30 pm, and to make ready, here is a list of what’s happening celestially that day:

The Sun will rise at 5:49 am on June 20

Half an hour later, the Moon will set in the west at 6:17 am, just 45 minutes shy of being at total Full Phase

The Moon will be Full at 7:02 am (because this Moon arrives at Full Phase before Sun achieves its solstice moment, this is the last Full Moon of the Spring)

Sun then arrives at its Solstice moment, when it is highest above the celestial equator, at 6:34 pm

Sun will set in the west at 9:32 pm, while the Moon rises in the east at the exact moment

“This year’s Solstice marks a moment of celestial superlatives that lends itself to taking a deep, cosmic breath, so we’ll take advantage of the night to learn our way around the sky, and to consider the dynamic, rhythmic motion of things,” said Adams.

Parking at Headlands while we are under construction is at the entrance. Guests then take a 15 minute (about one mile) walk through the woods along a paved and gravel route to the shoreline viewing area for the program. Bring camp chairs and blankets, and prepare for weather that is 10 degrees cooler than inland. Programs are interactive and always include guidance about what’s overhead, with telescope on site for enhanced viewing

 

Jul
1
Fri
New in 2016: Starlight Trivia on Friday nights! @ Shoreline Dark Sky Viewing Area
Jul 1 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fridays throughout the summer, starting July 1 (and unless there is a formal program scheduled) join us at the shoreline viewing area with your favorite team of family and friends for Starlight Trivia, designed to test and delight your knowledge of the stars! In the event of inclement weather, Starlight Trivia will take place at the Heritage Village
Pavilion, across the street from Headlands main entrance.

Friday Starlight Trivia will happen July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and Aug. 5, 19, and 26, concluding on Sept. 2.

Jul
8
Fri
New in 2016: Starlight Trivia on Friday nights! @ Shoreline Dark Sky Viewing Area
Jul 8 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fridays throughout the summer, starting July 1 (and unless there is a formal program scheduled) join us at the shoreline viewing area with your favorite team of family and friends for Starlight Trivia, designed to test and delight your knowledge of the stars! In the event of inclement weather, Starlight Trivia will take place at the Heritage Village
Pavilion, across the street from Headlands main entrance.

Friday Starlight Trivia will happen July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and Aug. 5, 19, and 26, concluding on Sept. 2.

Jul
15
Fri
New in 2016: Starlight Trivia on Friday nights! @ Shoreline Dark Sky Viewing Area
Jul 15 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fridays throughout the summer, starting July 1 (and unless there is a formal program scheduled) join us at the shoreline viewing area with your favorite team of family and friends for Starlight Trivia, designed to test and delight your knowledge of the stars! In the event of inclement weather, Starlight Trivia will take place at the Heritage Village
Pavilion, across the street from Headlands main entrance.

Friday Starlight Trivia will happen July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and Aug. 5, 19, and 26, concluding on Sept. 2.

Jul
22
Fri
New in 2016: Starlight Trivia on Friday nights! @ Shoreline Dark Sky Viewing Area
Jul 22 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fridays throughout the summer, starting July 1 (and unless there is a formal program scheduled) join us at the shoreline viewing area with your favorite team of family and friends for Starlight Trivia, designed to test and delight your knowledge of the stars! In the event of inclement weather, Starlight Trivia will take place at the Heritage Village
Pavilion, across the street from Headlands main entrance.

Friday Starlight Trivia will happen July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and Aug. 5, 19, and 26, concluding on Sept. 2.

Jul
29
Fri
New in 2016: Starlight Trivia on Friday nights! @ Shoreline Dark Sky Viewing Area
Jul 29 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fridays throughout the summer, starting July 1 (and unless there is a formal program scheduled) join us at the shoreline viewing area with your favorite team of family and friends for Starlight Trivia, designed to test and delight your knowledge of the stars! In the event of inclement weather, Starlight Trivia will take place at the Heritage Village
Pavilion, across the street from Headlands main entrance.

Friday Starlight Trivia will happen July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and Aug. 5, 19, and 26, concluding on Sept. 2.

Aug
5
Fri
New in 2016: Starlight Trivia on Friday nights! @ Shoreline Dark Sky Viewing Area
Aug 5 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fridays throughout the summer, starting July 1 (and unless there is a formal program scheduled) join us at the shoreline viewing area with your favorite team of family and friends for Starlight Trivia, designed to test and delight your knowledge of the stars! In the event of inclement weather, Starlight Trivia will take place at the Heritage Village
Pavilion, across the street from Headlands main entrance.

Friday Starlight Trivia will happen July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and Aug. 5, 19, and 26, concluding on Sept. 2.

Aug
12
Fri
Lights Out Challenge 2016, with the Perseids
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

8:30-11 p.m., Guest House; arrive by 8:30 p.m. for sunset
Program from 9 to 10 p.m.
Lights Out Challenge 10 to 11 p.m.
The brightness of First Quarter Moon doesn’t stand a chance against local enthusiasm for Lights Out under the Perseid Meteor Shower. Join us for an evening of counting falling stars as the lights go out around Northern Michigan to celebrate the night sky! Details forthcoming about how to participate and about how you can help your community win the challenge!

Aug
19
Fri
New in 2016: Starlight Trivia on Friday nights! @ Shoreline Dark Sky Viewing Area
Aug 19 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fridays throughout the summer, starting July 1 (and unless there is a formal program scheduled) join us at the shoreline viewing area with your favorite team of family and friends for Starlight Trivia, designed to test and delight your knowledge of the stars! In the event of inclement weather, Starlight Trivia will take place at the Heritage Village
Pavilion, across the street from Headlands main entrance.

Friday Starlight Trivia will happen July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and Aug. 5, 19, and 26, concluding on Sept. 2.

Aug
26
Fri
New in 2016: Starlight Trivia on Friday nights! @ Shoreline Dark Sky Viewing Area
Aug 26 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fridays throughout the summer, starting July 1 (and unless there is a formal program scheduled) join us at the shoreline viewing area with your favorite team of family and friends for Starlight Trivia, designed to test and delight your knowledge of the stars! In the event of inclement weather, Starlight Trivia will take place at the Heritage Village
Pavilion, across the street from Headlands main entrance.

Friday Starlight Trivia will happen July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and Aug. 5, 19, and 26, concluding on Sept. 2.