Programs & Events

Dark Sky Park Program Director
231.427.1001

Welcome to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park! The grounds, trails, and viewing areas at Headlands are open 24 hours a day, every day, at no charge. Visitors are welcomed to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities, but camping is not permitted. Units like tents and campers are not allowed in the park. The Headlands is not intended as an overnight sleeping destination but instead is designed as a place to stay awake and view the stars! You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. When packing, keep in mind that temperatures are typically 10 degrees lower than expected due to our proximity to the lakeshore.

To protect the darkness of the park, please use red-filtered flashlights during your visit to the Headlands. Learn more here.

2018 Emmet Dark Sky Program and Observatory Brochure
Our programs take place rain or shine, and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted.

Please save time to visit our “Out of This World” Gift Shop!

2018 Headlands Observatory
Free observatory viewing on main level big screen monitors.
Professional star gazers and astronomers available on site to enhance your viewing experience.

Rent Emmet County’s Waterfront Event Center and Observatory at the Headlands. While the grounds, trails, viewing areas and restrooms are Headlands are always open and freely accessible, the Waterfront Event Center and the Observatory are open to the public during scheduled programming only. The Waterfront Event Center is available for private rental. 

To stay up-to-date on news and events at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, register for email blasts by contacting darksky@emmetcounty.org or 231-427-1001.

Jul
21
Sat
Free Observatory Viewing
Jul 21 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 1:00 am

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Jul
22
Sun
Free Observatory Viewing
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Jul
28
Sat
Free Observatory Viewing
Jul 28 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 29 @ 1:00 am

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Jul
29
Sun
Geocaching at the Headlands
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Geocaching at the Headlands

FREE

The 21st century’s hide and seek will take place throughout the 600-acre wood and two miles of shoreline at Headlands today, featuring new geocaches published only during today’s event!

Free Observatory Viewing
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Aug
4
Sat
Free Observatory Viewing
Aug 4 @ 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
Free Observatory Viewing

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Aug
5
Sun
Free Observatory Viewing
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001

Summer Fun Run*DATE CHANGE
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

COST $20

In person registration ONLY.  No online reservations available.
Join us for a run through the flora and fauna of our nearly 600 acres. Call 231.427.1001 for details.

Aug
9
Thu
No. MI Astronomy Club Star Party
Aug 9 – Aug 11 all-day

THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT

COST $5 PER DAY
Our local astronomy club will host their annual Star Party. Join enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals in gazing deeply into the sky. The Headlands observatory will be open throughout the event for solar viewing by day and deep space viewing by night.

LIMITED PARKING $10

Free Observatory Viewing
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free Observatory Viewing

Real-time remote observatory telescope viewing from main level big screen monitors. Professional star gazers and astronomers on site to enhance your viewing experience. If you wish, bring your own binoculars or telescope to see more.

Questions? Call 231-427.1001.