Programs & Events

Dark Sky Park Program Coordinator
Call 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. Visitors are welcome 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 lake shore.

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

Our programs take place rain or shine, and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted.

Please save some time during your visit to stop by our “Out of This World” Gift Shop!

The Observatory is limited to park staff and researchers. Visuals when the Observatory is open are projected onto the big screen monitors on the main level. Professional star-gazers and astronomers are available on site to enhance your viewing experience during scheduled observing nights.

While the grounds, trails, viewing areas and restrooms at Headlands are always open and freely accessible, the Waterfront Event Center is only open to the public during scheduled programming and gift shop hours. The Waterfront Event Center at the Headlands 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 scox@emmetcounty.org and be sure to follow our Facebook page for more news and photos.

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Cosmic Monday – Jupiter at Opposition 8:00 pm
Cosmic Monday – Jupiter at Opposition @ The Headlands
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cosmic Monday Jupiter at Opposition Monday, June 10 beginning at 8pm Presentation by: Will Niedbala, Headlands astronomer Please join us for our Cosmic Series as we gather with special guests to inform us about the[...]
Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jun 10 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Geocaching 6:00 pm
Geocaching @ The Headlands
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join us for the longest day of the year for some evening geocaching!
Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jun 21 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 22 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jun 22 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jun 28 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 29 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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Free Observing Night 10:00 pm
Free Observing Night @ The Headlands
Jun 29 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 12:00 am
All observing dates are weather-permitting. (Check our Facebook page for the any updates about our observing nights.) The Headlands staff will have some telescopes available on the outside viewing platform if conditions allow. Professional star[...]
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