Programs & Events
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. On clear nights during the summer, the Headlands staff will bring telescopes out onto the viewing platform and professional star-gazers and astronomers are often onsite to enhance your viewing experience. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes and/or binoculars. Park staff maintains the number of people in the park by limiting parking only to the 67 parking spaces near the event center. On clear and warm nights, please expect to wait at the entrance for the next available parking.
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.
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Dark Sky Park Program Coordinator
More information — https://www.midarkskypark.org/astronomy-on-tap-adult-trivia-night-march-6/
More information about the event here: https://www.midarkskypark.org/painting-at-the-park-with-creation-station/
Celebrate Statewide Astronomy Night at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center from 8-10 p.m. on Friday, April 12. There is no charge to attend.
Come and explore the night sky with the park’s telescopes and guidance from the Petoskey High School Astronomy Club and the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club. Outdoor observing will be available weather-permitting.
Headlands staff and members of the astronomy clubs have planned kid-friendly celestial crafts and short, informative presentations. Educational, hands-on workshops and demonstrations will be offered to engage the whole family.
Telescopes will be set up both inside and outside for guests to use and get a better understanding at how the equipment works. The astronomy club members will answer questions and assist as needed. The Headlands’ own astronomer, Will Niedbala, is scheduled to be on site to provide additional guidance.
Light refreshments will be available and the center’s “Out of This World” gift shop will also be open during the event.
Join us for an evening of sour care with our local yoga studio, Nourish. Connect to your soul through music and meditative movement topped off with a fulfilling meal.
The event includes one hour of Restorative movement to live music by Nathan Towne, followed by a four-course dinner. Limit of 20 people.