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. In the past, professional star-gazers and astronomers have been available onsite to enhance your viewing experience during scheduled observing nights. However, due to restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Headlands staff will not be bringing telescopes out onto the viewing platform during the 2020 summer season. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes and/or binoculars.

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 [email protected] and be sure to follow our Facebook page for more news and photos.

Dark Sky Park Program Coordinator
Call 231.427.1001


Great Conjunction of Saturn & Jupiter @ Zoom online event
Dec 14 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

A great conjunction occurs when planets have the same right ascension or celestial longitude. Great conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn take place regularly, about every 20 years, due to the combined effect of Jupiter’s approximately 12-year orbital period and Saturn’s approximately 30-year orbital period. Join the “Ask an Astronomer Zoom” to watch a live cast of the conjunction and ask all the astronomy questions you have while enjoying this astronomical occurrence. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE EVENT ON ZOOM (password = 9HwHr0)