Ottawa County Parks is partnering with the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association (SAAA) of Holland to offer year-round astronomy programs for both beginning and experienced stargazers. The first program this year is Tour the Night Sky scheduled for Friday June 17 at 9:30 p.m. at Hemlock Crossing County Park.
Members of SAAA will bring their telescopes and instruct participants on how to explore and observe the summer night sky including constellations, hunting down deep sky objects, and viewing everything from planets and stars to countless nebulae, clusters, comets, satellites and many other fascinating objects. Bring a lawn chair and binoculars (if you have them). If you own a telescope, please bring it along. There is no fee and advanced registration is not required. This program is great for adults and families with older children. For more information, call 616-786-4847. This program will be canceled if the sky is cloudy.
Hemlock Crossing is located in Port Sheldon Township. From US 31, travel west on Croswell St. to West Olive Rd. Travel south on West Olive Rd. to the park entrance.