Night Sky Event: Tips to Make the Most of This Annual Event

Night Sky Event: Tips to Make the Most of This Annual Event

By Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Take in the beauty of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower at on Saturday, August 11th at Hitchcock Nature Center. This spectacular display of lights and falling meteors is an event you don’t want to miss. Join us from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, August 11th at the park entrance. No pre-registration required.Copy of Perseids Meteor Shower (1)
This annual event has grown in popularity during recent years. With these large crowds have come new challenges for park staff and we have some tips for you to help you make the most of this fantastic astronomical event. 
  1. This event is free with a valid membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Pick up your membership at any of our parks before the event or purchase yours online at www.pottawattamieconservationfoundation.com in advance to make entering the park faster.
  2. Don’t want to become a member? Admission for non-members is just $3.00 per vehicle. Bring exact change for the front gate to make your entrance to the park quick and easy.
  3. Please follow staff directions to the nearest available parking. Due to the popularity of this event this may mean you and your party have to walk from a more removed parking spot to our viewing area. Please be prepared for this and let park staff know if anyone in your party has mobility issues, we will do our best to accommodate.
  4. This event begins at 8:30 p.m. & we plan to close the gates at midnight. Vehicles remaining in the park after the gates close will be locked in until 6:00 a.m. so watch that clock as the evening wears on.
  5. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, binoculars & telescopes to view nature’s fireworks. Insect repellent is also a very good idea!
  6. Picnic dinners are always welcome & no concessions will be available for sale during the event. No alcohol please. And remember, if you pack it in, please pack it out.
  7. We don’t recommend bringing your pets to this event but well behaved dogs on short leashes are are permitted should you decide to bring them. Please pick up and remove all pet waste so we can avoid any messy situations. Please use your best judgement when deciding to bring your pooch. Disruptive pets will be asked to leave the event.
  8. This is an outdoor event. Should we make any changes to the event due to inclement weather we will post that news to Facebook first. Follow us on Facebook for all event news.
  9. Looking to arrive early and avoid the crowds? Consider joining us at 4:00 p.m. for our Speaker Series event, Iowa Watersheds: A Lasting Legacy with Dr. Peter Levi. This event is also free and will feature a reception following the speaker. Come early, get a prime parking spot, and enjoy and evening at the park! Click here for more information on this terrific program and online registration!
We can’t wait to see everyone at what is quickly becoming one of our most popular events. If you have any questions or need additional information please call the park at 712-545-3283 to speak with Hitchcock Nature Center staff. See you at the park!
Featured Image: Courtesy of NASA