Schedule

Schedule of Events for 2018

The center of activity at NSP will be the large tent on the Observing Field near the entrance to  the Snake Campground.  Activities under the NSP Tent are: meal service, night time constellation talks, and door prize giveaways.  The exception will be Wednesday, when activities will be moved to the high school in the town of Valentine.

On Tuesday evening, the NSP will provide a free “Cattle Country” Burger dinner to attendees.  Other evening meals are available for pre-purchase at the time of registration.  These meals are truly delicious and include a sumptuous helping of an entrée along with side dishes and drinks, and all are priced at $10 for adults, $7 for kids 10 and under.  All meals will be served from the NSP tent on the observing field adjacent to Snake Campground.  Since the State Park has limited seating and tables, plan to bring your own lawn chairs to the serving area, or you may take your meals back to your observing location.

The following tentative lineup of events is subject to change, but the week will look a lot like this:

SUNDAY, August 5
Registration & Check-In, 4-6:30 PM, at Boardman Campground
Optional Barbecue Chicken Dinner, 7-8 PM, NSP Tent on the Observing Field
Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

MONDAY, August 6
Beginner’s Field School, 2-4 PM, Merritt Resort
Registration & Check-In, 5-6:30 PM, at Boardman Campground
Optional BBQ Beef Sandwich Dinner, 7-8 PM, NSP Tent on the Observing Field
Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

TUESDAY, August 7
Beginner’s Field School, 2-4 PM, Merritt Resort
Registration & Check-In, 5-6:30 PM, at Boardman Campground
Free “Cattle Country” Burger Bash, 7-8 PM, Tent  on the Observing Field
Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

The programs scheduled for Wednesday at Valentine High School will have to be moved to Thursday at Valentine High School, with the exception of NSP’s Field School, which will be held on Wednesday, as usual, in the restaurant building at Merritt Resort. This schedule has been updated to show the changes.

WEDNESDAY, August 8
Open Day – No NSP events scheduled
Beginner’s Field School, 10 AM – Noon
9-3pm Optional Brewers Canoe/Float Trip down Niobrara
7-8pm Optional Deli Sandwich Dinner, NSP Tent on the Observing Field
Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

THURSDAY, August 9 (at Valentine High School)

Registration & Check-In, 10 AM – Noon
Swap Meet, 10 AM – 4PM
Pizza Lunch Buffet, Noon-1 PM (Approx. cost, $8)
Astro photo contest judging
Speaker Programs, 1-4 PM
Children’s Program, 1-4 PM
Contest Awards and Door Prizes
Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

 

FRIDAY, August 10
Open Day – No NSP events scheduled
9-3pm Optional Brewers Canoe/Float Trip down Niobrara
Evening Meal on your own
Public Star Party, 9:00 PM, Observing Field