ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION is now closed. You can still register when you arrive at Merritt Reservoir, from 4-6:30 PM, Sunday through Wednesday at Boardman Campground.
Pre-Registration is closed. You may also download the NSP Registration Form in PDF format, print it, fill it out, and return it by mail prior to July 1 to take advantage of the advance registration discount of $10 per adult. Of course, walk-in registrations are welcome anytime during the week of NSP at the full adult price. A printable 8-page Information Packet with detailed information about how to get to NSP, what to expect when you arrive, where to stay, where to eat, etc. is now available for download.
Pre-Registration Form Instructions
Fill in the requested information for the name of the registrant and the names of the other persons in the party, along with contact information. Cost of NSP attendance is just $45 per adult if the form is returned postmarked by July 1. Cost for children age 12 and under is $15. If the form is postmarked after July 1 the cost is $55 per adult and $20 per child.
Optional evening meals for Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings are available, and must be prepaid with your registration. Tuesday’s “Cattle Country” Burger Bash is included with your registration, while Wednesday’s evening meal following the Speaker Sessions in Valentine will be on your own. Friday evening meal is also on your own.
We’ve been able to hold the price on meals for NSP 21. All meals are priced at $10 per adult, and $7 for kids 10 and under, and include bountiful servings of an entrée, side dishes, and drinks. The cost includes taxes and gratuity. Meals will be served on the Observing Field convenient to your observing location. Menus for each day will be found on the pre-registration form. Indicate on the form the number of diners in your party for each day and fill in the meal cost in the right-hand column of the form.
The popular NSP commemorative T-Shirt is available in limited quantities. A small number of shirts will be available at the star party, however they sell out quickly, so you’ll want to order yours along with your Pre-Registration by filling out the T-Shirt order section with the quantity requested of each size. Shirt sizes below XXL are $15, while XXL and above are $18 each.
Place your T-Shirt order before June 15 and you can specify non-standard sizes such as childrens or 4X sizes for $18.
NSP activities on Wednesday will be held at Valentine High School, and include our special expanded Children’s Program with activities designed to pique youngsters’ interest in science. The Children’s Program is included with your registration. Please indicate in the applicable section of the form the number of children from your party up to age 12 who will attend the program.
Youths between 12 and high school age may wish to assist younger children as mentors in the program. Mentors will receive a certificate of performance validating their contribution of community service hours. Please indicate if you have older children who are interested in mentoring.
For insurance purposes, all NSP attendees must sign and date our liability release prior to returning the form.
Beginners Field School
One of NSP’s unique family-friendly features is our Beginners Field School consisting of three days (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) of two-hour classes during which attendees will learn the fundamentals of observing which can be put into practice on the observing field at night. NSP’s Field School is $10 per attendee and $15 per family. Materials (Field School Handbooks) are provided and serve as a guide through the Class. Please indicate in the applicable section of the form the number of positions you’d like to reserve for interested members of your party.
State Park Entry Permit
All vehicles entering the NSP observing field on park property must display a Nebraska State Park Entry Permit. Permits are sold at Merritt Resort Trading Post and at all other state parks throughout Nebraska. However, for the convenience of NSP attendees, annual permits are now available through NSP’s pre-registration process. Annual permits cost $25, and must be affixed to the lower left windshield according to instructions prior to park entry.
Arrival and Departure Dates, Lodging Preferences
For planning purposes, we’re asking pre-registrants to indicate the anticipated dates of arrival and departure of their parties, along with their anticipated lodging preferences. This information is for our statistical use only, and will not in any way restrict your attendance to the dates you provide, nor affect lodging availability.
Add up the number of attendees, optional meal orders, and T-shirt orders, then calculate your total cost prior to, or after the June 15 postmark deadline. Make sure you’ve read, signed, and dated the Liability Release section, then make your check out payable to Nebraska Star Party, and mail the form with payment to:
Nebraska Star Party, Inc.
c/o Eric Balcom
P.O. Box 540307
Omaha, NE 68154-0307
You’ll receive confirmation of your pre-registration along with detailed information for your planning by email or postal mail.