Schedule

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 $12 for adults, $8 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, July 19

  • Registration and 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, July 20

  • Beginner’s Field School, 2-4 PM, Merritt Resort
  • Registration and 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, July 21

  • Beginner’s Field School, 2-4 PM, Merritt Resort
  • Registration and 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

WEDNESDAY, July 22 (at Valentine High School)

  • Registration and Check-In, 10 AM – Noon
  • Beginner’s Field School, 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
  • Evening Meal on your own
  • Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

THURSDAY, July 23

  • Open Day – No NSP events scheduled
  • 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

FRIDAY, July 24

  • 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