IMPORTANT: online registration for 2021 is now closed, but you can still register onsite. 

Those who wish to attend can walk-in to and register for the Star Party at Boardman’s Camp Ground on:

  1.    –  Sunday August 1 – 4:00 to 6:30 pm
  2.    –   Monday  August 2 – 5:00 to 6:30 pm
  3.    –   Tuesday  August 3 – 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Look for road signs indicating the Registration location along Highway 97 on the south end of the Merritt Reservoir. Also to bring a check or cash as we do not have credit card transfer access there. You can also register for the Star Party from 10:00 to Noon at the Valentine High School building on Wednesday  August 4, 2021. 

Note: the following information is for pre-registration, which is now closed.

You may also download the 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 $50 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 $60 per adult and $20 per child.

Order evening meals in advance, as state laws prohibit us from taking meal payments on-site. Tuesday’s meal is included with your registration. Wednesday & Friday meals are on your own. Adult meals are $12, and children 10 and under can eat for $8. Prepayment for meals is refundable in case of cancellation prior to July 1st.

The popular Tee-Shirts bearing this year’s theme are available with your registration. Specify the quantity of each size of shirt desired. Shirt sizes S through XL are $15, while XXL and larger sizes are $18 or $20 each. Specified sizes will be honored only if ordered by July 1st. Sorry, no childrens’ sizes will be available.

Please indicate the number of seats in NSP’s Field School to reserve at $10 for an individual or $20 per family, and the number of children from your party aged 5 – 12 who will participate at no cost in Thursday’s Childrens’ Program. Mentors are also needed to assist the instructors of the Childrens’ Program in exchange for Community Service credit. Indicate if you have teenagers in 8th – 12th grade who would like to assist.

Liability Release
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 $15 per attendee and $20 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 park property must display a Nebraska State Park Entry Permit. Nebraska residents pay $30 annually. Out-of-state residents pay $45. Annual permits are available for both out-of-state and in-state residents through NSP’s pre-registration process.

The Fine Print

Registration and Park Entry Permit fees are non-refundable. Payments for T-shirts and meals, however, are fully refundable prior to July1st. Mail payment prior to July 1st for pre-registration savings. Confirmation will be sent via email or post, along with detailed information to help you plan your trip to NSP.

You’ll receive confirmation of your pre-registration along with detailed information for your planning by email or postal mail.