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.

While breakfasts and lunches will be on your own, we're delighted to offer the convenience of plentiful, affordable and just plain darn good catered meals on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, served on the Observing Field. The cost of these meals is $16 for adults and $12 for children 10 and under. These hearty meals have garnered rave reviews! All include an ample entree, side dishes, dessert and drinks to fill you up in the tradition of the western chuck wagon.

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

SUNDAY, July 24

  • 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 25

  • Beginner’s Field School, 2-4 PM, Valentine High School
  • 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 26

  • Beginner’s Field School, 2-4 PM, Valentine High School
  • Registration and Check-In, 5-6:30 PM, at Boardman Campground
  • Optional “Cattle Country” Burger Bash, 7-8 PM, Tent  on the Observing Field
  • Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

WEDNESDAY, July 27 (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
  • 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 28

  • Open Day – No NSP events scheduled
  • 9-3pm Optional Brewers Canoe/Float Trip down Niobrara
  • 7-8pm Optional Marinated Pork or Chicken Dinner, NSP Tent on the Observing Field
  • Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

FRIDAY, July 29

  • 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