All in the community are invited to reach for the stars at McCloud Nature Park on May 3, as expert sky watchers from the Indiana Astronomical Society partner with McCloud’s naturalists for an astronomy program best suited for amateur astronomers ages 8 and older.
This free event will begin at 8:30 p.m. with a brief indoor seminar designed to help beginners find their way around the night sky by learning how a telescope works and how to recognize constellations, planets, galaxies and nebulae.
Outdoor night sky viewing will begin at 9 p.m. through binoculars and telescopes provided (or attendees can bring their own). The indoor seminar will be held rain or shine, but the sky viewing is dependent upon clear skies.
McCloud Nature Park is operated by Hendricks County Parks and Recreation and is five minutes south of North Salem at 8518 Hughes Road. Admission is always free and the park is open from dawn to dusk daily.
The Nature Center’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information on McCloud Nature Park and park programs, call the Hendricks County Parks & Recreation main office at 718-6188 or visit the website at www.hendrickscountyparks.org.