Calendar of Events

Stargazing

Texas Parks & Wildlife is working to improve night skies in our state parks through the Dark Skies Program.

October 2022

Oct 8
10:00a
End Date

Marvelous Moon Prequel

South Llano River State Park
Come explore the moon and listen to a marvelous book to get ready for the full moon!
Oct 8
6:45p
End Date

Hunter’s Moon Hike

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Experience the rising of October’s Hunter’s Moon in this full moon hike.
Oct 8
7:00p
End Date

Star Gazing and don't forget the Moon

Lake Whitney State Park
Enjoy an evening in the park as you explore the galaxy by star maps and telescope. Retired National Park range Larry Smith will guide you through the planets, moon and stars with fascinating facts. Plan about 2 hours for this program that will start at 7 pm. To ensure the telescopes are not at risk of being toppled over, we ask that children remain seated. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at (254) 694-3793 or send an email with your name, phone number and total adults and children attending to rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.tx.gov
Oct 8
8:30p
End Date

Marvelous Moon !

South Llano River State Park
Join a Ranger and explore the Marvelous Moon!
Oct 14
8:00p
End Date

Stargazing 101

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Join a Park Ranger as we learn about the importance of dark skies while learning to navigate the stars above.
Oct 14
8:00p
End Date

Stories in the Stars

Pedernales Falls State Park
What stories do the stars tell? Are they different from one continent to the next?
Oct 15
7:00p
End Date

Moth Night

Mother Neff State Park
Mother Neff State Park is hosting our annual Moth Night! Come discover the night life from critters to the night sky! You will learn what critters go bump in the night and learn why they are important. If you are feeling adventurous, you might even go on a guided night hike with a backlight to see the amazing critters that call the park their home.
Oct 15
7:00p
End Date

Star Party

Pedernales Falls State Park
Join the Austin Astronomical Society in stargazing and astronomy!
Oct 15
7:00p
End Date

Explore the Night Sky

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Join us & the San Antonio Astronomical Association for a night of celestial wonder!
Oct 15
7:30p
End Date

Star Party with the Hill Country Astronomers

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Join us as we celebrate the dark skies over Enchanted Rock!
Oct 15
8:00p
End Date

Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Ever wondered how close the planets are to each other? Come with us as we take a walk through a scale model of our solar system.
Oct 15
8:00p
End Date

Stargazing the Texas Night Sky

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
“The stars at night are big and bright …” Learn more about one of Texas’ best natural resources – the night sky.
Oct 15
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Oct 21
7:30p
End Date

The Stars at Night

Atlanta State Park
The stars at night, are big and bright, (clap, clap, clap, clap) deep in the heart of Texas! This is a night sky viewing with a park ranger and a telescope!
Oct 21
8:00p
End Date

Stargazing

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
I wish I may, I wish I might, wish upon a star tonight!
Oct 22
7:30p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!
Oct 22
8:00p
End Date

STARWALK

Copper Breaks State Park
Join a park ranger and volunteers on a night of deep sky exploration of our solar system where we can see planets, constellations, nebulas, and distant galaxies.
Oct 28
6:00p
End Date

Astronomy 101

Pedernales Falls State Park
Learn the basics of Stargazing with various types of equipment!
Oct 28
7:30p
End Date

Marvel at the Moon and Stars

Goose Island State Park
Let's look to the sky to marvel at the moon and see stories in the stars.
Oct 28
7:30p
End Date

Stories in the Stars

Pedernales Falls State Park
What stories do the stars tell? Are they different from one continent to the next?
Oct 29
7:30p
End Date

Explore the Night: Animals and Sky

Blanco State Park
Join us for our special guest presenter, Samantha Toback, Texas State Park Ambassador Program Coordinator, for an evening gazing upward. Learn about some of the constellations and stories associated with them, take a look at the night sky through our telescope, and learn about the adaptations of our nocturnal park residents.
Oct 29
8:00p
End Date

Star Party in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park
Enjoy an evening walk across the galaxy by using star maps, a laser pointer and telescope. Retired National Park Ranger Larry Smith will guide you through the planets, moon and stars.
Oct 29
8:00p
End Date

Night Hike

South Llano River State Park
Experience the park after dark!
Oct 29
8:30p
End Date

Stargazing

Lockhart State Park
Discover the wonders of the night sky! Drop in any time between 8:30-9:30pm.

November 2022

Nov 5
10:00a
End Date

Gem's in the Sky

Colorado Bend State Park
Make your own star. Find out how big a meteorite can be.
Nov 5
6:30p
End Date

Star Party with the San Antonio Astronomical Association

Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for stargazing!
Nov 5
7:00p
End Date

Star Gazing and don't forget the Moon

Lake Whitney State Park
Enjoy an evening in the park as you explore the galaxy by star maps and telescope. Retired National Park range Larry Smith will guide you through the planets, moon and stars with fascinating facts. Plan about 2 hours for this program that will start at 7 pm. To ensure the telescopes are not at risk of being toppled over, we ask that children remain seated. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at (254) 694-3793 or send an email with your name, phone number and total adults and children attending to rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.tx.gov
Nov 12
5:30p
End Date

Inks Lake Star Party!

Inks Lake State Park
Join the Austin Astronomical Society and use their equipment for some amazing stargazing!
Nov 12
5:30p
End Date

Cleburne's Celestial Celebration!

Cleburne State Park
Come join us and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for a community stargazing party!
Nov 17
8:00p
End Date

Astronomy with Buddy * time change*

South Llano River State Park
Come by for a quick look at the stars!
Nov 18
6:00p
End Date

What in the Stars!

Colorado Bend State Park
Using a telescope or binoculars, let's see what we can find in the stars.
Nov 19
6:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!
Nov 19
7:00p
End Date

Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Ever wondered how close the planets are to each other? Come with us as we take a walk through a scale model of our solar system.
Nov 19
7:00p
End Date

Star Party!

South Llano River State Park
Come look through a telescope, find constellations, and more!
Nov 19
8:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Nov 19
8:00p
End Date

Star Party

Lake Brownwood State Park
Join us for a night under the stars to learn about the night sky!
Nov 25
6:45p
End Date

The Stars at Night...

Big Bend Ranch State Park
The Stars at Night are Big and Bright! Join us at the West Contrabando Trailhead for a star party!
Nov 26
3:00p
End Date

Explore the Day Sky: The Sun and the Moon

Tyler State Park
Daytime astronomy!
Nov 26
5:30p
End Date

Explore the Night Sky: Planets and Constellations

Tyler State Park
The Big Clock in the sky!
Nov 26
6:30p
End Date

Starrytelling

Fort Leaton State Historic Site
Enjoy a night of stargazing at our International Dark Sky park during the holidays!
Nov 26
7:30p
End Date

Starrytelling

Copper Breaks State Park
Come spend a night under the stars!

December 2022

Dec 3
7:00p
End Date

Star Party!

South Llano River State Park
Come look through a telescope, find constellations, and more!
Dec 17
6:00p
End Date

Star Party

Abilene State Park
A night of stargazing!
Dec 17
7:00p
End Date

Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Ever wondered how close the planets are to each other? Come with us as we take a walk through a scale model of our solar system.
Dec 17
8:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Dec 30
6:30p
End Date

Starrytelling

Fort Leaton State Historic Site
Enjoy a night of stargazing at our International Dark Sky park during the holidays!

April 2023

Apr 29 End Date

Goose Island Extravaganza!

Goose Island State Park
🎉 Join us in the celebration of 100 years in Texas State Parks! Activities include fishing, archery, kayaking, a star party, demonstrations, food, and much, much more!

August 2023

Aug 5
9:00p
End Date

The Stars at Night

Caddo Lake State Park
The stars at night, are big and bright, (clap, clap, clap, clap) deep in the heart of Texas! Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks with a night sky viewing, led by a park ranger and their telescope!

October 2023

Oct 7
9:00a
End Date

A Natural Halloween

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
🎉 Join us for A Natural Halloween!  We will host morning activities and evening activities.
Oct 14
10:00a
End Date

Annular Eclipse

Abilene State Park
Join us for this spectacle in the sky!