Calendar of Events

Stargazing

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

May 2022

May 28
2:00p
End Date

All About the Moon

Village Creek State Park
What’s the deal with that big, round thing in the night sky? Join a ranger to learn more about that wondrous glowing orb in the sky. Where did it come from? Why does it look the way it does? What would happen if there was no moon? Who needs the moon? Then join us later that night for an almost full moon hike (registration required) to find out about the night life and creatures that depend on the moon.
May 28
6:45p
End Date

Astronomy 101

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Learn the basics of night sky viewing with various types of equipment!
May 28
8:00p
End Date

Discovery Night

Estero Llano Grande State Park
An especially kid-friendly ranger-led tour which may include stargazing, owls, scorpions, tarantulas, alligators, frogs, bats and more!
May 28
8:30p
End Date

Almost Full Moon Hike

Village Creek State Park
Join us for an almost full moon hike in the woods. During this ranger-led hike, we will be exploring the adaptations of nocturnal animals and testing our own senses in the dark. Find out more about the creatures that are active when the sun goes down. Registration for hike is required.
May 28
9:00p
End Date

Star Party! * Cancelled *

South Llano River State Park
Come look through a telescope, find constellations, and more!
May 28
9:00p
End Date

Stories in the Stars

Atlanta State Park
Join us to listen to constellation stories and look through a telescope!
May 28
9:00p
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.
May 28
9:15p
End Date

Stories in our Stars

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Join a Park Ranger for an exploration of the stories in our stars.
May 29
9:00p
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.

June 2022

Jun 3
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jun 4
8:00p
End Date

Star Talks 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. Plan about 2 hours for this program that will start at 8 p.m. To ensure that the telescopes are not toppled over, we ask that children remain seated. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at (254) 694-3973 or email Rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.texas.gov providing the number of adults and children attending and a phone number to contact if needed.
Jun 4
8:30p
End Date

Star Party with San Antonio Astronomical Association - Rescheduled for June 4

Hill Country State Natural Area
Due to weather forecasts, we have rescheduled this program to June 4. Join the knowledgeable San Antonio Astronomical Association to learn about the night sky and to take a closer look through their telescopes.
Jun 4
8:30p
End Date

Inks Lake Star Party!

Inks Lake State Park
Join the Austin Astronomical Society and use their equipment for some amazing stargazing!
Jun 10
7:30p
End Date

Night Sky

Bonham State Park
Night sky viewing
Jun 10
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jun 11
8:30p
End Date
Jun 14
9:30p
End Date

Strawberry Moon Hike - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Experience the rising of June’s Strawberry Moon in this full moon hike.
Jun 17
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jun 17
9:00p
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?
Jun 18
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.
Jun 18
8:30p
End Date

Star Party

Pedernales Falls State Park
Join the Austin Astronomical Society in stargazing and astronomy!
Jun 18
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Jun 23
9:00p
End Date

Astronomy with Buddy

South Llano River State Park
Come by for a quick look at the stars!
Jun 24
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jun 24
8:30p
End Date

Star Party with the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas

Cedar Hill State Park
Join us with the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas as we explore the vastness of the universe on a beautiful summer night.
Jun 25
9:00p
End Date

Night Hike

South Llano River State Park
Experience the park after dark!
Jun 25
9:30p
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.

July 2022

Jul 1
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jul 2
8:00p
End Date

Star Talks 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. Plan about 2 hours for this program that will start at 8 p.m. To ensure that the telescopes are not toppled over, we ask that children remain seated. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at (254) 694-3973 or email Rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.texas.gov providing the number of adults and children attending and a phone number to contact if needed.
Jul 8
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jul 9
8:30p
End Date
Jul 15
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jul 21
7:30p
End Date

Night Skies

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
The stars at night are big and bright on valley summer nights!
Jul 22
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jul 22
9:00p
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?
Jul 23
9:00p
End Date

Summer Stargazing

Lockhart State Park
Discover the wonders of the night sky! Drop in any time between 9 - 10pm.
Jul 28
8:00p
End Date

Moth Nights

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
It’s National Moth Week! See what the buzz is about as we light the way for moths and more.
Jul 28
9:00p
End Date

Astronomy with Buddy

South Llano River State Park
Come by for a quick look at the stars!
Jul 29
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Jul 29
8:00p
End Date

Moth Nights

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
It’s National Moth Week! See what the buzz is about as we light the way for moths and more.
Jul 30
8:00p
End Date

Star Party with San Antonio Astronomical Association

Garner State Park
Joins us for an evening under the stars!
Jul 30
9:00p
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.

August 2022

Aug 5
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Aug 6
8:00p
End Date

Star Talks 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. Plan about 2 hours for this program that will start at 8 p.m. To ensure that the telescopes are not toppled over, we ask that children remain seated. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at (254) 694-3973 or email Rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.texas.gov providing the number of adults and children attending and a phone number to contact if needed.
Aug 6
8:30p
End Date
Aug 12
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Aug 19
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Aug 20
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.
Aug 20
8:00p
End Date

Inks Lake Star Party!

Inks Lake State Park
Join the Austin Astronomical Society and use their equipment for some amazing stargazing!
Aug 20
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Aug 26
8:00p
End Date

Observing the Texas Sky

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Observe stars, planets and constellations with our volunteer.
Aug 27
8:30p
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.

September 2022

Sep 3
8:30p
End Date
Sep 10
8:00p
End Date

Star Talks 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. Plan about 2 hours for this program that will start at 8 p.m. To ensure that the telescopes are not toppled over, we ask that children remain seated. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at (254) 694-3973 or email Rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.texas.gov providing the number of adults and children attending and a phone number to contact if needed.
Sep 17
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.
Sep 17
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Sep 24
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.

October 2022

Oct 1
7:00p
End Date

Inks Lake Star Party!

Inks Lake State Park
Join the Austin Astronomical Society and use their equipment for some amazing stargazing!
Oct 1
8:30p
End Date
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
9:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!
Oct 29
8:00p
End Date

Star Talks 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. Plan about 2 hours for this program that will start at 8 p.m. To ensure that the telescopes are not toppled over, we ask that children remain seated. Please register your group by calling the park office during business hours at (254) 694-3973 or email Rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.texas.gov providing the number of adults and children attending and a phone number to contact if needed.

November 2022

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 5
8:30p
End Date
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 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
8:00p
End Date

Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers!

December 2022

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!