Indiana Family Star Party
Registration / Admission:
Full Event (Tuesday-Sunday) Admission Fee: $20 per person or $30 per family, if preregistered by June 25. This includes a spot for your vehicle, tent/camper and telescope(s) on the observing field. After June 25 or to register "at the gate", the fee is $45 per person, $55 for a family. Click for the Registration Form. Larger groups (scouts, etc) can get group rates with the Group Registration Form. (Vendors: Please fill in the Vendor Registration Form.)
Note if you plan to stay multiple days, but want to stay at a hotel at night, then since driving is not permitted on the observing field after dark, you'll have to move your car to the parking lot before dark. But if you plan to leave equipment setup on the observing field overnight, you still have to pay the "full event" fee, even if you park in the single-day lot.
Single-Day Admission (Friday after 4 pm, or Saturday after 10am, only. Please arrive before 10 pm): Only $5 per person or $15 for a carload, no advance registration required, but this does not include a parking/camping space on the observing field. Parking for single-day attendees will be limited to a separate field on the wooded side of the camp, a few hundred yards from the observing field. During evening hours until midnight, the camp's ranger will be driving a haywagon to provide transportation back and forth between the parking area and the observing field. You're welcome to stay after midnight, but if you stay past midnight, you'll have to walk back to the parking lot.
If you want to bring in a small telescope for a single day, you can either bring it on the haywagon, or if you arrive during daylight hours, you can drive it to the observing field, and then return your car to the "single day" parking lot before dark. But then you'll have to carry your telescope back to the parking lot when you leave (with the haywagon available until midnight).
Note if you plan to stay multiple days, but want to stay at a hotel at night, then since driving is not permitted on the observing field after dark, you'll have to move your car to the parking lot before dark. But if you plan to leave equipment set up on the observing field overnight, you still have to pay the "full event" fee, even if you park in the single-day parking lot.
General Info: Gates open at 3pm Thursday, and 10 am Friday and Saturday. The check-in booth will be at the entrance to the single-day lot (see maps) during "peak hours" of 4pm-10pm Friday, and 10am-10pm Saturday. During other hours, weekend registrants can check in at the info room in the Nature Center. Note that weekend registrants arriving after 10pm will have to park in the single-day parking lot for their first night, since driving is not allowed past this point after dark.
Single-day attendees will only be admitted during "peak hours" of 4-10 pm Friday or 10am-10pm Saturday when the check-in booth at the parking lot is open. You can stay as late as you like.