6/10/2023 to 6/11/2023 | 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Location: Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Rd 2700 E, Penfield, IL 61862

Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, a designated International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. We’ll meet at the Activity Center for a presentation by Dave Leake, president of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society, then proceed outside where volunteers will have telescopes set up to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. You may wish to bring insect repellent and something to drink, as well as a lawn chair or picnic blanket for star gazing after the presentation.

FREE. All Ages. Children must be accompanied by adults. No cloud date.

Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates.

For more info: (217) 896-2455 or


In the event of inclement weather/overcast skies, cancellation notices will be posted at least two hours before the program on the William M. Staerkel Planetarium’s (217) 351-2567 phone line and on CCFPD & Homer Lake Interpretive Center Facebook pages.


(photo credit: Kevin Railsback)