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The Wisconsin Observers Weekend 2024 event lineup
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The Wisconsin Observers Weekend 2024 event lineup


The Wisconsin Observers Weekend 2024 event lineup

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Richard Harris Richard Harris

Get ready for the Wisconsin Observers Weekend (WOW) from June 6th to 9th at Hartman Creek State Park! Hosted by NEWSTAR, this event offers amateur astronomers three nights of camping and stargazing in Waupaca. Register by May 27 to secure your spot and enjoy the beauty of the night sky in this tranquil setting!

The Wisconsin Observers Weekend (WOW), hosted by NEWSTAR, is a highly anticipated event for amateur astronomers and their families. From June 6th to 9th, 2024, participants will gather at Hartman Creek State Park, located just west of Waupaca, Wisconsin, to enjoy three days of camping and stargazing. This 1,500-acre park, with post-glacial landscapes and rolling woodlands, provides a beautiful backdrop for outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, biking, and fishing. The park's 10 miles of hiking trails, including the National Scenic Ice Age Trail, offer an abundance of wildflowers and birdwatching opportunities. Biking enthusiasts can explore designated off-road trails or low-traffic roads nearby.

2024 Wisconsin Observers Weekend (WOW) June 6th - 9th

WOW secures all five group campsites at the park to ensure a white-light-free environment, creating optimal stargazing conditions. Although primitive camping is provided, hot showers and modern facilities are accessible nearby. NEWSTAR will also host an ice cream social and door prize drawing on Saturday afternoon.

For those seeking additional amenities, the nearby town of Waupaca offers convenient lodging options, while light pollution remains minimal. Registration includes both the WOW and camping fees, but visitors will need to obtain a state park pass to enter, available for purchase as either an annual or daily pass for residents and non-residents.

WOW 2024 registration details

WOW 2024 registration details

  • Date: June 6th - 9th
  • Location: Group Campsites, Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca, WI
  • Registration Deadlines: Pre-registration closes on May 27, 2024. Late and on-site registration is $40 per person (children $10), regardless of the length of stay, if space permits.
  • Total campers limited to 125.
  • Fees and Refunds: WOW registration includes three nights of camping.
  • Wisconsin State Parks vehicle admission sticker required; available at the park’s Ranger Station.
  • If the event is canceled due to campground closure by the DNR, pre-registration fees will be refunded.
  • Forms: Registration form available on the NEWSTAR website


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