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introducing observatory park

Part of the Geauga Park District, Observatory Park is a 1,100-acre park in Montville Township, Ohio - an area that has long been recognized by astronomers as one of the few regions left in Northeast Ohio that has not yet been affected by light pollution.

Observatory
Park has received provisional certification as an "International Dark Sky Park" by the International Dark Sky Association based in Tucson, Arizona. The Park will be one of only 5 Dark-Sky Parks in the United States to receive such a designation.

The Geauga Park District is currently driving the advancement of the educational aspect of Observatory Park. With the assistance of a group of Geauga County middle and high school science teachers, the Park District is developing a range of science education programs for students of all ages with interactive components focusing on astronomy, meteorology and geology.

The Park District has had a unique opportunity to collaborate with several regional leaders in the science and education fields, including The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Great Lakes Science Center , Case Western Reserve University , Kent State University, Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society, Cleveland Astronomical Society and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. These organizations look forward to enhancing their educational programs through this ongoing partnership.

Since the land was purchased in 2003, a capital campaign has proceeded through several phases of fundraising and construction to prepare for opening Observatory Park to the public.

Observatory Park is now open to the public! Their website is here.

Find the park at 10610 Clay Street, Montville Township, OH
Directions
here.

 


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