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Stargaze in the Big Meadow!

Family Stargazing & Moon-gazing

Enjoy the brilliance of Black Butte Ranch's incredible night sky!  You'll listen to an ancient story about the stars, find constellations, find and learn about other interesting visible night sky objects, and look at visible planets through a 70mm beginners telescope (100 x's the human eye). Each participant will receive and learn how to use a sky map, specialized to the month of viewing. 

Special Full Moon programs on October 8, and November 8!  You'll look at the details of the Moon through binoculars and a 70mm beginners telescope (100 x's the human eye). You'll also get to listen to an ancient story about the Moon and learn lots of cool Moon facts. 


Programs are approximately one hour long. Please meet at the back

of the Big Meadow golf parking lot. There is a short 2 minute walk 

on an accessible bark-chipped path into the meadow where we

will stargaze. It is highly recommended that senior citizens

bring their own lawn chairs.

Saturday September 24 7PM (nearly New Moon)

🌕 Saturday October 8 (almost Full Moon) 7PM

Saturday October 22 7PM

Saturday October 29 7PM

Saturday November 5 7PM

🌕 Tuesday November 8 6:30PM (Full Moon)

Saturday December 3 7PM

Special Winter Solstice Program Wednesday December 21 7PM (New Moon)

Friday December 23 7PM

Tuesday December 27 7PM

Thursday December 29 7PM

*If a program is full or the scheduled dates don't work for you, please inquire about scheduling an additional evening to accommodate your group.*



$10/Kids ages 4-15; must be accompanied by an adult (pay for kids in a separate booking and use the code KIDS$10)

Where to meet

At the very back of the Big Meadow golf parking lot past Robert's pub.


Learn About Your Instructor

Check out Starshine's About Page to learn about our instructors. 

What to Bring

  • warm layers

  • blanket to lay on or chairs to sit on

  • curiosity and wonder!

Optional but encouraged

  • red light flashlight 

  • binoculars 

  • a sky viewing app on your phone, recommended is SkyView Lite--its free!

Response to COVID-19

Starshine, LLC. adheres to all current Oregon state guidelines. At this time masks are not required for participants. All programs take place outdoors except in the case of inclement weather.  The instructor has been vaccinated and boosted

Cancellation Policy

If the program cancels due to inclement weather or insufficient participation, all bookings will receive a full refund at the time of cancellation.  Bookings canceled more than one week in advance will receive full refund, otherwise a partial refund of 50% will be returned.