• Sunset Icon SUNSET:
  • Full Moon Icon MOON: 90% Waxing Gibbous
Interactive star Chart
Loading Events

« All Events

Prairie Skies Star Party

September 17, 2009 @ 12:00 am - September 20, 2009 @ 12:00 am EDT

Prairie Skies Star Party 2009 will be held at beautiful Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See 4-H camp, adjacent to Kankakee River State Park, near Bourbonnais Illinois. We place a special emphasis on amateur telescope making, by recognizing outstanding achievement through our ATM Telescope and Accessory Awards. In addition to the usual all night observing; Prairie Skies features an imaging contest, door prizes, a swap market, vendors, catered meals, and a guest speaker or two. Children can participate in the art contest and their very own age appropriate door prize drawings. Visit the Prairie Dog Stand and enjoy a tasty prairie dog; and don’t miss out on the famous Midnight Chili! As always; complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available in the Dining Hall all day and night throughout the event. Our popular Almost All Night Movie Festival will feature a variety of films in the Dining Hall. Join us for a great time as Prairie Skies Star Party "continues the tradition" at Camp Shaw.
The pre-registration deadline is 8-15-09 (prices are higher after the deadline).

Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See provides a semi secluded location, well protected from the glare of off-site lighting. The 6 acre main observing field is grass covered, making it ideal for observing and camping. Rustic barrack style cabins are available for non-campers. The large Dining Hall serves as a gathering place for many of the scheduled activities. Enjoy walking through the woods on shady hiking trails; one of which, follows Rock Creek as it traverses the camp property through a small Silurian dolostone canyon. Nearby Kankakee River State Park has an extensive bike trail system, and offers many other recreational opportunities.

PSSP is hosted by the Prairie Skies Astronomical Association.


September 17, 2009 @ 12:00 am
September 20, 2009 @ 12:00 am


USA - Illinois
Illinois USA


John Weber
708 481-7970