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15th Annual Camping With The Stars at Eagle Lake Observatory

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm CDT

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One event on July 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on July 31, 2022 at 8:00 am

Panoramic image of campsites at star event

July 29-31, 2022

Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park
10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America, MN

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the the 15th Annual Camping With the Stars at the Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park. Speakers are scheduled throughout the day and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawing will be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and telescopes. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.

Call Carver County Parks office to register a campsite for Camping with the Stars (CWTS)

Connie Keller
Administrative Assistant

The campground host will be checking in any CWTS campers that arrive on Friday & Saturday. Any walk-ins will be sent to the observatory.

All CWTS guests, after checking in and getting their campsite, will pick up their CWTS packet at the observatory. Among other things, the packet will include door prize tickets.

Walk-in fee are collected at the observatory. Included with the fee is for the door prize ticket (and wrist band).  Anyone can also buy a raffle ticket, whether registered or not.

General Summary:
1 – Check in at park office / campground host for campsite
2 – Guests to pick up CWTS packet at observatory (direct them into classroom)
3 – Walk-ins, not camping, directed to or go directly to the classroom to pay fee for wrist band / door prize ticket
Daily fee is now $10 per person.

Schedule of Events – Subject to Change

Friday July 29, 2022

7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Saturday June 30, 2022

2:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Door prize drawing   8:00 pm
Raffle prize drawing  8:30 pm

Sunday June 31, 2022

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to our annual Camping with the Stars taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory.

In the spring of 2008, the MAS was approached by REI and Astronomy magazine to host one of their “Campout with the Stars” events for 2008. Nationwide, there were dozens of similar events throughout the summer hosted by astronomy clubs across the country. That first year success coupled with the 2009 International Year of Astronomy prompted us to continue the tradition. The MAS Eagle Lake Observatory is located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America. For additional Information on the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory, visit the Eagle Lake Observatory webpage

Each observatory is handicap accessible, state-of-the-art facilities with robotic telescopes ranging from 4 inches to 20 inches of aperture and are ready to show you the skies. Come see the stars through our five telescope platforms that include a 14” and 16” Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes, 8” TMB design refractor as well as numerous other telescopes or sit back and enjoy live video of planets, star clusters, galaxies and nebula on the observatory imaging system. Enjoy a tour of the sky by one of our dedicated volunteers or bring your own telescope. There will be talks, prizes, solar viewing, and fun activities throughout the day and into the night.

Baylor Regional Park offers 50 camping sites. Thirty-five sites have water and electrical hookups and 15 sites are primitive. For the Camping with the Stars event, the park opens up additional campsites at the foot of our observatories where you can set up your own scope or take the short walk to view through some of the best amateur telescopes available. Other facilities include: picnic areas, showers, swimming beach, beach house, reserve-able picnic shelters, sand volleyball court, group camping area and horseshoe pits and an 18 hole disc golf course.

CWTS Registration fees (subject to change)
Call the Carver County Park Office at 
952-466-5250 to register and reserve your spot.
Utility Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $105.00
Primitive Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $89.00
Group Camp Setting in Ball field below the observatory + MAS EVENT Registration $70.00
Daily Admissions (not camping) to MAS EVENT $10.00/person/day

* Registration fees include:
– Two nights of camping
– Guest wristbands (one per person)
– Door prize drawing tickets (one per person)

* All registration fees are for up to 4 people. Extra Person – $5/each for weekend

Call the Carver County Park Office at 952-466-5250 to register and reserve your spot.


July 29
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Eagle Lake Observatory
10775 County Road 33
Norwood Young America, MN 55397 United States
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