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Annual Camping With The Stars

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - July 14 @ 2:00 pm CDT

The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the 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 and raffle prize drawings will be held Saturday evening and include telescopes, binoculars, MAS merchandise, astronomy books and more. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with a tour of the night sky and of course stargazing.

Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.

 Registration & Check-in


  • Call the Carver County Park Office at 952-466-5255 to register and reserve your spot.
  • Utility Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $TBD
  • Primitive Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $TBD
  • Group Camp Setting in Ball field below the observatory + MAS EVENT Registration $TBD
  • Daily Admissions (not camping) to MAS EVENT $TBD/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 – $TBD/each for weekend


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 provide information on the weekend activities, event schedule, and door prize tickets for Saturday night drawing.

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

Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday July 12

The observatory opens and the Star Party begins at 7:00 pm. We will begin with solar viewing and other daytime objects. The star party continues past midnight.

7:00pm – Presentation TBD

8:00pm – Presentation TBD

9:30pm – TBD – Laser Light Constellation Tour
Join us near the plaza for a guided tour of the night sky using a laser light.

Saturday July 13

The observatory opens at 1:00 pm. for daytime viewing of the sun, stars & planets (if clear).

2:00PM – Presentation TBD

3:00PM – Presentation TBD

5:00pm – Dinner Break – TBD

8:00pm – Door prize drawing followed by raffle drawing. Door prize drawing,  must be present to win. Raffle drawing, you do not need to be present to win.

9:30pm – TBD – Laser Light Constellation Tour
Join us near the plaza for a guided tour of the night sky using a laser light.

Sunday July 14

The observatory opens at 8:00 am. for solar viewing and other daytime objects (if clear).

8:00am – Continental Breakfast TBD

Morning coffee & donuts (Juice for the kids) – Celebrate the day of the Sun with views through the solar observing telescopes and binoculars. The observatory will be open throughout the morning and early afternoon.

2:00pm Activities conclude


July 12 @ 7:00 pm CDT
July 14 @ 2:00 pm CDT
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Eagle Lake Observatory
10775 County Road 33
Norwood Young America, MN 55397 United States
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