Explore the Ozarks, and beyond, much further beyond! Southeast Missouri is known for amazing sights, but it is also one of the darkest night skies in our region, far away from all light pollution. We will start our day off by stopping in for a quick tour of Alley Mill, one of the states largest springs (over 81 million gallons daily!). After that quick stop we will head to Echo Bluff State Park for an easy 3 mile hike that see waterfalls, bluffs and pristine creeks.
After finishing the hike we will gather around the campfire as night sets for dinner and s’mores before the big event led by the Dent County Astronomers.
“As we start the viewing in the fading twilight of a moonless night, we'll pick out the brightest stars above us. Before long, the constellations will start appearing in the darkening sky. We'll point out the spring constellations of Leo, Bootes, Cancer, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor, plus the winter holdovers of Gemini and Auriga.
Provided telescopes will show you close views of double stars, globular star clusters, and open star clusters. We'll also show you galaxies far outside our own Milky Way galaxy. Meanwhile, keep your eyes on the sky and you might catch a few meteors from the Eta Aquariid meteor shower that peaks overnight”.
After this inspiring viewing, relax and rest your head as we drive you back to Springfield where you can start to plan your next adventure!
*Star gazing depend on a clear night. If weather does not cooperate, adjustments will be made.
** Generally large group for astronomy viewing. If you have your own equipment, feel free to bring it.
INCLUDES: TRANSPORTATION AND EXPERT GUIDE
DOES NOT INCUDE: GUIDE’S TIPS
AGE REQUIREMENT: 10+
This day consists of two very easy/simple hikes. Slow and steady we will go over 4 miles total hiking
This trip screams unique. Enjoy an amazing time with new friends seeing the wonders of the night sky!
Return happy after seeing the Ozarks in a new astonishing way!
SPRINGFIELD: 5 Pound Apparel at Farmers Park (2144 E Republic Road, Springfield, MO 65804)
PICK UP TIME: 1:45 PM
BRANSON: Starbucks at Target off Highway 65 (200 Ozark Scenic Drive, Branson, MO 65616)
PICK UP TIME: 1:00 PM
Anyone interested in learning about astronomy.
First time hikers up to a different day in nature.
Fit Adventurers for a relaxed day in exploring the Ozarks.
WHAT TO WEAR?
Waterproof hiking boots/shoes
Hat / gloves
Sunscreen / Bug repellent
WHAT TO BRING?
Water, snacks and dinner for the day.
Layers! It might get cold at night.
Hiking poles (optional)
Camera and tripod (optional)
Telescope (if you have one)
Meet at 1:45 pm at Farmers Park (2:30 pm if you are leaving from Branson)
Drive 2:15 hours to Alley Mill and soak up Ozark’s beauty through an easy hike.
After a short drive, hike around 3 miles at Echo Bluff State Park.
Indulge on a campfire tradition: S’mores!
Enjoy’s spectacular’s views of the night sky on nature’s front seat.
Drive back and arrive to Springfield around 12:30 am (11:50 pm to Branson)