Stargazing course offered for lifelong population

Kevin PowellParks & Recreation

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Lifelong Recreation is offering Introduction to Stargazing, an instructional program about the celestial motions that govern the sky.

Introduction to Stargazing will be held 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 19 and April 26, as well as 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Baker Wetlands Discover Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. Participants will be introduced to stars, asterisms and constellations while also learning to use telescopes, planispheres, star charts and apps. Each evening class will end with observing, using the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes. During the final afternoon class participants will learn what there is to see during the day and how to observe the sun safely in preparation for the Great American Solar Eclipse in August. All classes will be taught by Rick Heschmeyer, longtime amateur astronomer, president of the Astronomy Associates of Lawrence and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. Cost is $17 per person.

To register online, visit: or stop by any Parks and Recreation facility including: the Community Building 115 West 11th St.; Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive; Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. or the Administrative Office in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.

For more information contact Gayle Sigurdson, recreation programmer, at (785) 832-7920.