The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) holds a special Mars Viewing Night on July 31, when the red planet is at its closest approach to Earth since 2003. Viewing from The Astronomy Campus begins at 8 pm. DPAS members will set up their equipment in the STAR Garden and help visitors explore the night sky. Their next meeting is Aug. 7, 7 pm, and is open to all.
Crossroad’s family programs continue July 31 at 10 am with “Rocks and Fossils: Leave No Stone Unturned.” Learn about the rocks and fossils found in Door County.
The next family program, “Soar with Fantastic Flyers,” is scheduled for Aug. 1 at 10 am. Search the migratory routes of hummingbirds, robins, orioles whooping cranes and monarch butterflies. Both family programs, appropriate for all ages, includes hands-on activities and is held in the Collins Learning Center.
Friends of Crossroads continues their work party July 28, 10 am – 12 pm. Knock back some of the invasive plants that are found in the Big Creek Preserve. Meet at the Hanson House parking lot just off Utah Street. Bring water, gloves and loppers if you have them.
The Collins Learning Center is located at 2041 Michigan just east of the highway roundabout in Sturgeon Bay. All events are free and open to the public. Summer hours are 1-3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday and during scheduled events. Closed Sunday and Monday, but restrooms and trails are open.