New Telescope at Astronomy Center, Nature Programs at Crossroads

On July 25, with the help of a professional installer, members of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society moved a state-of-the-art telescope into the dome of the Leif Everson Observatory in Sturgeon Bay. Society members believe this to be the most sophisticated telescope/camera set-up in the state, and they hope to have it fully operational for Astronomy Day in September.

Until then, check out these activities at nearby Crossroads at Big Creek (

Habitat Healers will meet Aug. 6, 9:30-11:30 am, to help with land-restoration efforts. Instruction, equipment, gloves, cookies and lemonade will be provided. Wear clothing and footwear that can get wet and dirty.

Installing the mount.

Join summer educator Joan Wilkie on Aug. 8, 10 am, for “Glaciers to Great Lakes” to discover how glacial ice transformed the Midwestern landscape. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.

On Aug. 9, 10 am, program director Corey Batson will lead participants on a hike to look for splashes of color and use them to identify and examine the plants, animals and landscape. The hike will be at a leisurely pace, with plenty of stops to explore and learn.

Learn about the Silurian fossils of our area and go on a fossil hunt Aug. 10, 10 am. Each participating family will also receive a free fossil flyer. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.

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