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Becoming a Stargazer

  • Go outside.  Look up.  Be wowed.  You’re a stargazer!

  • Get away from town lights.  See map for plenty of great places to stargaze and night hike along the Kickapoo River Valley.

  • Give your eyes time to adapt to the dark.  Set aside your flashlight and cell phone.  If you need a little light, red or amber is best.

  • There’s a lot to see with just your eyes.  If you already have binoculars, use them to see even more.  You don’t need a telescope.

  • Be warm and comfortable.  Dress for 20 degrees cooler than the temperature. Remember healthy snacks and warm beverages.   Bring a blanket or air mattress or reclining chair.

  • Be safe.  Bring a buddy or let someone know where you are headed.

  • Like Driftless Stargazing to find out when amazing things are happening in the skies.

  • Meet your fellow stargazers at Iowa County Astronomers , Starsplitters of Wyalusing , La Crosse Area Astronomical Society

  • EarthSky has daily updates of things to see.

  • Sky&Telescope has weekly updates of things to see.

  • Skymaps has a free monthly star map you can print off and bring.

  • ClearOutside lets you know how cloudy it might be.

  • LightPollutionMap (search La Farge, WI) shows how dark the skies might be. 

  • International Dark-Sky Association has abundant resources to make it easy to preserve the night.

view of night sky from campsite K

The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board acknowledges that the state and federal lands that comprise the Reserve fall within the ancestral homelands of First Nations people including the Hooçak Nation. We recognize the sovereignty of the Hooçak and other First Nations and will work towards a shared future by continuing to create collaborative opportunities to protect and preserve these lands.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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