By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator

Is there anything more mysterious than space? If you’re looking for some space-based adventures then look no further than this Three Things for Thursday post.

Stories of the Night Sky & Stargazing: Girls are invited learn about the story of the universe through hands-on actives, such as making a constellation key chain and star chart. Girls will even get a chance to “walk” through our solar system; we’ll do a planet walk to represent the distance of the planets from the sun. The program will conclude with moon and stargazing.

When: September 21, 6:30 PM

Where: 200 State Route 169 Little Falls, NY 13365

Register Here

planet walk Ithaca, NY

Take a Walk Around Our Solar System: If you can’t make the event above, there’s more than one way to experience space—no registration required. Down at the Ithaca Commons in Ithaca, NY, the town has constructed an interactive Planet Walk. It’s a ¾ mile, 1:5 billion, scale model of our solar system. The walk starts in the town commons and ends with Pluto (before it was demoted from planet status) at the Sciencecenter. Check out the map here.

Planet Walkers will have the option of being guided through our solar system by none other than Bill Nye (the Science Guy!). You can either listen to the audio by calling (703) 637-6237 or downloading the audio in advance.

Take a listen:


kopernik observatory vestal ny
Paul Cooper/ Flickr

Peer into the Universe: Observatories offer a perfect opportunity to explore the night sky. There are several observatories located across the NYPENN area.

The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center is open every Friday night, March through November, and has several high-powered telescopes to help you peer deeper into our universe.

The center also offers a different programs every Friday night, so it’s guaranteed no two trips will ever be the same.

The observatory is located on 698 Underwood Rd, Vestal, NY 13850

The Adirondack Public Observatory is open for public star gazing every clear Friday of each month through September or early October. Unlike the stargazing events at Kopernik in Vestal, these events are free.

The observatory is located on 178 Big Wolf Rd, Tupper Lake, NY 12986

If you cannot wait till Friday for a space-based adventure. Tonight, July 28th, 2016, the Delta Aquarids meteor shower will be at its peak. After that, the Perseid meteor shower will be making an appearance on August 10th, 2016. Checkout this link for more information.

If you’re looking for more events and programs for your girl to participate in, as well as some for volunteers, head over to

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