Friends of Paynes Prairie

CANCELLED Stargazing: A Dark Sky Party at Paynes Prairie

  • 12 March 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 9300 SE CR 234, Micanopy, FL 32667
  • 10


  • Children age 0-6: free entry
  • For Active members only - present membership card at event entry. Youth with family membership are free.
  • Adults or Children aged 7-18. DO NOT REGISTER children age 6 and under

Do NOT register children age 6 and under
Registration is closed

Cancelled due to weather




Join us for an evening of stargazing at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.  Telescopes and sky-viewing expertise will be provided by the Alachua Astronomy Club.  Enjoy  telescope viewing, cocoa, and the campfire.  This is a family-friendly event for all ages. Hayrides will not be provided at this event.   


Seating is limited, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs.  NO PETS permitted; service animals only.  Proceeds from this event directly support Friends of Paynes Prairie and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.  While you're there, please take a moment to thank Alachua Astronomy Club volunteers - we couldn't host this event without them!


March 12, 2016

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gates open for public parking at 5:00 pm

Limited to 700 participants

Location: 9300 CR 234, Micanopy, FL 32667   

Cost: $5 Per Person     

  • Free Entry for:  Active Friends of Paynes Prairie (FOPP) Members, children 0-6 years of age, and current campers from the Paynes Prairie campground (bring your camper card).      

  • FOPP Members: We look forward to seeing you at this event.  Please note that participation in this event will be limited this year.  There is no cost for you to participate, but please make an online reservation to secure your space while online reservations are still available (select the FOPP Member registration type for free reservation). Please show your active membership card at the entrance. 

There will NOT be hayrides at this event. In order to improve the safety, enjoyment, and dark-sky experience of this event, we are hosting alternative evening hayride events throughout the year.  Check out this upcoming hayride event and look for more throughout the year: 


To improve your sky-viewing experience, this event is limited to 700 participants, with fully-paid reservations only.  Reservations for 700 participants will be available online until sold.  These reservations must be paid for online.  Any reservations that remain unpaid on March 7th, and any day after, will be cancelled and become available online for others.  This event will be closed to participants who do not have paid online reservations.  Participants will check-in by name on the reservation when they arrive.  No payments will be accepted at the event entrance. 


This is a weather-dependent event.  The decision to "GO" or "NO GO" will be made at 12:00 PM / NOON on the day of the event.  If cancelled, it will be posted on this website and our Facebook page ASAP after the decision is made.  If cancelled, all registrants will receive a refund.


Refunds will not be provided for cancellations made after March 9th.


Photography for Park Staff and Friends of Paynes Prairie purposes will be taken during this event. 






Thank you for supporting Paynes Prairie.
Goal: $2,000.00
Collected: $1,200.00

Contact Us

Visitors Center - 352-466-4100
Ranger Station - 352-466-3397

Friends of Paynes Prairie
100 Savannah Boulevard
Micanopy, FL 32667

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