- Estimated Cost: $100
- Max Trip Size: 75 people
Save the Dates: June 18-21
Join us once again for Rovers Astronomy Weekend, back at Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC) near McGregor, MN, about a 2.5-hr drive north of the Twin Cities.
During the day, enjoy hiking, biking, bird watching and more at LLCC and surrounding parks (activities/schedule TBD). At night, when the stars come out, join member of the Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS) as they show us the planets, spring galaxies and the Summer Milky Way!
The observing field is roughly 200 ft. from the lodge. Observing highlights will include Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun, and a myriad of galaxies, star clusters, and gaseous nebulae! The MAS stores twin giant (25”/30”) Dobsonian telescopes on site and MAS members will be bringing additional telescopes. Feel free to bring your own telescope/binoculars if you have them!
The area in/around LLCC has a lot to offer too. For more information see this link:
As prior year attendees know, LLCC has fantastic lodges that we will be staying in. This is not a primitive camping trip!!! 😀
We will have 3 or 4 people per room, with each room having its own electricity, bathroom and shower. You will just need to bring your own sheets, blankets and pillows.
Shared (up to 3 per room): $35/person
Double: $55/person (limited availability)
As for food, you have the choice of purchasing fresh meals from the staff at LLCC, bringing your own food, or heading to a nearby establishment in Palisade or McGregor. Here are this year’s LLCC meal costs:
- Breakfast (Fri / Sat / Sun): $7 each
- Lunch (Fri / Sat): $9 each
- Dinner (Fri / Sat): $12 each
Starting in March we will register directly on the LLCC website for lodging and meals. When registering, please be sure to let them know if you require a vegetarian option, are allergic to particular foods or have other needs.
Estimated cost: $50-$120 (depending on carpooling/meals)
Registration ends June 5th.
Since we’re registering directly with LLCC, there’s no need for a trip deposit. You can cancel with 100% reimbursement up to June 5th.
Come join us for all three nights, or just for the weekend.
Directions to LLCC from St. Paul: https://goo.gl/maps/fbAsANFZXyj
Trip Size: 50-75
In the meantime, drop me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know that you’re interested.
– City you live in
– Want to carpool?
– E-mail/Cell Phone #
– Which day you’re planning to arrive (Fri or Sat)
– Daytime activities you enjoy (Hiking, Biking, Paddling, Bird Watching….)
For info on what gear to bring for particular activities, see here:
We will have a pre-trip meeting on Tues. June 2th, at Como Park, right after the Rovers meeting ends. Please try to make this meeting so I can provide information and answer your questions.
We can arrive at LLCC starting at 4pm on Thurs. June 18th (though you can do other activities in the area). And we will need to be off site by noon on Sunday June 21st.