Meteor shower viewing events near you!

LANSING, Mich. — Got s’mores? Sen. John Proos is sharing with area families and stargazers opportunities to watch the annual Perseid meteor shower during “Meteors & S’mores” at nearly 20 Michigan state parks Aug. 11-12.

“The Perseid meteor shower happens each summer and is considered one the best shooting-star shows — with blazing meteors lighting up the night sky,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “As the shower peaks next weekend, state parks across Michigan will have special stargazing areas set aside for people who want to watch the magnificent show, including one at Warren Dunes State Park in Southwest Michigan.”

Warren Dunes State Park in Berrien County will host its Meteors & S’mores event on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 p.m. to midnight. The park is located at 12032 Red Arrow Highway between Bridgman and Sawyer along Lake Michigan.

Stargazers should meet in the south side of the third beach parking lot. For more information, contact the park at 269-426-4013.

“In addition to complimentary s’mores, the Warren Dunes program will include folk tales and ghost stories being told around a campfire on the beach,” Proos said. “Park volunteers also will be setting up telescopes, passing out sky maps and helping participants find constellations. The amazing meteor shower and this creative program should combine for a fun and memorable experience for the entire family.”

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages day-use visitors and campers to dress for the weather and to bring blankets, seating, bug spray and snacks.

Participating parks will stay open later than their normal closing times. Designated viewing areas and viewing times will be specified at each park. For a list of events throughout the state, visit www.michigan.gov/darksky.

To take full advantage of the meteor showers that are estimated to take place Aug. 9-16, the DNR also encourages visitors to make camping reservations throughout the week and sleep under the stars. To check camping availability or to make a reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS.

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