Stars, frogs and woodcocks round out spring fun at Heritage Park

Join a Star Party, learn about frog chatter, and check out woodcock mating grounds during April activities at the Nature Center in Heritage Park:

Star PartiesMonthly Star Parties begin April 12

Explore the night sky with the Farmington Area Amateur Astronomy Club! Enjoy Star Parties at Heritage Park on the second Tuesday of each month, April 12 through August 9. Star parties begin at dusk and last about 90 minutes after sunset. Visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to observe the stars, planets, and other celestial objects through telescopes.

Star Parties are free, just show up! Meet at the Sledding Hill in Heritage Park near the North Shelter. Star gazing is outdoors, so dress for the weather. If cloudy or inclement weather occurs, the Star Party will be canceled.

Frogs & Fun

Join a naturalist and explore the wetlands of Heritage Park for Frogs & Fun on Friday, April 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Kids ages 6 and older will complete data sheets like real scientists while learning to identify native frogs and toads, and also make a froggy craft to take home. Please dress for the weather and exploring the outdoors. Cost is $5, and pre-registration is encouraged at the Costick Center or online at

Boots N’ Books at the Nature Center

A naturalist will share a story and then take families outdoors for a short hike that will bring the story to life during Boots N’ Books, which meets at the Nature Center on April 16 and May 21 from 11 a.m. to noon. The event is open to children ages 1½ to 5, accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $3 per person and $9 for a family of four. Boots N’ Books is a drop-in class. No need to pre-register, just pay at the Nature Center on the day of the program.

Woodcock Walk April 15 at Heritage Park

Experience the magic and excitement of the woodcock’s unique mating dance. Take a guided hike to the breeding grounds where you’ll listen and search for these elusive birds. Please dress for the weather and exploring outdoors.

Meet at the Nature Center at 8 p.m. on April 15. The hour-long program is for ages 6 to adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is encouraged; cost is $3 per person. Register at the Costick Center or at