Wild Under the Stars - Conservators Center

Wild Under the Stars

With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle & Triad area, the Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers superb viewing conditions for astronomical events and phenomena. On August 12, 2019, join us in the green space and event field by our Visitors Center to view the Perseid Meteor Shower! You’ll have an unobstructed view of the sky with opportunities to view up to 10–15 meteors per hour given near-full moon lighting conditions this year. You’ll also be able to view VenusMarsJupiter, and Saturn, as well as the Moon, with your binoculars or telescope.

What makes this viewing party unique, however, is the company you’ll keep. Our park of over 80 animals features a large population of vocal, social carnivores  including lions and wolves, as well as other vocal species like jungle cats, coyote, and New Guinea singing dogs, who will all keep you enthralled with their chorus of howls, roars, and calls. It’s an experience unlike any other!

Please note that Wild Under the Stars dates are subject to local weather and viewing conditions. Cancellations due to weather will be made at least 24 hours in advance of viewing events, please keep an eye on our social media accounts and check your email for details before each event.

 
 

Wild Under the Stars offers a discounted (additional purchase) pre-viewing party tour through the Animal Park for visitors who will be purchasing admission to the starlight viewing party and also for an additional fee, the opportunity to camp out all night and enjoy the entire meteor shower.

Pre-registration is required, guests will not be admitted without a ticket.

Viewing party event is contingent on weather conditions, cancellation due to weather will be communicated 24 hours in advance if necessary. Guests are responsible for bringing their own telescope, binoculars, or other viewing equipment, The Conservators Center will not have extras available for use. Please arrive early to set up your viewing equipment, our exterior lights will go RED at 9pm.

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Event Viewing Opportunity

Perseid Meteor Shower

Due to near-full moon conditions, spectators can expect to see just 10–15 Perseids per hour or maybe slightly more on the peak this year, which is the night of 12-13 August 2019, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the sky as you train your focus to the North East to take in this breathtaking meteor shower.

"Unfortunately, the moon will be very close to full on the night of the peak, which will wash out the fainter Perseids," Cooke told Space.com. "The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so you'll still see Perseids; you just won't see the show you've seen on nights when the moon has not been around."

Don't let the moon dissuade you from joining us, the Perseids are a fireball-rich event and you'll still see quite a few meteors throughout the night, especially earlier in the morning.

Other Viewing Opportunities

The Moon

The Moon will be waxing gibbous, near full this evening and will present an excellent viewing opportunity.

Venus

Spot Venus with your binoculars or telescope before 9:30pm, just after darkness falls on the park.

Mars

Spot Mars with your binoculars or telescope all night, through the meteor shower.

Jupiter

View Jupiter with your binoculars or telescope early in the evening until it sets at 11pm.

Saturn

View Saturn with your binoculars or telescope all night, through the meteor shower.

Admission & Tour

$18

7:30pm–1am

Join us for a pre-viewing party tour through the Animal Park, where you'll learn about our residents. Then, enjoy the viewing party in the Green Space and Activity Field just outside the park next to our Visitors Center.

Camp Out

$23

8pm–8am

Spend the whole night with us by camping over night! You'll be able to enjoy the entire meteor shower from sun down to sun up.

The Full Experience

$30

7:30pm–8am

Get the whole experience by coming for the pre-viewing party tour and camping out overnight to enjoy the full viewing party and the entire meteor shower.



Accessibility, Safety, and Pets


The Conservators Center's park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.

If you are planning to visit the Center, please take a moment to review our park information and tour waiver. If you'd like, you can also print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to arrival. Waivers and release forms will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.


For safety reasons, the Conservators Center does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Center will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.