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William_M_Staerkel_Planetarium_Exterior Meetings are held inside the dome at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.
You can get driving directions and parking information here: Parkland Maps
The lot labeled M1 is a good place to park.
Prairie Winds Observatory
observatory You can get driving directions to our observatory here: Google Maps

Look for the "Directions" link to enter your starting location.

You can enter this in your own navigation device as well: "926 County Road 700E, Tolono, IL 61872".
Middle Fork Forest Preserve – Dark Sky Observing Location
Our location for this is at the Middle Fork forest preserve.
Click here for Champaign County Forest Preserve page. The Middle Fork River Forest Preserve is at the bottom of that web page.
Google Map Link to Entrance.

We usually have a short program at the Activity Center followed by observation at the North Waterfowl Management Area.