NWSF Information

Hobbs Observatory
Beaver Creek Reserve
Fall Creek, Wisconsin
August 26-28, 2022

Sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society (CVAS).

Online NWSF registration and t-shirt order form.

Mail-in NWSF registration form.

Mail-in NWSF t-shirt order form.

Join us for Northwoods Starfest (NWSF), August 26-28, 2022 at Hobbs Observatory, located in the Beaver Creek Reserve (BCR) four miles north of Fall Creek, Wisconsin.

Registrations fees – CVAS has managed to keep NWSF fees the same for over 10 years, unfortunately due to changes charged by BCR for use of the campus we have been forced to raise fees this year.

  • Adults (13 and over) $95 (if received on or before 8/12/2022), $105 after 8/12/2022.
  • Students (5 through 12) $75
  • Child (under 5) No charge

For those wishing to stay onsite, accommodations at BCR include Cedar Lodge and five cabins. Cedar Lodge provides a common area, bathrooms, showers and two attached bunk houses.  Cabins do not have bathrooms, but there is a large bathroom/shower house available for all guests.  Towels/linens are not provided.

Tents and small campers may be set up along the edges of the observing field or in other open areas on the BCR grounds. There is a very limited amount of room for larger RVs – please let us know if you are bringing an RV. There are no RV electrical hook ups.

For those who prefer more plush overnight accommodations there are two hotels located 10 miles (15 minutes) west of BCR near the US 53/WI 312 intersection.

A large field in front of the observatory to set up for observing. The skies are quite dark. Limited AC power is available for the observing field.

In addition to the featured speakers on Friday and Saturday evening, NWSF attendees are invited to share a short talk on Saturday afternoon. If you have something astronomical to share: a presentation, a unique telescope, or anything else that people might enjoy, we encourage you to reserve a paper session time on Saturday afternoon. Please limit your presentation to 25 minutes maximum. If you have short talk to share please note the title on the mail in registration or in the comments box on the online registration.

A swap fest is held late Saturday afternoon. Bring whatever astronomy gear you’d like sell or swap.

The BCR campus offers a nature center, nature store, butterfly house, hiking trails and an obstacle course which NWSF attendees have access to at no additional charge.

Saturday also offers an on your own activity to visit the Eau Claire Planet Walk in downtown Eau Claire at Phoenix Park. An excellent Farmer’s Market at the park runs until 1pm.

In an effort to maximize NWSF attendees’ observing experience, the observatory will not be open to the general public on Saturday night as it has in past years during NWSF.

Beaver Creek Reserve has a strict pet policy: “In the interest of health and safety of all our visitors and wildlife, pets are not allowed on the Reserve.” Please leave your pets at home.

Please let us know if you have any other special needs before NWSF and we’ll do our best to accommodate them. If you have certain dietary requirement, you are welcome to use the refrigerator/freezer and kitchen in the main lodge to store and prepare your own meals.

Registration fee includes BCR camp fees (camping, bunkhouse or cabin accommodations – see photos above), Friday midnight snacks, Saturday brunch, Saturday dinner, Saturday midnight snacks, and Sunday breakfast.

Cancellations will be honored through August 12th (online cancellations incur a $0.30 cancellation charge).

NWSF t-shirts are in addition to registration fees. Costs are $15 (S/M/L/XL), $17.50 (2XL), $18.50 (3XL). T-shirt orders must be received by Tuesday August 9th.  A limited number of t-shirts may be available for purchase at check-in

For more information or questions, email CVAS at: contact@cvastro.org


Friday, August 26th

3:00 pm — Registration (Observatory Office).

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm — Brats and hot dogs (Main Lodge). Cost not included in the registration fee!

  • Brats: $3
  • Hot Dogs: $2
  • Soda: $.50
  • Chips: $.50

7:30 pm — Featured speaker (Main Lodge)

9:00 pm — Observing session begins.

Midnight — Snacks (Main Lodge). 11:00pm if cloudy

Saturday, August 27th

10:00 am to 11:30am — Brunch (Main Lodge) and registration (Observatory Office).

1:00 pm — Paper sessions (Main Lodge). Paper session schedule will posted in the Main Lodge and Observatory Office.

4:00 pm — Swap Fest (Observatory Classroom).

5:30 pm — Dinner (Main Lodge)

6:15 pm — Door prizes, must be present to win (Main Lodge).

7:00 pm — Group photo (Observatory Patio, Main Lodge if raining).

7:30 pm — Featured speaker (Main Lodge).

9:00 pm — Observing session begins.

Midnight — Snacks (Main Lodge). 11:00pm if cloudy.

Sunday, August 28th

8:00 am to 10:00am — Breakfast (Main Lodge).

  • Blueberry pancakes, sausages, milk, juice, coffee.

Noon — Checkout