Richard Bong State Recreation Area is a 4,515-acre (1,827 ha) unit of the state park system of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is located in the town of Brighton, in Kenosha County. This managed prairie contains 8.3 miles (13 km) of mountain bike trails. Other recreational activities include high power rocketry, swimming, dogsledding, falconry, ATV sports, land sailing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping with amenities, and ultralight aviation.
Every Saturday evening that is clear from Spring through Fall, the Richard Bong Astronomy Association hosts an informal gathering of campers and others who are interested in astronomy or just curious about what’s up there. People are encouraged to listen to a brief tour of the current night’s highlights then to look through the available telescopes. Generally, viewers are able to see Nebulae, Galaxies, Open & Globular Clusters and the Milky Way. Sometimes there will be a flyover of the International Space Station or other satellites that are easily visible.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!