June 7, 8, 9 2024

MSRAL
Conference 2024

Mahoney State Park Lodge

About The Event

The Mid-States Regional Astronomical League Conference is being hosted by the Omaha Astronomical Society for 2024.  The event will be at Eugene T Mahoney State Park near Ashland, Nebraska off Interstate 80 exit 426.

A Nebraska Game and Parks Permit is required to enter Mahoney State Park.  If you are a non-resident of the state of Nebraska, we are working to have a list of out of town folks at the gate to get you into the park.  Nebraska residents, please pick up a Nebraska Game and Parks Permit online or any of the local offices that sell them.

Friday, June 7th:
Registration will be open in the lodge from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  The Friday Star-B-Q Dinner will take place at the Bur Oak Picnic Shelter inside the park.  Following dinner, there will be a Star Party at the John R. Lauritzen Golf Driving Range.

Saturday, June 8th:
The day begins with the business meeting, followed by presentations, lunch, then more presentations.
Keynote dinner will be in the evening at 7 PM.  (See the schedule for more details)

Sunday, June 9th:
Sunday is an abbreviated day, with a couple presentations and closing by 12 Noon.

Where

Eugene T Mahoney State Park
28500 W Park Hwy
Ashland, NE 68003

When

7-9 June 2024
Friday to Sunday

Register early to qualify for early bird pricing!

Registrations prior to  May 1st receive early bird pricing (a $10 discount).

Early Bird General Admission $55 (ends April 30th, 2024)

A mail in mail in registration form is also available to mail in registration form.

Venue

Eugene T Mahoney State Park
28500 W Park Hwy
Ashland, NE 68003

Located off exit 426 on Interstate 80, ET Mahoney State Park is one of the premiere state parks of Nebraska.

 

A Nebraska Game and Parks Permit is required to enter Mahoney State Park.  If you are a non-resident of the state of Nebraska, we are working to have a list of out of town folks at the gate to get you into the park.  Nebraska residents, please pick up a Nebraska Game and Parks Permit online or any of the local offices that sell them.

Lodging

Eugene T. Mahoney Lodge has a number of rooms which are at the venue itself.  Unfortunately, due to renovations, they will not be available at the time of the conference.

Camping Options

Mahoney State Park has many tent and RV campsites available if you’d like to sleep under the stars. You can check availability at Reserve America. These sites go quickly so reserve early to guarantee yourself a spot. 

Additional campsites are available at nearby Platte River State Park.

Visit https://outdoornebraska.gov for more information.

Red Lion Inn & Suites

The Red Lion Inn & Suites is located at 14355 NE-31, Gretna, NE, about 10 minutes away from Eugene T Mahoney State Park.
Link to their website.

Embassy Suites La Vista

Embassy Suites by Hilton in La Vista

The Embassy Suites by Hilton La Vista is located at 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE 68128, about 17 minutes away from Eugene T Mahoney State Park. 
Link to their website.

Quality Inn and Suites

Quality Inn and Suites

The Quality Inn and Suites is located at 9505 S 142nd Ave, Omaha, NE  68138, about 15 minutes away from Mahoney State Park.  Link to their website

Baymont by Wyndham Omaha West

The Baymont by Wyndham Omaha West is located at 9595 S 145th St, Omaha, NE 68138.  It is 15 minutes from Mahoney State Park.  Link to their website.