As part of our mission, we want to inform, educate and inspire the general public and support teaching in the sciences of astronomy and physics. To this end, we maintain a nicely heated classroom where we host schools, scouts, civic groups, exchange students, the general public and all others who come to the observatory. Groups can use our contact form to obtain more information. Use our event calendar to learn about lectures by educators, scientists, astronomy & space professionals, as well as observatory members — which are open to the public.
Kennedy Temple School group
Cub Scouts visit the observatory
Thank you and your group for havung us. We would like to come back when we can see the awesome stars.
Our classroom evolution
Some views of our old cramped classroom along with pictures of our current (heated!) larger classroom. Much progress has been made with more to come…
Believe it or not this old classroom view was completely upgraded from what we were bequeathed when we took possession of the observatory. The room was full of junk to nearly the ceiling. There was no lighting, The floor had to be painted to match the two different colored carpets. I built the media wall and painted the multi colored paneled walls and ceiling. Believe it or not we were able to seat nearly 40 people in this room during a program with the remaining guests standing outside with the windows open trying to take in a lecture. This situation had taken place many times over the years. It was all we had and it didn’t change until Dr. Kohl donated his observatory, after a careful decision, to the [then] Martz Observatory, which he had been a member for many years and this was after I donated the 24 inch to the observatory after having been lucky enough to have had Brian Ceci, a master fabricator and mechanic join to become involved in completing the mountingRecollection from our Historian, Richard Carlson