Highland Road Park Observatory


The field trip outings to HRPO are entertaining and thrilling. They are part of our tradition of well-crafted and well-researched children’s programming—created out of a solid foundation in physical sciences, comprehensive professional astronomical support and a long-term knowledge base of amateur skygazing. Next Generation Science Standards apply and are given to the teacher.

Cost: $2.50/child (minimum charge $30.00).
There is an allowed maximum of sixty children per field trip; one chaperone per ten children is required. Any children over sixty are $5.00 each. Every chaperone the field trip is short is another $5.00.

Length of Field Trip:
One to two hours

Days Available:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays during winter, spring and fall
Field trips will not take place in 2016 between 30 May and 5 August.

Times Available:
HRPO works with the visiting organization to acquire the best time for their field trip. Field trips must start no earlier than 8:00 am and end no later than 4:00 pm.
Field trips must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. HRPO does not accept reservations more than three months in advance.

Cancellation Fee:
More than 72 hours beforehand, $0.00
Less than 72 hours beforehand, $15.00

Components of Field Trips:

A. Talk [choose one]

*The Sun and the Moon
Solar flares and sunspots, lunar craters and maria—it’s all here!
*A Trip to the Planets
An exciting journey to all major planets, from Mercury☿ to Neptune♆—and Pluto♇ too!
*American Space Exploration
Covers NASA’s fabled history, its future in sending people to space, and the amazing devices and technology that grew out of our space program!

B. Tour of Facility + Solar Viewing

C. Activity [choose one]

*UV beads + IR goggles
*sundial + outside testing (weather permitting)
If more than sixty children arrive the activity will not take place due to lack of consumables.

HRPO field trips can be adapted for any class or youth club, as well as for adult groups.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, December 18, 2015, 01:33 PM.