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Highland Road Park Observatory

2020 Summer Camp


HRPO Summer Camp (formerly known as Stargazers Camp) is Baton Rouge’s original astronomy-oriented day camp. For over twenty years it has been fostering the innate interest children have in space and physics. HRPO Summer Camp might not create future athletes—but it just might create future astronomers, engineers and astronauts! For one week, children are immersed in the fascinating world of astronomy and space science. They have the opportunity to learn about planets, moons, comets, asteroids and craters. They will also enjoy hands-on activities; every year new activities are introduced and scheduled alongside old favorites! NOTE: HRPO Summer Camp is very popular, and the popularity of the advanced sessions will increase due to the introduction of themed-weeks. Early registration is strongly recommended.


AstroStarters: This in the introductory session. Here, children first experience the concepts of enormous distances and incredibly lengthy time periods. They begin to learn the characteristics of different planets and moons, and prepare themselves for the higher-level sessions. NOTE: This is an educational camp. There will be no nap time.

AstroPros: This is the workhorse session, for those children who are just starting to reach the age of more independent study. This age range occupies the lion’s share of each summer as a high percentage of them are both just starting in the skygazing hobby and continuing an interest obtained years earlier. At the end of this week parents receive a listing of other programs specifically designed for eight- to ten-year-olds.

Forces of Nature Explorers: This one-week-only session focuses on the four forces of nature—the weak nuclear force, the strong nuclear force, gravity and the electromagnetic spectrum (gamma rays, x-rays, ultraviolet, color, infrared, microwaves and radio). Campers will investigate the spacecraft and instruments studying these forces, perform indoor and outdoor experiments demonstrating the presence of these forces in our lives and build basic devices connected to these inquiry! There will be special guests throughout the week to explain the process for obtaining an Amateur Radio Service license. [The Saturday following this week is ARRL Field Day. Registrants will receive a special prize if they attend.]

Lunar Explorers: This one-week-only session focuses on the accomplishments! There will be simulated moondust, overviews of transcripts and audio from actual Moon landings, and previews of actual human beings headed back to the Moon, then on the Mars♂… [During this week the Moon is a waxing gibbous. Campers will receive special prizes for performing lunar observations]


ASTROSTARTERS: for ages six and seven

ASTROPROS: for ages eight to ten

FORCES OF NATURE EXPLORERS: for eleven to thirteen

LUNAR EXPLORERS: for eleven to thirteen



$125.00 per in-parish child / $150.00 per out-of-parish child


In-parish registration: TBA.
Out-of-parish registration: TBA.
Registration can be accepted via three routes…
*online using
*in-person at HRPO
*postal mail [not recommended unless other two routes are not an option]

Intermediate Class
Advanced Class

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 05:24 PM.

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