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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. If the visiting organization is one chaperone short there will be an additional $15.00 charge. The field trip will not occur if the visiting organization is two chaperones short.

Length of Field Trip:
ninety minutes to two hours

Days Available:
Mondays through Thursdays
Field trips will not take place in 2022 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]

B. Tour of Facility + Solar Viewing

C. Activity [choose one]

If more than sixty children arrive the activity will not take place due to lack of consumables.

D. Physical Science Demonstration

During the setup phase, personnel will present the arranger with three physical science demos along with science principle covered for each. The arranger chooses one of the three.

HRPO field trips can be adapted for any class or youth club, as well as for adult groups. We hope to see your group here soon!

HRPO Field Trip Policy 2021 PDF

Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, October 7, 2021, 11:00 AM.

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