Outreach Page




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The Platte Valley Astronomical Observers and Honey Creek Observatory has conducted several public outreach events for schools, libraries, groups, and communities.   We thoroughly enjoy sharing our hobby with the public and wish to continue this program.  Sharing our equipment and the night sky helps educate the public about light pollution, which is becoming more of a problem in Central Nebraska - robbing us of a wonderful natural resource!  We have an opportunity to make our communities and driving conditions more safe while being able to pass on the legacy of dark Nebraska skies to our youth.  For more information on Light Pollution visit the Honey Creek Observatory site.

Neither the PVAO or Honey Creek Observatory wishes to make a profit from our outreach activities.  However, with the price of gas, it can be expensive to drive to various locations for the programs we offer.  If you would consider a stipend to help us break even with fuel, meals, and in some cases lodging expenses associated with requested programs - we would appreciate it!  We will not turn down your request if you can't afford a stipend.  There will be some limits of availability based on the schedules of our members.  If you want an outreach program for your group, feel free to contact any officer of the PVAO with questions!

Here is a List of Upcoming Outreach Events the PVAO and Honey Creek Observatory Will Be Participating In:

June 19 - Sherman Ranch for Youth Naturalist Program (Prairie Plains Resource Institute)
Located near Marquette, Sherman is a nice prairie preserve, and this program consists of a very small and interested group of middle-school kids.

June 20 - Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon NE
Observing for a kids' camp

June 27 - Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon NE
Same as above, but different kids

July 6 - Bader Park
Beautiful park near Chapman and would make a great overnight for campers.

July 20 - Cozad
Through public library. Bob Runyan is contact.  8:30 PM at the high school football field

August 11 - Planets, Perseids and Prairie at Gjerloff Prairie (Prairie Plains Resource Institute)
Saturday night, Perseid meteor shower peak, New Moon, the three best planets available to view, including Mars near opposition. Doesn't get any better. Food and music may also be part of this event. Working on details. Gjerloff is located west of Marquette and not far from Sherman Ranch.


Cozad Public Observing - July 20, 2018

Photos Of Previous Outreach Events


Mark Urwiller - Web Page Administrator
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