Rose City Astronomers
promotes the education of astronomy and the exploration of the night
sky through our public outreach programs.
Star Parties and
events for the general public
In partnership with OMSI,
we provide public star parties many times a year at Rooster
Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park. RCA volunteers
enthusiastically share their telescopes and knowledge of the night sky
with all who are interested. In addition to our public star parties we
hold an information fair annually and astronomy day events at OMSI one or two
times a year. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any, some
or all of our
Public star parties or events.
We also open the
Haggart Observatory on the Clackamas Community College campus
once a month for public viewing nights. Our monthly meetings are also
open to the public free of charge.
for groups and organizations
We provide several types
of outreach; public star parties, events open to anyone interested in
astronomy, and outreach programs for individual groups and
organizations (e.g. schools, churches, scout troops,
etc.) at your location.
All of our outreach to
non-profit organizations is
provided by RCA volunteers at no cost and no speakers or volunteers are paid.
(For commercial companies a voluntary donation is
gratefully accepted and are tax deductable)
Because we are all
volunteers we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your
RCA encourages groups and
organizations to contact us for outreach programs. We can provide
evening observing sessions, daytime solar viewing, classroom
presentations and hands-on educational activities all at your
location. If your group is interested in scheduling an outreach event
or would like more information, please contact
Jim Higgs, our VP of
Community Affairs. He will work with you to plan your event and recruit volunteers.
you would like an event on a specific date, it is recommended that you
contact is at least 2 months in advance of your date. Less time is
needed if you are flexible on the dates and some events, such as
daytime solar viewing, can be done with shorter notice.
Because we are all
volunteers we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to honor
your request. So please contact us early with your requests.
Also, be aware of the
hours of darkness as it is hard to view the stars when the sun is up
or within an hour or so after it sets. Check our calendar for sunset