Outreach Star Parties
- Last Updated on 21 April 2012
The Los Angeles Astronomical Society's Outreach program is a critical element in the LAAS's goals to bring the joy of astronomy to the public at large. Outreach programs usually involve local schools but sometimes includes local adult groups. This is basically a public star party for a small group of people. These programs consist of members of the LAAS bringing their scopes to a specified site at a specific time to show a group of people the stars. These gatherings are always appreciated by the participants and there are many letters of thanks on file.
If you are a local school or organization:
The Outreach program is provided free of charge by LAAS. If you are interested in having LAAS come to your location and provide a tour of the sky or an introduction to Astronomy, please complete the Outreach Request form found by following this link: Los Angeles Astronomical Society: Request an Event - Night Sky Network
Teachers and schools are especially encouraged to participate in this program. Click the "Outreach Star Party Planning" link on the left for detailed information about how to plan for a successful outreach star party.
If you are an LAAS member:
Members of the LAAS are always needed to bring themselves and scopes to these events. However, if you cannot bring a scope, that is OK as people who do bring scopes often need a break from the scope either to explain things to a group of people or deal with administrative matters. Please contact the Outreach Coordinator, Don Degregori and let him know if you are interested in this volunteer work. These events happen often and all over LA. If Don knows where you live, he can contact you about programs that are in your area so that you don't have to drive far to get there. These events give you, the LAAS member, a great opportunity to interact with other members of the Society as well as an eager public, thirsting for knowledge of Astronomy.