In memory to our selfless founder, Vic Winter, StarGarden is building the Vic Winter Memorial Astronomy Park. Built at the ICSTARS Ranch, sharing grounds with the Charles Douglas Memorial Observatory, the park will offer interactive outdoor exhibits designed to engage children in a hands (or body) on exploration of both daytime and nigthtime astronomy. Our first exhibit will be the Megalithic Sundial, featuring a gnomen 1ft by 4ft by 9 ft; a feature depicted in the movie 2001 A Space Odessey as a sign of intelligence representing sequential square numbers. The shadow cast by the monolith will stretch across 180 feet of hillside where visitors will be able to tell time and day of the year. A new exhibit will be built each year until the park is complete.
The star party is held every year, usually in either September or October, on the grounds of the ICStars Ranch Complex. The star party is meant to be family orientated. Daytime activites include Solar workshops, Beginning Astronomy, Observing Techniques, Telescope Colmination & More. Special Expanded Kids Activities including planet making workshops, fossil hunting, hayrides and more!
StarGarden Foundation is proud to announce the preliminary design and construction of a new educational center. The classroom will be available for programs during the monthly public nights at the observatory, visiting school groups, teacher workshops, and private groups reserving the observatory for their own use. The center will be complimented with a full line of audio/visual equipment, an extensive astronomical library, and seating for forty people. Donations are being sought for completion of the center by late summer. Those making donations of $500 or more will have their name placed on a plaque located within the facility in appreciation of their support.
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