The motto of the Columbus Astronomical Society is:
“Sharing the Universe Since 1947”
As such, one of our main activites is particpating in and hosting public outreach and observing programs for members of the public. Throughout the year, there are many opportunties for members to contribute by sharing views through their own, or borrowed telescopes, giving lectures and assisting in other ways.
Friday Night Programs at Perkins Observatory
Throughout most of the year, on Friday evenings, Perkins Observatory conducts public observing programs and tours of the facility for paying members of the public. CAS members have long assisted in these programs by sharing views through their telescopes (or those borrowed from the Perkins Collection), giving tours of the observatory, managing parking, and acting as a “docent”.
Interested members may show up to help on scheduled program nights. For more information contact Perkins director Don Stevens here: https://www.owu.edu/about/offices-services-directory/perkins-observatory/directions-contact-us/
CAS Public Outreach Programs
The CAS plans and conducts a wide array of programs beyond Perkins Observatory. These range from public observing programs- such as the annual Night Under the Stars event near McConnellsville, sponsored by AEP- or the daytime Highbanks Festival- where members of the CAS share views of the sun with visitors to that park. CAS members have visited schools, libraries, and, on occasion, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in downtown Columbus.
CAS is always looking for enthusiastic members to help conceive of, plan, conduct and take part in these programs. If you have an idea, or would like to know how to help, contact the CAS Outreach Coordinator at: [email protected]
The John Glenn Astronomy Park
The John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP) was created with public outreach in mind. On clear Friday and Saturday nights, from March through early November, JGAP hosts observing programs for visitors to the Hocking Hills State Park. Members of the CAS are welcome to assist in these very popular programs by pointing a telescope, managing parking, taking care of the facility, or answering questions for members of the public.
One benefit of helping out at JGAP is that volunteers do not need to secure a parking permit on program nights.
If you would like to become a volunteer, please write an email to: [email protected]