An Evening with the Celestials


Come enjoy a night of star gazing and telescope viewing at Hawthorn Hollow’s Schoolyard Observatory. 


Monthly Observatory Open Houses. 

A variety of telescopes will be on hand with volunteers to guide you in seeing the night’s brightest objects. You are also welcome to bring your own binoculars or telescopes. Free Family/Adult event (weather permitting). Questions? Feel free to email:

NOTE: All 2020 open houses are tentative due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check Observatory Events for updates.

Observatory Open House Dates 2020

All Saturdays / Times Vary

January 25th  6pm-10pm
February 29th  7pm-11pm
March 28th  8pm-12am
April 18th  8:30pm-12:30am
May 2nd  8:30pm-12:30pm (Spring Astronomy Day)
May  24th  9pm-1am
June 27th  11am-1pm (Daytime Open House)
July 25th  9pm-1am
August 22nd  9pm-1am
September 26th  Noon-3pm (Solar Saturday)
October 24th  7pm-11pm
November  21th  6pm-10pm
December 12th  6pm-10pm (Geminid Open House)

(Weather cancellations made the night before on Twitter & in the Facebook event).

Other Programs

 The observatory hosts daytime and nighttime field trips & classes, scout merit badge workshops as well as star parties. Please send inquiries or requests for events to:

The Observatory Telescope

The Charles and Kathryn Heide Schoolyard Observatory at Hawthorn Hollow features a Meade LX200 – ACF 16″ telescope on an Alt-Az mount in an automated dome as well as two mounts for smaller telescopes outside the dome.