Observatory Mission

Our mission is to nurture and promote the experiential appreciation and understanding of our universe by cultivating a quality learning observatory facility for earth and space science education and research.

Observatory Vision

The vision of Charles and Kathryn Heide is to develop the Schoolyard Observatory as a premier destination for night sky observing in southeastern Wisconsin. We strive to make the sky accessible to everyone by providing open observing opportunities and preserving our dark sky location. We aspire to provide inspirational educational programs for all ages through partnerships with local organizations, and to enhance undergraduate research opportunities in astronomy and related fields through collaboration with institutions of higher education.