Taylor Observatory's Mission -To instill the love of science and astronomy in the students of Lake County through programs, field trips and onsite involvement. Contact the coordinator for details of the following programs.
High School Community Service is a year round program that trains high school students to lead in hands-on activities at the Observatory. Participants in the program benefit from exposure to current technology, from sharing and implementing their own ideas, accepting responsibility, and from receiving encouragement by program staff to take on leadership roles in activities. Students learn what it takes to operate the Observatory and Planetarium. They present planetarium shows, operate telescopes for evening viewing, participate in night sky discussions during our public events and assist staff during our summer camps.
Future Astronomers Program is a county wide telescope award contest for students in the 4th through 10th grades, sponsored by the Friends of Taylor Observatory. Students write an essay describing their interest in astronomy and how a telescope will enhance that interest. To really enjoy and understand their telescope, winners participate in classes at the Observatory and are invited to participate in Star Parties at the Observatory and their schools.
The contest was inspired by a similar contest, Striking Sparks, presented by the Sonoma Astronomical Society.
Summer Camps have been developed with California Standards in mind. The Junior Astro Camp-Grades 4-6, explore the solar system. The Youth Astro Camp-Grades 7-9, focuses on the night sky and the tools of the astronomer and will learn about optics while building a telescope. The High School Astro Camp-Grades 10-12, will learn about advanced tools of the astronomer while they explore the universe.