Outreach

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solarkidOutreach to the public is an integral part of NOVAC’s mission, as reflected in our motto “To Observe…And to Help Others Observe “. Over the years NOVAC club members have provided and facilitated numerous outreach efforts – all on a 100% volunteer basis. These range from our monthly public observing sessions, special events such as Astronomy Day and StarGaze, and private outreach events.

Some examples of private outreach events that have been staffed by volunteer NOVAC club members include:

  • Observing and educational sessions at elementary and middle schools
  • Assisting scout troops with the requirements for the Astronomy Belt Loop, Pin, and Badge
  • Observing and educational sessions at local campgrounds
  • Judging science fair competitions
  • Serving as a guest lecturer for high school science and astronomy classes

And many more!

Please fill out our outreach form to get started in planning your event.

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NOVAC Monthly Meetings

Don’t forget that our meetings, generally held at George Mason University on the second Sunday evening of each month (except when that Sunday is Mother’s Day), are open to the public.

NOVAC Public Events Calendar

Jun
19
Fri
2020
Great Meadow Public Night – Cancelled @ Great Meadow
Jun 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Great Meadow Public Night - Cancelled @ Great Meadow

Cancelled due to COVID

See front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event.

More information about Great Meadow including directions and parking visit the Great Meadow Site page.

Jun
20
Sat
2020
Astronomy Festival on the National Mall – Cancelled @ National Mall, Washington, DC
Jun 20 all-day
Astronomy Festival on the National Mall - Cancelled @ National Mall, Washington, DC

This event has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID.

The Astronomy Festival on the National Mall is the largest annual astronomy outreach event in the United States and will take place on the National Mall between 3rd and 4th streets on Sat.  June 20, 2020.

C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Jul
17
Fri
2020
Great Meadow Public Night @ Great Meadow
Jul 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Great Meadow Public Night @ Great Meadow

See front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event.

More information about Great Meadow including directions and parking visit the Great Meadow Site page.

Jul
25
Sat
2020
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Aug
21
Fri
2020
Great Meadow Public Night @ Great Meadow
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Great Meadow Public Night @ Great Meadow

See front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event.

More information about Great Meadow including directions and parking visit the Great Meadow Site page.

Aug
22
Sat
2020
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Sep
17
Thu
2020
Great Meadow Public Night @ Great Meadow
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Great Meadow Public Night @ Great Meadow

See front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event.

More information about Great Meadow including directions and parking visit the Great Meadow Site page.

Sep
19
Sat
2020
Star Gaze @ C.M. Crockett Park
Sep 19 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

 

Other Events can be found on Astronomy in DC!

The following opportunities are sponsored by other organizations and schools in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

The Analemma Society
Sponsors public observing every Friday at Observatory Park, near the village of Great Falls, Virginia.

The Astronomy Dept. of the University of Maryland
Holds a public lecture followed by informal observing at the observatory in College Park, Maryland the 5th and 20th of each month.

The Montgomery College Planetarium
Has one or two programs each month, and special programs can be arranged.