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Public On-Site Event

Public Outreach

Private or 3rd Party

- On-site and outreach public events are FREE of charge and open to everyone. Click each for more info.

- 3rd Party Events may be open to the public but could have fees and/or registration. Click for info.

Special Projects and Group Visits

Large School Groups


In the future, once we have our observatory buildings and visitor center open, we will start hosting school group visits during the day for solar viewing and science activities and private evening star parties. Keep your eyes open here for more information.


Small Groups


If your small group (scouting, home school, science club, etc.) would like to visit the Branched Oak Observatory in the near future for a private star party or daytime solar viewing session, please contact us here to set up a date. There may be a nominal fee associated with the the visit that will be used for facility and program development.




Are you an astronomer, astronomy student, or astrophotographer looking for a safe, private, and convenient location to do your work? We would love to have you out at Branched Oak Observatory. Just let us know a minimum of two days ahead of your visit, and will have the area open for your use. There is no charge for this service. 

For wonderful weekly programming and Saturday hours all year, please visit our friends at Hyde Memorial Observatory located in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Holmes Lake Recreation Area.