MSAS Astronomy Village
Unlocking the secrets of the Universe!
Home of Mountain Skies Astronomical Society
A California Non-profit Public Benefit Corporation.
We have proudly presented at/for:
The Girl Scouts of America
Chamber of Commerce
Rotary Clubs International
American Association of University Women
Senior Citizen Groups
Elderhostels (click HERE)
John Hopkins University
California State University at San Bernardino
Kitt Peak Observatory
University of Redlands
Math and Science Conventions
Special Public Events
Boys and Girls Clubs
Parks & Recreation Programs
Early 1999 witnessed the birth of the MSAS Astronomy Village at the MSAS site, located west of Rim of the World High School. The new buildings house an educational planetarium, workshop and instructional space, MSAS lender library, office and demonstration area and Star Gazer's Gift Shop. StarWatches occur at the site with the addition of a unique outdoor projection screen to accomplish an evening astral slide show. Built with a gabled roof line, handicap access, and the charm of a "learning" village, the facility affords the unique opportunity to understand the sciences in a non-institutional environment.
In September of 2000 MSAS proudly announced another birth, the ultimate state-of-the-art teaching tool, the magnificant Robert Brownlee Observatory.
MSAS offers Educational Programs
The MSAS educational program is designed for teachers, students (grades K-12), the general public and civic groups. It is implemented at the MSAS Astronomy Village in Lake Arrowhead, California. Programs are presented by instructors that are trained, knowledgeable MSAS volunteer personnel of diverse backgrounds, who include professional astronomers, amateur astronomers, administrators and educators.
The purpose of the program is to provide a pragmatic approach to science understanding by promoting awareness among teachers, students and the general public to embrace the daily and future benefits of science. Astronomy and space exploration are used to depict the multi-faceted aspects of the sciences, because they encompass all the disciplines, i.e. chemistry, biology, physics. Lectures are enthusiastically presented with a visual component followed by a touchable science format. Each program topic has been evaluated for its pragmatic and inspirational impact.
Our many programs are provided to MSAS members (i.e. classroom, school, business) only. Additionally a minimal fee is charged (see program fees below) allowing MSAS to maintain and expand our resources for program continuance. If you are not currently a member, you will find membership information included in this packet. You can join and submit your request for a program at the same time.
Please review the next pages of materials to find out how you can participate in our unique science programs held in a spectacular setting on mountain terrain with breathtaking vistas stretching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Schedule your classroom, civic group, or summer camp today. Tell your friends the MSAS Astronomy Village is open and accepting reservations NOW!
Gift Shop open 11 am- 2 pm every Friday.
Open for ticket sales: 11 am - 2 pm - Fri. & Sat.
on SKY QUEST Program weekend.
Office hours vary, please call for more information
Are you interested in why stars twinkle or why the Moon wanes and waxes?
Have you held a real space alien in your hand called a meteorite?
Do you have a telescope and wish to learn how to find something with it?
Would you like to know about current space exploration and discoveries?
The MSAS Astronomy Village activities and resources can provide you with understandable answers to these and many other questions with:
Greatly expanded lender library; books, videos, scientific journals, telescopes, microscopes, telescope kits, solar demo kits, spectrometer kits, solar filters, bubble planetarium/classroom, plus...
Teacher resources (for public classrooms and home schoolers); hands-on projects and grade level developed lesson plans with suggested curriculum, scheduled teacher in-service astronomy, stellar navigation...
Tools of science application; Solar beam projector, take-a-part telescope, Solar System models, Solar/Lunar eclipse tools, remote controlled scaled Sojourner models, telemetry application, meteorite impacts, "sand box" science, scaled Solar System, plus...
Additional benefits, resources and activities; optical observatory, planetarium shows, StarWatches, sky maps, scheduled presentations, workshops and guest speakers, outdoor slide shows, quarterly newsletter called "Stellar Matters", meteorite collections to include the famous Mars rocks and authentic Stonehenge rocks from England, space stations, Apollo display models, signed astronaut photos with biographies (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, Skylab), even our very own key and American flag that have been flown in space onboard the Space Shuttle. Did we mention we also have real Space Shuttle tiles to share with you?
24 hour Star Gazer's Sky Report 909-336-1299; a source for night sky information, planet location, new discoveries, comets, asteroids, meteor showers and MSAS events.
You can join today and become a member of Mountain Skies Astronomical Society and enjoy all these exciting benefits, resources and activities, or
"wish upon a star" that you had!
For more information and admission price
MSAS Membership information
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