Jackson County middle and high school students can take advantage of one the state’s most high-tech telescopes and learn astronomy from experienced teachers and university researchers during Astronomy Camp on June 30 – July 3 at Camp McGregor.
Astronomy Camp is an overnight camp where participants are guided through activities and learn about constellations, sunspots, astrophotography, variable stars, and more. The deadline for registration is May 31.
Campers will use computerized telescopes, a CCD camera, solar filters, computers and other equipment at the Camp McGregor Observatory. Various astronomy experts will be present to make presentations about current research in astronomy.
Like true astronomers, campers work on projects at night and sleep late during the day.
The camp will be held at Camp McGregor located in the south-central portion of Jackson County (10380 Adams Road, Clarklake, 49234) on Crispell Lake. Camp begins at 2:00 p.m. on June 30 and finishes at 12:00 p.m. on July 3.
Parents are encouraged to attend presentations the first day of camp from 2:00-4:00pm at the Hurst Planetarium at the Ella Sharp Museum, and the final day at 10:30am at Camp McGregor.
Free community observing nights at Camp McGregor are held the third Friday and Saturday of every month from April to November. The weekend of May 17-18 is an ideal chance to check out the camp facilities before you attend.
There is a fee of $75.00 to cover the cost of meals and lodging. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. Go to www.jcisd.org for more information and application forms.