Hyde Observatory Volunteer Opportunities
Since Hyde Observatory opened, the public has been coming not only to view the skies through the telescopes but to learn more about space and astronomy from the volunteers staffing the facility. Many volunteers are people that have an interest in the night sky and a desire and willingness to share with others.
Being a Hyde volunteer is a commitment to fun and learning. A desire to learn and to share is what it takes to be a great volunteer, not a PhD in Astronomy. Many of our volunteers admittedly knew very little when they first started. Others knew a lot. Together, new and old become a team that makes the sky come alive for all visitors, from first-timers to those who come on a regular basis.
Each volunteer is a member of the Prairie Astronomy Club, which in itself is a wonderful experience. Throughout the year classes are held to help new volunteers become familiar with procedures and operation of the equipment. The real training takes place on Saturday evenings. New volunteers are scheduled with an experienced partner as their guide through the night sky. No one knows it all, and one can hear a request for assistance from as many experienced volunteers as new ones. It is all part of the fun.
Hyde Observatory is open every Saturday night except major holidays. It is also open occasionally for celestial events or special showings. Volunteers are scheduled to work as needed, usually only one Saturday night a month.
Hyde Observatory Hours:
- January – March (until DST): 7 – 10 p.m.
- March (starting DST) – August: sundown – 11 p.m.
- September: 8 – 11 p.m.
- October – December: 7 – 10 p.m.
For additional information about volunteering at Hyde Observatory come out any Saturday evening and talk to the deck volunteers or the Supervisor, attend a Prairie Astronomy Club meeting at 7:30 on the last Tuesday of the month.
Join in the excitement and help build the tradition of public observing and education that is the legacy of Hyde Observatory!