We remain CLOSED for K-12 tours and private events due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19. Currently, we're serving our internal campus community with scheduled classes in the observatory.
K-12 School Field Trips
Join us for a field trip at the Observatory!
While we primarily provide observational experiences and hands-on training for CU students, we are passionate about inspiring K-12 students through STEM educational experiences.
Our daytime field trips and tours last 45-60 minutes. During the tour we demonstrate our 24-inch Boiler & Chivens and two 20-inch Planewave telescopes, as well as our solar telescopes. In addition, we have a heliostat and many other exhibits. We can also provide hands-on astronomy activities and labs.
Field trips can be scheduled throughout the year. To make your field trip even more impactful, consider visiting Fiske Planetarium afterwards, see their K-12 Education page for more info.
We can also offer nighttime field trips depending on our availability and CU schedule (please note: CU classes using the observatory for research receive priority).
If you're interested in scheduling a field trip, please complete our request form.
Specialized Tours for Private Groups or Organizations
Looking for something unique and inspirational to do? Host a birthday party, retirement celebration, or corporate event at the Observatory!
Spend an evening learning about astronomical topics and taking a guided tour of the skies with our experienced staff. Contact us in advance as our availability is limited when CU classes are in session.
If you're interested in scheduling a special event or private tour, please contact Carla Johns, Outreach and Tour Coordinator or complete the request form.