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Observatory events in June

Summer is a wonderful time to take advantage of one of Kenwood’s treasures, the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

There is a lot going on this month. The first Night Sky Summer Presentations will be on June 15, 22, and 29, at 7:30 p.m., where you will learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. There are a total of six Night Sky classes. Single session fee is $23 if space allows. The entire six-class series costs $75.

These classes are designed for everyone from total beginners to experienced amateur observers. The focus is on learning to appreciate the night sky in a “geographic” sense, appreciating the solar system, spiral arm, Milky Way, and local galaxy cluster neighborhoods. Detailed informational handouts are provided.

Send an email to for pre-registration instructions. For more information, go to, or call 833-6979. Reservations are recommended.

Also this summer, you can combine your camping trip in Sugarloaf with some star gazing at the observatory. An RFO astronomer will provide sky interpretation and instruct your group on how to operate the telescopes. And, you can observe as late as you want! This offer is good for groups of up to 50 people.

In addition to the $111 charged by the observatory for use of the observatory facilities, the State Park System charges $111 for use of the Group Campground. Because it is adjacent to the observatory, the Group Campground must be reserved for private events.

To reserve, call Reserve America at 1-800-444-7275 or visit the Reserve America website at Be sure to reserve the Group Campground and not the family camp. You can also reserve by calling the observatory at 833-6979 and leaving a message.

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