Highland Road Park Observatory

All Parks | Special Use Facility

The Highland Road Park Observatory, brought to the public by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society,  is located on the south side of BREC's Highland Road Park.  The observatory houses a state-of-the-art 20-inch reflecting telescope, which has been used to discover over 50 asteroids, and an all accessible 16-inch reflecting telescope.

Programs
Saturday Science Academy Under the guidance of the observatory's Education Curator Craig Brendan, children will view a brief presentation and then engage in hands-on demonstrations and experiments related to the subject covered such as magneticism, buoyancy, optics, balloons, helicopters, submarines, homemade comets and homemade volcanoes. It's all here for the kid who can not get enough of science.

Friday Night Lecture Series
The observatory is proud to continue its long-running, free Lecture Series focusing on astronomy and its peripherals. With a variety of presenters, this series gives stunning and entertaining overviews of the planets and stars, stargazing techniques, physics, NASA missions, space technology and other divisions of the science that is truly universal.

Evening Sky Viewing
Two nights a week, the professional telescopes at the observatory are unlocked (weather permitting) to showcase the Baton Rouge sky in all its glory. Friday nights are reserved for the adult crowd, including those who just experienced our lecture series, and want to see perhaps some of the principles heard put into practice. Saturday night is family night with children of all ages experiencing the moon, planets, stellar clusters and nebulae. A marshmallow roast and small demonstrations introducing families to Science Academy take place simultaneously. 

Solar Viewing
Our parent star takes the stage during this time. Visitors are able to see, with their own eyes, any sizable sunspots or flares occuring. Free literature on solar power and UV proctection and free (while supplies last) sunscreen are available. The observatory often opens its doors for celestial events such as eclipses or meteor showers; groups are invited to schedule a field trip or inquire about our summer Traveling Telescope Program, Stargazers Summer Camp or Get In Motion! Summer Camp. For more information about programs and events, contact Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, at 225-768-9948, visit our website or email at observatory@brec.org

Walking Trails
The walking trail offers a place where individuals, university classes, scout groups, classroom children, and families can enjoy an educational hike through a lovely bottomland hardwood forest. The trail is divided into two paths, Semita Major (big path) and Semita Minor (little path). Trail visitors can expect about a mile of hiking path between the two, highlighting the plant species that inhabit the area. 

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Stargazers Summer Day Camp

 

For more information about this park, please contact:
Phone: 225-768-9948
Fax: 225-766-3539
Website

 

Location:

13800 Highland Road

Hours:

Tues.-Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri.: 3-10 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6-10 p.m. Sun. and Mon.: closed

Admission:

Generally free, some programs have a small fee.

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