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Science Programs & Events

Nov
28
2020
Science Academy

Under the guidance of HRPO Education Curator Amy Northrop, Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy—at their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth? and the Moon, asteroids and comets, the electromagnetic spectrum and the American space program.

Ages: 8-12

Nov
28
2020
Plus Nights

Periodically, HRPO gives something extra to visitors in addition to standard viewing: a sky tour, physical science demonstrations, filtered lunar trips, “birth” stars and a marshmallow roast.

Dec
4
2020
Friday Night Lecture Series

Originating years ago as a weekly outdoor presentation, HRPO’s cornerstone program—now indoors—provides free, entertaining and intelligent science talks to the citizens of the Baton Rouge area. Perennially favorite speakers and topics are interspersed through the calendar year with surprising new guests and new concepts. No expertise in the physical sciences is required.

Dec
4
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

Dec
5
2020
Green Force Volunteer Training

Come join our Volunteer Green Force and help us make a greener, healthier East Baton Rouge Parish! We are looking for individuals who are interested in being trained in conservation management and educational outreach and are able to work with us throughout the year. Perks include spending time outside, creating a healthier environment, t-shirts, water bottles, and tax breaks!

Ages: 18+

Dec
5
2020
Science Academy

Under the guidance of HRPO Education Curator Amy Northrop, Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy—at their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth? and the Moon, asteroids and comets, the electromagnetic spectrum and the American space program.

Ages: 8-12

Dec
5
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

Dec
11
2020
Friday Night Lecture Series

Originating years ago as a weekly outdoor presentation, HRPO’s cornerstone program—now indoors—provides free, entertaining and intelligent science talks to the citizens of the Baton Rouge area. Perennially favorite speakers and topics are interspersed through the calendar year with surprising new guests and new concepts. No expertise in the physical sciences is required.

Dec
11
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

Dec
12
2020
Woods Walk: Blackwater

Satisfy your curiosity about the trees you see at BREC Parks and your wonder about the animals that call BREC Conservation Areas home. Join a BREC Naturalist for on the Wood’s Walk Hiking Series and pick their brain about a broad range of topics. Each hike in the series will dive into different topics connected to these unique sites in East Baton Rouge Parish. Come to one or multiple hikes in the series to indulge in the great outdoors. Preregistration is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dec
12
2020
Science Academy

Under the guidance of HRPO Education Curator Amy Northrop, Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy—at their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth? and the Moon, asteroids and comets, the electromagnetic spectrum and the American space program.

Ages: 8-12

Dec
12
2020
Solar Viewing

Weather permitting on selected Saturdays, HRPO staff shows the Sun in three manners—projected onto a white surface, directly via safely-filtered optical light and directly with a hydrogen-alpha telescope.

Dec
12
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

Dec
13
2020
Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminids are one of the major meteor showers of the year—the only one caused by an asteroid.

Dec
18
2020
Solstice Nature Night Hike

Come for a night hike and learn about the longest night of the year. Learn about how the sun has a continuous impact on the ecosystem, why seasons are important to our native habitats, and how our place in the solar system and in space has such an impact on everything that happens on Earth. Enjoy the hike followed by hot chocolate and opportunities to explore the stars at the Observatory!

Dec
19
2020
STEM Expansion

This program offers advanced demonstrations, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. Certificates will be earned, and a section of archived experiments, some not seen in over fifteen years (and some never performed on site), take place. Engineering, early NASA missions and astrobiology are some of the programmed topics.

Ages: 12-16

Dec
19
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

 
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