Outreach Opportunities

Outreach Opportunities

The Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. (CFAS) a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded to increase public awareness of astronomy and astronomy-related issues such as light pollution, scientific inquiry and NASA astronomical missions.

As a not-for-profit institution founded for community education, we have a number of outreach programs aimed at the Central Florida community. We participate in the NASA Night Sky Network making presentations at our general meetings, outreach events and elsewhere in the community. Our members volunteer time at astronomy events sponsored by local schools, scout groups and other youth and community organizations providing telescopes, presentations and expertise to local youth and teachers.

Request CFAS Participation

If you'd like to request an astronomy activity from CFAS, please contact : Education and Public Outreach Chair mcconvillem@seminolestate.edu
We do request that you guarantee at least 10 (ten) attendees, and give us at least 45 days notice of the event.

Volunteer for an Event

When volunteering for an event, unless a time is specified below, please plan to arrive with sufficient time to set up before sunset.

If you are available to volunteer for any of these events, please contact  mcconvillem@seminolestate.edu or reply on the CFAS Outreach forum.

Photos from past EPO events

To see photos of past Education and Public Outreach Events check out the Outreach album in our Gallery.

2018 Outreach Opportunities

Trotwood Park Astronomy Night (recurring)



















Telescope Thursdays: Cranes Roost Park
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
Event: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Setup begins: 4 p.m.
Expected visitors: 500+
Volunteers needed: 8-12
Notes: Major end-of-year outreach event taking place at the Cranes Roost Park clock tower off of Festival Drive.

Coffee & Cosmos
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018
Starbucks on International Parkway, Heathrow
Event: 7-9:30 p.m.
Setup begins: 6 p.m.
Expected visitors: <100
Volunteers needed: 1-2

Canaveral National Seashore Star Party
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Canaveral National Seashore, Apollo Beach Visitor Center, New Smyrna Beach
Event: 5-11 p.m.
Setup begins: 4:30 p.m.
Expected visitors: 50-100
Volunteers needed: no volunteers -- CFAS-sponsored observing event

Solar Observing at Seminole State
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Seminole State College, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Buildings A & UP
Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Setup begins: 9:30 a.m.
Expected visitors: 200-300
Volunteers needed: 1-2

Telescope Thursdays: Oviedo Star Party
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Seminole State College, Oviedo Campus, Clock Tower Green
Event: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Setup begins: 5 p.m.
Expected visitors: 200-300
Volunteers needed: 4-5
Notes: Seminole State/CFAS mini star party for Oviedo and eastern Seminole County

Princeton Moon Party
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
Princeton Elementary School, Orlando
Event: 6-9 p.m.
Setup begins: 5 p.m.
Expected visitors: 300+ (students and parents)
Volunteers needed: 3-5

Winter Sky Festival
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
Seminole State College, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Building B
Event: 5-11 p.m.
Setup begins: 3 p.m.
Expected visitors: 3,500-4,500
Volunteers needed: 18-24
Notes: The biggest observing event of the season. All available volunteers requested.

NASA Night Sky Network

CFAS was accepted into the NASA Night Sky Network (NNSN) early in 2004. As a member of the network, we have renewed our commitment to community outreach. Members of NNSN receive materials that facilitate instruction of particular concepts and NASA programs. In return for these materials, NASA expects its NNSN members to perform and report upon outreach events using the materials it supplied. Events are easy to present and report back to NASA. An event need only consist of a few participants and need not be publicized in advance. Examples of events may include: a docent at Orlando Science Center presenting a 15-minute event on how extra-solar planets are found or a series of presentations at the Harmony Dark Sky Festival, UCF Public Viewing nights or AstroFest. The teaching material is engaging and easy to present. A short video is provided in each package explaining the program expectations and how to host an event.

For a list of NNSN Tool Kits and to find out how to get involved Visit our NNSN Page.

Information about the NASA Night Sky Network can be obtained at their website: http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/.

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