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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
2016 Outreach Opportunities
Telescope Thursdays: Baldwin Park
--When: Sept. 15 (Thursday), 7-10 p.m.
--Where: Harbor Park at Lake Baldwin (Orlando)
--Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/169380666765780/
Description: Public telescope outreach. Expecting 300-500 people over course of the event. Setup begins at 6 p.m.
Science Night Live!
--When: Sept. 17 (Saturday), 6 p.m.-midnight
--Where: Orlando Science Center SunTrust Terrace (Orlando)
--Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/631566577025909/
Description: Public telescope outreach. OSC expects more than 1,500 visitors – likely 500-600 on terrace during event. Setup begins at 5 p.m. Looking for at least six telescopes.
Oakland Nature Preserve Star Party
--When: Oct. 8 (Saturday), 6:30-10 p.m. (telescopes from 8-10 p.m.)
--Where: Oakland Nature Preserve (Oakland, Fla.)
--Event Page: http://www.oaktownusa.com/Pages/Preserve/index
Description: Public telescope outreach. Event is first of its kind at Oakland Nature Preserve – looking to become a darker-sky site for CFAS and outreach events. Includes astronomy presentation from 6:30-8 p.m. Occurring on “International Observe the Moon Night”. Expecting 100-150 visitors. Setup begins at 5:30 p.m.
Trotwood Park Astronomy Night (recurring)
--When: Oct. 8, Nov. 12 (7 p.m.-midnight), Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 18 (6 p.m.-midnight) (all Saturdays)
--Where: Trotwood Park (Winter Springs)
--Event Page: none currently
Description: CFAS’ first “urban/suburban” observing site. Will be available one Saturday per month for casual observing. Likely to have some residents and community members attending, so possible outreach opportunity as well. Setup begins 30 minutes prior to event start.
Telescope Thursdays: TBD
--When: Oct. 13 (Thursday), 6:30-10:30 p.m.
--Where: Location to be determined (likely to be Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs)
--Event Page: none currently
Description: Public telescope outreach. Expecting 300-500 people over course of the event. Setup begins at 5:30 p.m.
Planetarium Event: “Owlpheratz School of Science & Spooks” Halloween Extravaganza
--When: Oct. 22 (Saturday), 5-10 p.m.
--Where: Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College
--Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1009904879101557/
Description: Annual planetarium Halloween event. Will serve as members of the school’s astronomy society. Primarily families with children, but no moon visible that evening. Two to four telescope needed. Setup begins at 5 p.m.
CFAS ONLY: Geneva Dark-Sky Observing Night
--When: Oct. 29 (Saturday), 6 p.m.-midnight
--Where: Geneva Campus Gun Range, Seminole State College of Florida
--Event Page: none currently
Description: Dark-sky observing session for CFAS members. New moon weekend, so excellent chance for local dark-sky viewings. Gates will open at 5 p.m. New astronomer training will be provided if interest is shown.
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/.
Solar System Ambassador Program
The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation. These volunteers communicate the excitement of JPL's space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities.