The birthplace of modern astrophysics
Yerkes Observatory is a facility of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago. It was established in 1897 on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Until the mid-1960's, Yerkes Observatory housed all of the Department's activities. Today the 77-acre, park-like site in southeast Wisconsin provides laboratory space and access to telescopes for research and instruction.
Yerkes Observatory occupies a unique niche for the educational and the scientific community. It bridges several important perspectives in formal and informal education. The history of astronomy and astrophysics of the observatory is a solid foundation for introducing all the important topics in current research as well as the practice of observational astronomy. There is a huge range of opportunities for learning. Because of Yerkes' historical context, the world of professional and student astronomers and astronomy educators is drawn to the observatory. These communities learn from one another, build relationships, and create programs, which result in enriched experiences and learning opportunities for young and diverse members of our society.
- Observe through a Big Telescope
Throughout the year, weather permitting, Yerkes Observatory offers evening observing sessions for adults and kids aged twelve and up. Participants look at a variety of fascinating celestial objects through a large, modern 24-inch diameter telescope....more...
- Stars at Yerkes Teacher Professional Development
Join the Yerkes Outreach Educators professional learning community in monthly workshops designed for teachers, informal program leaders, and amateur astronomers.
Yerkes High School Night Program
For more info about the event and registration click here
- 2013 Yerkes Astrophysics Academy for Young Scientists (YAAYS) Camps
Students in grades 5-8 can learn and have fun with science and engineering in summer day camps. This year we are offering two camps from June 11-14 for 7th-8th graders and June 18-21 for 5th-6th graders. In addition tothese two camps we also are offering a "YAAYS Mentors Program" for students in grades 8-12 from June 10-14 and 17-21.
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- FabLab (Fabrication Laboratory)
Yerkes Observatory is expanding its mission as an outreach and education center for science and technology. As part of this effort we are building a Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) at Yerkes. This facility will be open to students, educators and the general public. For more info, click here
The education programs are made possible in part through SOFIA Outreach at Yerkes Observatory.
Yerkes Study Group (YSG)
The Yerkes Study Group was formed to explore the best use of Yerkes Observatory as a future site for a regional center for science education. To download the final report (pdf file) of the YSG click here