We Need Your Passion!
Volunteers are vital to the success of the Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival. We depend on the excitement and expertise amateur astronomers bring to help our visitors connect with the pristine dark night skies at the park.
Thousands of visitors a year attend the more than 100 public astronomy programs we offer at Great Basin, with many visitors getting a glimpse of our vast Milky Way neighborhood for the first time. The capstone of our astronomy program is our annual Astronomy Festival, a three-day and three-night celebration of dark night skies held near the time of the new moon each September.
We rely on volunteers to assist with our nighttime telescope viewing opportunities during the festival. During our “star-party” events held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights of the festival, volunteers will be asked to align their telescopes to local or deep-sky object(s) of their choice and allow the public to look through their equipment. Each night, telescope viewing is conducted for approximately 2-4 hours at our Picnic Area, located near the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Volunteers should expect anywhere from 50 to 200 visitors per nights, with larger crowds on Friday and Saturday nights.
Check-in and Camping
All volunteers MUST check-in with a ranger upon arrival. A Park Ranger will be on site to assist with volunteer check-in and registration from noon to 4:00 PM Pacific Time each day of the festival. (Please drive to the Picnic Area and go beyond the “Closed to the Public” signs to the check-in table.) Volunteers arriving outside of these hours should proceed to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center front desk to check in with the ranger on duty.
Each year we plan a volunteer thank-you dinner on Saturday at 4:30 PM, catered by and held at a local Baker restaurant, or as a barbecue picnic in the park. Prizes for trivia contest winners and outstanding volunteers will be awarded at the thank-you dinner.
Please email us. Thank you!
Last updated: August 21, 2019