Who We Are
Wyoming Stargazing is a 501(c)3 educational organization founded by Jackson Hole resident, Dr. Samuel Singer. Samuel received his PhD in Science Education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He founded the organization as a way to further his passion for helping others “explore the extraordinary in the ordinary.” After building two telescopes and establishing a small astronomical observatory at Hampshire College as part of his bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy, Samuel went on to be recognized by NASA for an astronomy lesson plan he wrote and to build a second small observatory for the Teton Science Schools in Jackson Hole, where he now lives.
The mission of Wyoming Stargazing is to educate and inspire our community through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies. We can’t wait to show you the rings the Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, or even an entire galaxy during one of our stargazing programs. The sky is not the limit!
Our Inaugural Promotional Video
The mission of Wyoming Stargazing is to educate and inspire our community through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies.
From our own personal experience, we know that the study and practice of astronomy has the potential to inspire and motivate learners to explore science. We further believe that the “wow factor” of astronomy is one of the factors behind that increased enthusiasm for learning science. We think that by offering opportunities to learn about astronomy, to learn how to use telescopes and other astronomical tools, as well as to learn how to build telescopes, people will develop confidence and ownership of their scientific learning.
We intend to reach out to both the many millions of visitors who come through Jackson Hole every year, as well as to local residents. We are particularly interested in promoting nighttime family programming and in assisting our local school districts in promoting scientific literacy. We intend to provide fun, entertaining, and educational programs that build on the already extraordinary outdoor programs that exist in Jackson Hole. We hope that tourists we leave our programs with a stronger sense of what makes Jackson Hole an amazing place; we hope that local residents will look up more often to enjoy the incredible resource we have above our heads; we hope that we can build awareness around the problems associated with light pollution; we hope that we can light a spark for students who might not know that they have any interest in science.
If you have any comments, suggestions, or ideas for us, please contact us.