Sobre nosotros

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that we are living, meeting, teaching, and learning as colonizers in the unceded and occupied territory of the Eastern Shoshone, Shoshone-Bannock, Northern Arapaho, Cheyenne and many other indigenous peoples whose past, present and future generations steward these lands and skies. We acknowledge their deep connection to this place including the skies above it established and passed on through innumerable generations living and carrying out their hopes, their dreams, and their lives on these lands and under these skies from which they were forcibly removed. We offer respect to their elders? past, present and future. We acknowledge the legacies of violence, displacement, migration and settlement that bring each of us together here in the present. 

Anti-Discrimination Statement

Wyoming Stargazing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or disability in our hiring practices, in our programming practices, or in any other aspect of our organization. Despite our best efforts to provide equitable access to our programs, we are acutely aware of how economic disadvantages and other disparities can prohibit students from accessing learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. We want to further our mission of educating and inspiring everyone by promoting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in STEM. We are also aware that there is currently an imbalance of power among the various demographic groups within our community and within our organization. We are actively trying to make that balance of power more equitable. We always strive to create safe and inclusive spaces for everyone through open and honest communication, compassion, deep listening, and patience. However, we are aware of our own limited perspectives and abilities to be perfectly culturally competent and to get it right every time. We therefore welcome feedback on how the Wyoming Stargazing community can continue to become a safer more inclusive space for all.

Quienes somos

¡Hacemos que el Universo cobre vida!

Wyoming Stargazing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Jackson Wyoming that excels at making the often difficult to understand concepts of astronomy accessible to everyone. We offer public and private stargazing programs, solar astronomy programs, planetarium programs, indoor astronomy presentations, and virtual astronomy programs. You’ll leave our programs with a new understanding of the Universe and a sense of how you are connected to everything in the Cosmos. Don’t forget to look up!

Nuestra misión

La misión de Wyoming Stargazing es educar e inspirar a través de los extraordinarios cielos de Wyoming y el Universo más allá.

From our own personal experience, we know that learning about astronomy has a “wow factor”  that can inspire and motivate learners of all ages to explore their world. We think of astronomy as a “gateway science” for lifelong curiosity, learning, and exploration of all areas of knowledge. We’ve learned that by offering opportunities to learn about astronomy, to learn how to use telescopes, as well as to learn how to build telescopes, people will develop confidence and ownership of their learning. When we unlock an individual’s potential the sky is not the limit!

We 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 provide engaging, entertaining, and educational programs that build on the already extraordinary outdoor programs that exist in Jackson Hole. We hope that tourists 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; and we hope that we can light a spark for learners of all ages who might not know that they have any interest in science.

Our Core Values

At Wyoming Stargazing we share a set of common values that guide everything we do as an organization. Whether it’s internal meetings, a stargazing program at night, a solar astronomy program during the day, a planetarium program, an indoor astronomy presentation, or a virtual astronomy program we share our passion for:

Our Goals

Ongoing Goals

  • To promote Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in our organization, our community, and in STEM fields
  • To provide educational outreach opportunities to Jackson Hole residents and visitors through public stargazing, solar astronomy programs, planetarium program, indoor presentations, and virtual astronomy programming
  • To support local educators by developing and implementing astronomy curriculum
  • To offer educational materials and presentations concerning light pollution, its effects, and its mitigation in Jackson Hole and the surrounding area
  • To provide support and services to private organizations in order to bring observatories and planetariums to Jackson Hole

Long-Term Goals (10 years)

  • To provide education outreach opportunities in astronomy to Jackson Hole residents and visitors
  • To work towards Dark Sky Certification for Jackson, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks
  • To establish an observatory and planetarium in Jackson Hole that will:
    1. Provide year-round, daytime and nighttime programming opportunities for families and individuals
    2. Establish a multi-use creative lab space for scientific, educational, and artistic programs
    3. Increase the time that visitors stay in Jackson Hole
    4. Create numerous new jobs for our community
    5. Assist surrounding public and private schools in bolstering scientific literacy programs
    6. Represent two new extraordinary reasons for thinking of Jackson Hole as unique
  • To establish a JEDI in STEM Scholarship and Mentorship Program

Dark Sky Certification for Jackson, Teton County, and GTNP

We recently helped the Town of Jackson and Teton County create one of the best exterior lighting standards and sign standards in the country! The updates have been approved and will be passed into law soon. This is a major step forward for getting Jackson and Teton County Certified as Dark Sky Communities. We also just completed a full inventory of all exterior lights in Grand Teton National Park, which is the first step towards having the Park certified as well. That report will be made available soon. Check out the current Land Development Regulations for Exterior Lighting: Section 5.3.1. (pages 215-219) for Jackson, Wyoming and Teton County.

Our Vision: A Unique Observatory and Planetarium in Jackson Hole

Wyoming Stargazing está en camino de hacer realidad nuestra visión. Wyoming Stargazing tiene una visión compartida con Snow King Mountain Resort para establecer un observatorio y planetario en la cima de la montaña. El Observatorio y Planetario, diseñado por Jakub Galczynski and FarmerPayne Architects, are part of a larger Plan maestro de la fase 2 del Rey de las Nieves, which The Town of Jackson recently approved. The United States Forest Service (USFS) has also issued their Final Record of Decision approving the development. Construction began in the Spring of 2022. We anticipate the grand opening of the facility to be in the Fall of 2023. Click here for updates and for renderings of the facility!

The Facility

The Observatory will have a 24′ AstroHaven dome and a telescope with a 1.0-meter mirror built by PlaneWave Instruments. This will be one of the largest state-of-the-art telescopes in the world dedicated primarily to public outreach. The planetarium will have an 8-meter dome with roughly 30 seats and a state of the art digital projection system from one of the leaders in planetarium design. There will also be a theatre/classroom space and a gallery with interactive exhibits. Wyoming Stargazing hopes to use this facility to reach our goal of impacting 1 million students through in-person and virtual programming by the year 2030.