The Foundation for Geauga Parks is proud to introduce the Geauga Skywatchers Club. The club, founded by Geauga County Public Library, Burton Public Library, the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society, the Foundation for Geauga Parks, and Geauga Park District, will feature monthly lectures and astronomy activities geared to a 6 – 12 grade audience. Meetings, however, are open to anyone interested in astronomy, and will be held at various library locations in GCPL and BPL, as well as Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park.
George Trimble, President of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society, said the club will explore astronomy with the guidance of local experts and sophisticated equipment available through local organizations. “Our goal is to teach the wonders of the solar system and universe while honing skills in mathematics, engineering, optics, observing, reason, andcritical thinking,” he said. “We recognize accomplishment with an optional system of advancement.”
The purpose of the club, according to Heidi O’Neill of the Foundation for Geauga Parks, is to “help make bright minds shine with the light of new knowledge” and to “inspire the next generation of working scientists in our community by ‘Looking Up.’”
The Foundation for Geauga Parks has graciously supplied telescopes for the club that will be available for checkout at GCPL and BPL, in addition to financial, organizational, and marketing support. The Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society will supply teaching members with expertise and equipment. And Geauga Park District will supply teaching members/naturalists John Kolar and Chris Mentrek, as well as its observatories and planetarium at Observatory Park. Both library systems will provide books and related materials.