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Coming Events

(Observatory is open to the public
ONLY for scheduled events).

Star Party

Saturday, February 10

Solar Viewing 11am
Star Party 7pm


What's Up

Thursday, Feb. 15, 7pm

What's Up is a limited-ticket event. We will focus on the Winter Hexagon, the birth of stars in the Orion Nebula and the death of stars in the Crab Nebula.
For tickets, visit Brown Paper Tickets.

New Docent Training

Begins March 7, 6:30 pm

Join us to learn how to operate the telescopes and learn more about astronomy. See our Volunteer page for more information and to sign up.

Wildfire Cleanup Crew

Cleanup Crew

Docents spent Saturday, Jan. 6, washing walls and floors,
re-installing telescopes that had been evacuated
to garages, and cleaning everything else!
We interrupted them long enough to take this photo. Note the patches of green amidst the burn on the hills behind the Observatory. Life finds a way.

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Fill out our Star Party Visitor Survey
and enter to win a
Private Event for your group!


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RFO at night

Above: The Observatory at night. Photo by Mark Hillestad
Top right photo of Refractor Telescope by Jerry Telfer


Rent an

Yes, you can!
Treat your family, friends,
or group of up to 50 people
to a night with the stars!


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Sugarloaf Ridge
State Park

"Team Sugarloaf" operates Sugarloaf Ridge,
including the campground. Five nonprofit organizations formed a unique partnership that has worked tirelessly to keep our park open.  

Partners are: Sonoma Ecology Center; United Camps, Conferences and Retreats; Valley of the Moon Natural History Association; Sonoma County Trails Council; and Valley of the Moon Observatory Association.  

With expertise in campground operations, ecological restoration, astronomy, trails management, and volunteer recruiting and training, Team Sugarloaf is creating new opportunities for Sugarloaf Ridge and its visitors.  Visit sugarloafpark.org for more information.

Come to stargaze and camp at Sugarloaf Ridge!