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2019 NAI Chesapeake Workshop - Green Bank Observatory

Ssshhh! Keep it Quiet at Green Bank Observatory!

If you’re serious about getting away from social media for a day, this is the trip for you! We will enter the federal Radio Quiet Zone to visit the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV. On Sunday afternoon, Green Bank staff will take us on a tour of the facility, showing us how they interpret their site and the astronomical research that happens there. We will spend Sunday evening learning about radio data and 
observing stars through optical telescopes, with training on Interpreting the Night Sky for All Ages. What determines the color of a star? Make a Star Guide to take home. Trade examples of folklore associated with the constellations. Monday morning GBO staff will share some practical applications:

  • GBO’s demonstration radio telescope and how it works
  • Interpreting astronomy in an urban setting
  • Compare/contrast radio frequency interference and light pollution
  • Provocation: Encourage your audiences to keep the night sky dark! 

Bring your own best interpretive approaches for two-way brainstorming with other participants. Before we leave at noon on Monday, we will fulfill a request from Green Bank to walk the 1km nature trail outside their Visitor Center and brainstorm our best suggestions for interpreting the pathway. (Workshop counts 24 hours recert. Credit.)

Workshop Fee Schedule

The event is a package deal! All meals & lodging (double room) with all announced sessions all for one price:

Total Fee for Early Bird Member $65
Total Fee for Early Bird Non-Member $100
Last Day for Early Bird is August 5

Total Fee for Member after August 5 $75
Total Fee for Non-Member after August 5 $110
Last day to Register is August 26

Additional Fee for Private Room (with private bath)  $35 extra

Your workshop fee includes all of the following:

Sunday, Sept 8, 3:00pm - Tour of Green Bank Observatory (by bus)
Sunday, Sept 8, 5:30pm - Supper in the Residence Hall
Sunday, Sept 8, 6:30pm - Interpretive Sessions and Use of Optical Telescopes
****Overnight Lodging in the GBO Residence Hall****
Monday, Sept 9, 8:00am - Breakfast in the Residence Hall
Monday, Sept 9, 9:00am - Interpretive Sessions
Monday, Sept 9, 10:45am - Roundtable/Brainstorming - Interpretation of GBO's Nature Trail

Lodging in the GBO Residence Hall

Each double room has two twin beds and a private bath. You will be assigned a roommate if you register at the double room rate and do not indicate a roommate preference. Linens and towels are provided for all rooms

Cancellation Policy

There will be a non-refundable processing fee of $10 for any cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing by email to krosenthal@arlingtonva.us no later than August 19, 2019. After that date, refunds will be given only by review of the regional leadership.

For Additional Information Contact:

Patricia Dietly at patricia.dietly@icloud.com or 703.642.0128 
Ken Rosenthal at Krosenthal@arlingtonva.us or 703.228.3403
9/8/2019 - 9/9/2019
Green Bank Observatory 155 Observatory Road PO Box 2 Green Bank, WV 24944 UNITED STATES
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