Public Outreach

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The Hamilton/Halton chapter of RASC participates in a number of public service roles that include:

Scouts Canada – provide guidance and curriculum to scout leaders which help scouts learn about astronomy and earn merit badges/pins. This also applies to Cubs.

Girl Guides – provide guidance and curriculum to guide leaders which help guides learn about astronomy and earn merit badges/pins. This also applies to Brownies.

Elementary and Secondary schools – provide guidance and curriculum to teachers with the hope that they will pass this on to their students. Visiting schools and classrooms as guest speakers on a variety of astronomical topics. And offering observing events in the evenings if requested.

Libraries – provide in-service to libraries in an effort to assist them with goals such as telescope loaner programs. Visiting libraries as guest speakers on a variety of topics.

Light Abatement Initiatives – working with various levels of government, we participate in committees dedicated to reducing light pollution and at the same time, save energy and taxpayer dollars.

Fun Observing – provide observing opportunities to summer camps and kids camps.

Sidewalk Astronomy – provide an easy opportunity for the general public to get a look through a telescope; often for the first time!

Astronomical Events – conduct observing sessions for popular observing events, such as solar and lunar eclipses, the Venus transit and the Mercury Transit.

More information can be found in our Outreach Brochure. If you have further questions, send an email to outreach@hamiltonrasc.ca

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