Planetariums, Observatories & Astronomy

Planetariums, Observatories & Astronomy

Take a break from electric lights and learn to recognize the heavenly beacons that have guided travellers, inspired songs and mesmerized many across the centuries.



Chico Community Observatory. Operates on clear nights, Fri, Sat & Sun, year-round. Summer: sunset to 10:45pm. Winter: approx. 6-9pm. Explore the night sky in an outside viewing area with docents who lead discussions. Take a peek through telescopes inside the building. Schedule a docent-led evening astronomy experience for your school or private group. Free. 1 Observatory Way (located near Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park; look for sign at intersection of Wildwood Ave. & Observatory Way). (530) 487-4071.



Schreder Planetarium; Redding. This 1,700-square-foot planetarium with 10-meter projection dome offers a quality simulation of the night sky & features engaging programs that blend science, technology, engineering, math & imagination. The lab environment supports pre-K–12th grade studies. 1644 Magnolia Ave. (530) Field trips: 225-0243. Showtimes: (530) 225-0295.

Star Parties; Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Join members of the Shasta Astronomy Club seasonally to view the amazing sights in the sky. Telescopes provided. Weekly park pass $10. Monthly or bi-monthly viewings held at Mt. Shasta Mine Loop trail parking lot. Begins 30 minutes after sunset, weather permitting. Free.  From the main page, select Plan YOur Visit>Ranger Programs. & (530) 246-1225.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park; Redding. Schedule a group adventure to learn about a variety of topics including science, art, history, forestry, native animal species, horticulture & more. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530) 242-3108.

Whiskeytown Environmental School Clear Creek Field Labs. A field trip series for grades K–4, with mini units based on California State Science Standards. Includes three pre-classroom lessons, a 2–3 hour field lab led by a naturalist & a post classroom lesson. Program provided by the Shasta County Office of Education. Located in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. (530) 225-0111.



Lava Beds National Monument. Site of the largest concentration of lava tube caves in North America. Offers ranger-led explorations & evening campfire programs that explore the Native American history connected to the monument. Rangers help match children’s interests & capabilities to the numerous developed caves. (530) 667-8113.

Mt. Shasta Star Gazers Club. Promotes interest in astronomy & its related sciences. Educational & fun. Monthly meetings, free public star parties & other events. All are welcome.

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Updated: Sep 6, 2017 @ 10:04 pm