Please note an update to our Covid policy, starting for events after October 1, 2021. The Robert Ferguson Observatory will require proof of Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test (completed within 72 hours) for events starting after 10/1. The good news is that implementing this policy will enable us to open more of our scopes to the public and deliver presentations indoors in our classroom. Masks will still be required indoors or in areas where social distancing is not possible. This policy does not apply to children that are too young to be vaccinated. Proof can be in the form of a vaccination card or a picture of one. Please be advised that there is no cell service up at Sugarloaf so please make sure you don’t need to get online to an app or website in order to show proof. Thank you in advance for abiding to these policies and keeping our volunteers and visitors safe!
For events before October, our part star party/part Night Sky Trails is a hybrid version of these two events. While our dome and west wing telescopes will remain closed, we will allow small groups in our east wing to view images from our RC20, research-grade telescope. Sky tour docents will be stationed outside to give guests laser guided tours of the constellations. For events after October 1, we are offering our traditional public star parties with more telescopes open and presentations in our classroom.
You MUST have a ticket to attend this event. Attendance is limited and, while remaining tickets will be sold at the door, they will be subject to availability. Please note that tickets are non-refundable and cannot be used for future events.
Please note, members can attend this event for free. If you'd like to become a member, please fill out a member application form and you will be sent a promotional code to use when purchasing tickets.
Cost is $10.00 per adult, $5 for students and seniors 60+, and children under 12 are FREE. (Note: while children tickets are free, they are still required.)
(Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)
This is primarily an outdoor event. Only part of the observatory will be open.
RFO is operated by the Valley of the Moon Observatory Association, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, and all of the proceeds will go towards maintaining this beloved Sonoma county institution.
If there are additional questions, please email email@example.com. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at future events.
Robert Ferguson Observatory
2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, California, 95442
The Valley of the Moon Observatory Association (VMOA) is volunteer amateur and professional astronomers plus a small supporting staff organized as a nonprofit association to provide educational programs about science and astronomy for students, the public, and in support of educators.
The VMOA is responsible for the construction, maintenance and utilization of the Robert Ferguson Observatory and functions as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the auspices of the California State Parks System, and in cooperation with our local state parks.