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Riverwoods Field Lab Has Already Begun Celebrating The 2009 IYA!

Star Party Guest Post by Christopher Stephan, Education Specialist, Riverwoods Field Lab : Riverwoods Field Laboratory, part of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies ( has already begun celebrating the 2009 IYA! Riverwoods is a comprehensive Education and Research Center focused on environmental science and education. Our Education Program hosts secondary students and community groups for either one day or overnight workshops. Since we are located on the Kissimmee River in rural Highlands County, Florida, our night skies are very dark. We have developed a new Astronomy Program with lessons that include fun facts and field activities to view the moon, stars and constellations for students and adults.


Coming in December…

IYA is almost upon us, and as we count the days to the US openning in Longbeach, CA programs are working to pull together the final pieces and raise the money to make everything happen. Here is a selection of the things that you can get involved in today!
  • Cultural Astronomy and Storytelling Group is hosting a Book Fair at the Broadway Barnes & Noble in Tucson, AZ on December 7th 1 pm – 4 pm. There will be storytelling and crafts for kids, and solar telescope viewing in front of the store.Show your support on December 7th, 2009 by:
    1. Visiting the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on December 7th, 5130 East Broadway Boulevard Tucson, Arizona, anytime between 9am and 11 pm and use our book fair code 441196 when you check out.
    2. Anywhere in the USA, shop any other Barnes & Noble store or online at and use our book fair code 441196 when making your purchases.
  • Join in on the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast


International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA)