OMSI staff is hosting a regional teacher workshop in Baker City on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The free professional development workshop will run from 5PM to 8PM at the Baker County Public Library in Baker City and a complementary public Star Party will run from 8PM to 10PM at National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

The workshop is designed for late elementary and middle school teachers, after-school club leaders, scout and community group leaders and anyone interested in learning more about the night sky with students. Dinner will also be provided to workshop participants.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • How to host a star party for your students and families – logistics, equipment needs, resources, and expectations.
  • Hands-on classroom activities related to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate – Earth sciences, planetary sciences, heliophysics, & astrophysics
  • Showcase of Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkit developed by National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net)

Participating teachers will be entered in a drawing for a free OMSI space science-related outreach program for their school or club!

To register, visit:

Everyone is invited to join OMSI for star gazing around 8pm at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center! Telescopes will be provided, and gates will open at 7:30PM. There will be no entry charge, and this event is weather dependent, so it may be canceled if the sky is overcast.