The Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium offers astronomy related presentations, telescope observing events, lectures and/or planetarium shows for as many as 200 groups each year. These programs and observing events are presented both here at the Observatory and on location for “away” groups, with the exception of the indoor planetarium shows. They are geared for a variety of different groups and organizations including (but not limited to):

  • universities
  • schools
  • libraries
  • museums
  • science centers
  • observatories
  • aviation firms
  • conferences
  • scout groups
  • various civic organizations
  • churches and other faith-based organizations



Program and Lodging Fees

Program Fees


For daytime and early evening guests visiting Rainwater Observatory we have a $300 minimum program fee for groups under 25 in number or $12 per person for larger groups of 25 or more. For overnight guests we have a $350 minimum program fee for groups under 25 in number or $15 per person for groups larger than 25. (Please note additional camping or lodging fee for overnight guests posted below which is in addition to the program fee.)


Camping & Lodging Fees


Camping (fire pits, pavilion, picnic tables, amphitheater, grills, showers, bathrooms) is an additional $10 per tent per night. We also have a 14 bed air conditioned bunk house that is $15 per person per night located on Rainwater property. Please bring your own linens. Click here for additional lodging.


Please note: Additional fees for programs may apply for larger groups of 50 or more to provide for additional programming or staff.


“Away” Programs by Rainwater Observatory


  • Programming for local groups or organizations with a travel distance less than 50 miles: $400 plus travel expenses.
  • Programming for regional groups or organizations with a travel distance greater than 50 miles: $500 plus travel expenses.
  • Programming that requires day long travel and or overnight stays $800 plus travel expenses.


If you would like to schedule an event here or at your own facility or need additional information on any of our programs and services, please contact us today.