WE WILL FIND STARS
IN OUR SKIES AND IN OUR SCHOOLS
Enid is home to the only high school astronomical observatory in Oklahoma. The dome and its telescopes have served students—and the Enid community—for more than 50 years, but without a renewal in community interest and support, the facility is in jeopardy of becoming obsolete.
Led by NASA Astronaut Nancy Currie-Gregg, her husband, Tim Gregg, an Enid High School graduate, and Friends of the Observatory, efforts are now underway to restore and update the venue. Your support is vital to preserve this important educational resource and to strengthen the opportunities afforded to Enid students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Please take a few minutes to explore this website. You’ll discover the history of the dome and learn ways you can help Enid protect this unique and historic enterprise.
With your support, We Will Find Stars...in our skies and in our schools.
Fox 25 Story: "The Race To Save A Piece of Space Race History"
OETA Story: Preserving Oklahoma's Only High School Observatory
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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To preserve a remarkable past and pave the way for an impressive future, our mission is to:
Purchase a new telescope replacing the existing instrument which is more than 50 years old
Add software enhancements to the new telescope, paving the way for remote access and much broader educational use
Install much-needed safety enhancements to the viewing deck of the observatory
Repair and renovate the dome structure, both inside and outside
Create an on-campus "viewing control room" enabling more students to view images from the telescope
Develop a sustainable astronomy-related STEM outreach program within the Enid Public Schools
Identify and support additional STEM programs promoting science and mathematics
Provide a development stipend for a deserving Enid-area science teacher
Explore the creation of an ongoing scholarship program for an Enid High School graduate pursuing relevant degree requirements in college
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Add your name to the Friends of the Observatory. It's easy and it's free. Do it now!
Encourage your Facebook Friends and Twitter Followers to Like and Follow us.
Find us on social media
Volunteer as a part of the Observatory Clean-Up and Repair Team (OCURT) Learn more
Donate to the Friends of the Observatory campaign through the Enid Public Schools Foundation. Your contributions are 100 percent tax deductible. Make a gift.
"Your achievements can be as great as your dreams. Reach for the stars."
Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg, Astronaut