Moraine Valley Community College || Nature Study Area and Observatory

Events Calendar

Tours and field trips

Arrange a visit for your group! People of all ages enjoy the unique features of the Nature Study Area, and the observatory is a wonderful teaching tool, not only for the college, but for local schools and community groups.

Observatory Open Viewing Nights

2015 Viewings

April 24 at 7:45 p.m.
May 22 at 8:30 p.m.
June 26 at 8:45 p.m.
July 24 at 8:40 p.m.
August 21 at 8 p.m.
September 18 at 7:20 p.m.
October 23 at 6:15 p.m.

The college hosts monthly open viewing nights for the public during the spring, summer and fall, hosted by Tom McCague, retired associate professor and department chair of Biology at Moraine Valley. McCague, an amateur astronomer for more than 40 years, built the telescope, which is housed in a dome on the Nature Study Area's G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck at the far western end of campus.

If you have binoculars, we encourage you to bring them.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Because of the outdoor location of the telescope, observers are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather. Keep in mind the air cools down quickly most nights after sunset.

Viewings will be canceled in the event of inclement weather, such as clouds, rain or very high winds.

For more information, contact College and Community Relations at (708) 974-5375.