In addition to the daytime classes offered for school groups, AstroCamp boasts fun and exciting programs for students at night.
Astronomy – Space Night
Space night is our signature evening program. It consists of two distinct parts: a mini night hike and telescope viewing. Groups depart for a short walk on a nearby trail as darkness arrives. The hike includes sensory-awareness games, stories, stargazing, and demonstrations of our ability to adjust to darkness. Groups will then go to one of our two fully-equipped telescope viewing areas to take advantage of two of AstroCamp’s best assets: our array of excellent viewing instruments and Idyllwild’s beautiful, clear skies. Assigned their own portion of the viewing area, each group has at their disposal: five binoculars, a massive 12″ Dobsonian telescope, and a computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT) of either 10″ or 12″ diameter.
Groups compete in a series of games while enjoying a carnival atmosphere. This is a great program for kids to burn off their excess energy.
Enjoy open swim time in our 144,000-gallon heated indoor pool for an evening program. Watched over by our certified lifeguards, kids are free to splash about with the provided kickboards, balls, and other aquatic toys.
Groups plan and bid for extra-solar planets and the materials necessary to colonize them in an exciting auction. It’s an active and thought-provoking activity requiring group cooperation and compromise.
This indoor/outdoor activity combines a group clue hunt with discovering and presenting information about deep space objects. Messier Madness begins with an introduction to Messier objects, favorite targets of amateur astronomers. Later students search around camp for clues about their particular object, flashlights in hand.
Space Is Right
Students participate in AstroCamp’s version of the popular game show The Price is Right! Take your best guess at answering questions about the size and scale of the objects in our universe and our place in it. Points are earned based on the accuracy of each student’s guess, and the best guesser will have the opportunity to receive a bonus. Space is Right will challenge the way you think about our universe and reveal how tiny we really are.
Astro Jeopardy (Five Day groups only)
Test your knowledge in this AstroCamp version of everybody’s favorite game show! This activity is designed to be a cumulative experience for your five-day program.
Utilize this choice when you have your own program in mind. We have plenty of resources available: the conference center and the theater-like Star Gallery with their large screens and video projectors, and the gym with its facilities for physical activities. Props, costumes, and other equipment are available, as well. This is an activity usually facilitated by the school’s lead teacher with the assistance from the Program Coordinator and Assistant Program Coordinator.