Another facet of the NSAAC is our commitment to public education. In addition to the work with the Salem State University Observatory and Merrimack College Observatory, the club conducts star parties at the request of schools and other interested public organizations such as libraries and museums at the rate of approximately one per month.
These events can consist of a slide presentation, lecture and/or observing session. We strive to tailor each presentation to the particular needs of the requesting party. The club can conduct events in most towns in Essex county, excluding Cape Ann. When volunteers are available Tewksbury and Lowell can also be covered.
For events at schools the suggested grade level is 4th through high school; younger children sometimes have a difficult time looking through the telescopes.
Many of our members consider Star Parties to be the most enjoyable aspect of being part of the NSAAC. The NSAAC does not impose a charge for these programs, although tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted. For more information please see the contact us [link] page for the Star Party coordinator contact information.