Give your guests an experience they'll never forget!
The Robert Ferguson Observatory is available
for private rentals.
Imagine having three beautiful telescopes and a cadre of knowledgeable docents ready to host your family, friends, school group, Scout Troop or other group—up to 50 people!
Our docents can tailor an evening to fit your needs and give you a night you'll never forget.
A large group campground is located adjacent to the Observatory.
It has a spitted barbeque pit, picnic tables for 50 guests, an area for tents, and adjacent parking large enough to accommodate RVs.
The PlanetWalk and other hiking trails are nearby.
Enjoy the quiet beauty of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park during the day and spend quality time with RFO telescopes until late at night—without having to drive home.
RFO Daytime Astronomy Program for Private Groups
Includes solar viewing, classroom presentation, observatory tour.
Imagine learning about our closest star and its solar system under the guidance of observatory docents. Your group can safely observe activity on our favorite star, the Sun, through the observatory's two solar telescopes (weather permitting). A classroom presentation for up to 45 people can be tailored to meet the interests of your group. The observatory tour covers three other types of telescopes in the observatory - a refractor, a 40" reflector, and a robotic telescope.
Depending on the interest and abilities of the group, a partial or full-length docent-led PlanetWalk hike can also be provided.
Please follow the directions in the right side bar under "2. Reserve the Observatory" to make a reservation for your group to enjoy a daytime astronomy program. The park campground fee is not required for events conducted between noon and 2 pm.
"You guys were awesome! Thank you so much. The kids not only had a lot of fun, but they learned a lot, too....That observatory really is a key to opening those young minds. Thank you."
—Clay (Cub Scout Pack 128, Sebastopol)