Lake Afton Public Observatory

Current public program information call (316) WSU-STAR
Office (316) 978-3191 (Office open weekdays 9-5)

Location: 37o 37' 20" N, 97o 37' 37" W (directions & a map are below)

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The Lake Afton Public Observatory offers programs for the general public on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year. For a full list of programs, dates and times, Click here. School classes can reserve an Observatory program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Wednesday during the day.

The Lake Afton Public Observatory was created in 1979 through the cooperation of four local units of government. Construction and equipment costs were equally divided between Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita. Through 1994, the majority of the operating funds of the Observatory were shared equally by the Wichita Board of Education and Wichita State University. Since then the Observatory has been operated by Wichita State University's Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education with additional funds from Sedgwick County for facilities. All programs, exhibits, and school out-reach materials are designed, prepared, and presented by Observatory staff and volunteers.

Observatory programs also extend beyond its walls through classroom presentations, portable editions of exhibits, instructional astronomy games, video tapes, and astronomy activities for use in the classroom. Call (316) 978-3191 for details.

The Observatory is located 20 miles southwest of downtown Wichita at MacArthur Road (39th Street South) and 247th Street West in Lake Afton County Park. It is immediately north of the lake, just off MacArthur Road.
For a map, click here. Current program information is available in a recorded message by calling 316-WSU-STAR (978-7827).
Office address:
Lake Afton Public Observatory
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0032

fax: (316) 978-3350