UNLV and the Public Lands Institute, a unit of the Division of Educational Outreach, congratulate the Great Basin National Park Foundation and its partners, including our sister institution, University of Nevada Reno, for reaching the fundraising goal for the first research-grade astronomical observatory to be located in a national park--- Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada. The foundation recently announced the $480,000 in funds now triggers the immediate building of the Great Basin Observatory: Magnificent Dark Sky Astronomical Research Portal, with the goal of opening the observatory in August 2016 in time for the National Park Service Centennial.
UNLV has endorsed the Great Basin Observatory. In his letter of support, UNLV President Len Jessup stated “the observatory will make it possible for us in Nevada to expand our curricular offerings not only in astrophysics and astronomy but in other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and natural resource preservation as well.” It will also greatly enhance and expand educational outreach programs for youth in K-12 classes, including those in Clark County. Other letters of support from UNLV were provided by the provost and the dean of the College of Sciences. In addition, Vice Provost for Educational Outreach Peg Rees serves as an advisory board member of the Great Basin National Park Foundation.
Fundraising efforts continue for educational programs, scientific and visitor services equipment, and operational needs. To learn more or to contribute, please visit greatbasinobservatory.org.