About Starry Hill

What is Starry Hill?

Starry Hill is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing astronomy education and stargazing experiences to children. We are located near the town of Eatonville, WA, at a dark sky site. We offer planetarium shows, observatory tours, star parties and more. Read further for details on what is available and how to schedule a visit.


Planetarium Shows

The Starry Hill Planetarium is a theater with a dome-shaped screen above that creates an immersive you-are-there experience. We use it as a 'spaceship' to explore the Universe.

We offer shows that match state astronomy standards, shows for scouts, general interest shows and more. Perhaps one of our shows would be perfect for your group. We often create new shows when asked.



Observatory Tours & Telescope Training

The Starry Hill Observatory is a building with a dome-shape roof and a large 300-mm telescope inside. Tours are available.

The viewing Platform is a large 'outdoor observatory' that we set up with numerous telescopes. Training in the use of telescopes is available.

At night both the Observatory and Platform are used to connect with the real universe during star parties.



Star Parties

The premier activity at Starry Hill is the Star Party -- an event in which many telescopes are used to view the treasures of the night sky.

Star parties begin in early evening so that everyone can become familiar with the telescopes. During twilight we spend time in the planetarium learning how to find the targets.

Once twilight ends, everyone chooses a telescope and the hunt begins. Polaris, double-stars, star clusters and galaxies are always part of the adventure. Shooting stars often streak by and, if we are lucky, Jupiter with its many moons, or Saturn with its grand rings, will be out.

Astrophotography is available in the observatory for those who'd like to try imaging a celestial treasure.

Star Parties at Starry Hill are usually scheduled for moonless, August nights. They can be magical, unforgettable events for both children and adults!


To Schedule a Visit

Starry Hill is owned and run by two former classroom teachers. All services are free but, to schedule an event, you must be a teacher or leader of a formal school, youth, church or community organization. If you'd like to schedule an event, please contact us.