Environment & Resource Management
The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) outside Cambridge, MA. Since October 1968, the FLWO has been used as the site for experiments requiring extremely dark skies, dry climate, and good “optical seeing.”
The Whipple Observatory has volunteer opportunities for Tour Guides and Public Information Specialists.
- Tour Guides accompany visitors on the tour bus, explaining observatory operations and showing the telescopes at the top of Mount Hopkins.
- Public Information Specialists run the Visitor Center by demonstrating the exhibits, making tour reservations and selling merchandise.
Please contact us for information about these volunteer opportunities.