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  • Professor Alex Filippenko (far left) of UC Berkeley shows the Shane 3-meter Reflector to a group. Photo by Stephen Imbler.

Our education and public outreach (EPO) mission is to discover and share the mysteries of the universe from atop Mt. Hamilton.

We strive to engage our local communities in learning about scientific practices, astronomical discoveries, and enabling technologies.

We empower our community members to be scientifically literate, to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and to understand science as a human endeavor. Ultimately, we aim to improve the scientific advancement of students at all levels, of educators, and of the general public in our communities.

Lick Observatory is committed to improving science education and science literacy in the United States, especially in California. To achieve this mission, Lick Observatory offers EPO initiatives for a variety of audiences with important partners throughout California, Hawaii, and beyond. Our programs are uniquely enriched by Lick Observatory's cutting-edge scientific research, instruments, and astronomers.

Whether you are a teacher or other science educator looking to improve your practice, or a UC researcher or student looking for EPO opportunities, we hope to connect with you through our many programs and outreach efforts.