Astronomical League

The Minnesota Astronomical Society is a member of the Astronomical League.

The Astronomical League’s objective is to promote the science of astronomy by fostering astronomical education, by providing incentives for astronomical observation and research, and by assisting communication among amateur astronomical societies.

The Astronomical League is composed of over 240 local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with our Members-at-Large, Patrons, and Supporting members form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world.

The Belwin Conservency

BELWIN MISSION – To inspire connection and engagement with the natural world.
The wellbeing of each and every one of us is tied to the health of our natural world. That’s why we are happier and healthier when we spend time in nature. It’s also why we need everyone to feel passionate about protecting it. At Belwin, we spark that passion every day through conservation, education, and immersive experiences on 1,500 acres in the Saint Croix Valley.

Long Lake Conservation Center

Long Lake Conservation Center’s purpose is to inspire a deep appreciation of nature so that all those who experience Long Lake build skills and affect to respect the natural world surrounding them and accomplish lifelong stewardship of the environment. We started working towards this purpose in 1963. Over the years, thousands of learners explored the bogs, lakes, and woods of the Conservation Center.

Baylor Regional Park

Baylor Regional Park is a 201 acre park situated in western Carver County on Eagle Lake. The park offers 50 camping sites. 35 sites have water and electrical hookups and 15 sites are primitive. Other facilities include: group camping area, picnic areas, showers, swimming beach, beach house, reservable picnic shelters, ball field, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and an 18 hole disc golf course.

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a University of Minnesota biological field station with many ecosystems and species found throughout the forests and grasslands of North America. Faculty, staff and students who work at Cedar Creek are dedicated to understanding how human activities, such as agriculture and fossil fuel combustion, are changing ecosystems.

The MAS hosts public star parties and other events at Cedar Creek in the field adjacent to Lindeman Lab.  See the MAS calendar for scheduled upcoming events at Cedar Creek.

Starry Skies North IDA

THERE’S NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE NIGHT SKY. That means the most beautiful thing in the world can belong to all of us. The noticeable lack of stars is a drain on the environment, on our resources, and affects us all.


Starry Skies North IDA Vision:

  • Create more certified International Dark Sky Places as the regional chapter of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA)
  • Universal awareness of light pollution and appreciation of the night sky, including:
    • Implementing star-friendly outdoor lighting ordinances:
    • Developing regional astrotourism resources
    • Fostering active community groups that host accessible education, gathering, and outreach
The Bell Museum

Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium is now located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Saint Paul. Take amazing journeys from the far reaches of the cosmos to deep inside the human brain in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Explore the origins of the universe, the diversity of life on earth, and take a walk through the state of Minnesota, featuring our world famous wildlife dioramas.

Engage all your senses in our Touch & See Lab with 10,000-year-old fossils, living plants and animals, and more. Wander outside on our green roof and observation deck, and explore the learning landscape of native plants, geology gardens, and solar station.

Como Planetarium

Como Planetarium is part of St. Paul Public Schools (ISD 625). The physical building is currently OPEN for St. Paul Public School students!

Virtual programs are available to schools both within and outside St. Paul Public Schools (ISD 625).  We serve over 15,000 members of the community during the school year!

Minnesota Institute of Astrophysics

The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA) was formed in 2012, bringing together 24 faculty members of the School of Physics and Astronomy conducting research in astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, and space science under a unified banner within the School. MIfA administers the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in astrophysics, consolidates the University’s multimillion dollar annual investment in astrophysics research, and raises Minnesota’s profile on the world stage of astrophysical research by increasing our visibility in the national and international science communities, within the University itself, and in the public eye.

Simulation Curriculum

Simulation Curriculum develops and publishes best-in-class simulation software and curriculum. It serves a large consumer audience and is a leader in the K-12 and College markets world-wide. The company fills the need for high quality, accurate simulation- based curriculum for topics in Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology, Physical Geography, Anatomy, Physiology and beyond.

Its flagship products, Starry Night and SkySafari are the world’s leading astronomy applications for use on PC’s & Macs, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android & Surface Tablets. Starry Night is in many thousands of classrooms and in the hands of millions of students worldwide and is bundled with most major college Astronomy textbooks. It is the engine running the most advanced, teacher-friendly planetariums in the world.