Dark Skies, Bright Kids Summer Astronomy Program

Come explore the universe with the University of Virginia’s Dark Skies, Bright Kids Astronomy Summer Program! You will get the opportunity to: explore the night sky and travel to other planets with DSBK’s portable planetarium; learn about constellations, distant solar systems, and distant galaxies; make your own comets here on Earth, just like the ones in outer space; discover how we use invisible light to solve mysteries of the universe. We will also host a Star Party at the end of the week where you can look through telescopes and enjoy the beautiful starry night sky!

This is a pilot program, so we appreciate your patience as we learn how to best adapt our program to summer camps.

Summer 2017 Camps

This summer DSBK will be traveling to:

Virginia's Eastern Shore - Occohannock Elementary (in Northampton county)
Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23
AND
University of Virginia's College at Wise (in Wise county)
Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28


If you know a student who will be finishing 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in 2017, who resides in/near one of the regions given above, who would love to learn about rockets, solar eclipses, invisible light, galaxies, and the Universe, please contact us for an application! No science background is required. We're here to teach you!

Please mail the filled out application to us by June 1!
Dark Skies, Bright Kids
530 McCormick Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903



If you do not live in either of these regions, we're sorry to miss you this year! Feel free to send us an email letting us know what Virginia county you live in, so we can consider bringing our Summer Camp to you next summer.

For other upcoming events, please check out our Events Calendar!

Dark Skies, Bright Kids is a volunteer-run program out of the UVa Astronomy Department with the core mission of enhancing science education by organizing Astronomy clubs at underserved schools in central Virginia. The program seeks to encourage the natural curiosity of children by helping them to explore the Universe in a close-knit social setting with fun, hands-on activities.

Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization, which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.