The John Glenn Astronomy Park

is under construction


The John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP) is in the final stages of construction. Click here for a quick video tour of the site, on You Tube, made on December 14, 2017. 

Ribbon cutting ceremony will be on the date of the Summer Solstice, Thursday, June 21, 2018. More information will be coming when it's available. 

Our fundraising efforts continue, as we still need to raise $400,000.00 for equipment and educational programming. As we've been saying, this facility will be a huge addition to the Hocking Hills State Park when it's completed. And, it's being done without the use of state funds. Nor, will there be any fees charged to those who will use this facility.

Therefore, we are still accepting donations to help us fully complete this project.  

So, if you'd like people to know you helped with the funds needed to complete construction, here's how you can do it:

If you donate at least $500, your name can be engraved on a paver brick that will be laid on the site of the Astronomy Park.  

You can do this by clicking here (a new window/tab will open.) Which will take you to the John Glenn Astronomy Park Fund page on the Foundation For Appalachian Ohio website. Once there you can read about the Fund, and learn how to make a donation online or through the mail. 

You may also make an online donation to the John Glenn Astronomy Park project through this website, simply by clicking here. Under I would like to make a contribution to: choose Astronomy Education Center, then choose the amount you would like to donate from the drop-down list, or enter your own amount in the Other Amount box. 

Please come back often to our website for more updates on construction and fundraising needs. Thank you.

More information on this project can be found by clicking on the Astronomy Park tab at the top of this page. 


The illustrations below were created by m+a architects, in Columbus, Ohio. 

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About Our Parks

Perhaps no other area in the state of Ohio is as wild, romantic and picturesque as Hocking Hills State Park. In the parks you will discover amazingly massive sandstone outcroppings, deep cool gorges, towering hemlocks and glistening waterfalls that characterize the Hocking region. Abundant wildlife including white-tailed deer, barred owls, ruffed grouse and an occasional bobcat make the wooded ravines and ridge tops their home. In spring, the early morning hours come alive with the gobble of the wild turkey. The lush undergrowth contains a profusion of ferns, shrubs and wildflowers including roundleaf catchfly, lady’s slipper orchids, devils walking stick and sullivantia that are some of the state’s rarest and most unusual plants.

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