The Sky is Not the Limit for Learning

Grand Mesa Observatory gave a series of two classes (presentations) for the nonprofit group New Dimensions, lead by PR Director and GMO volunteer Nancy McGuire. New Dimensions Lifelong Learning Institute is a membership education program for Grand Valley adults 50 and older that offers a variety of classes focused on academic and personal enrichment. Their classes are taught by volunteer instructors with expertise and personal passion for their subject. The first of two classes (presentations) was the general astronomy themed "Our Home the Milky Way and Beyond". Their members had to register ahead of time, and we were asked if we could expand the class (there is usually a cap on attendance) to accommodate more people. About 70 New Dimensions members attended the first presentation. The organizers mentioned that this was among one of their largest attended classes! The following week, Nancy gave another presentation "Grand Mesa Observatory; The Education, The Science, and Astrophotography". People were astonished that the observatory is here on the Western Slope and that such amazing astrophotos are taken here. They were also very pleased to know about our educational outreach. After having attended the classes, and having their interest in astronomy and the observatory further piqued, members were invited to attend one of GMO's night sky viewing events.

Members interacted after both presentations with thoughtful questions.