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Cincinnati Observatory to provide free field trips for schools, thanks to new grant

Posted at 1:58 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 13:58:24-04

CINCINNATI — Thanks to a new grant secured by the Cincinnati Observatory, local schools and community centers can plan field trips and coordinate outreach programs for free next year.

Starting January 1, 2020, the Cincinnati Observatory will offer free outreach programming for schools and community centers, free field trip admissions and free buses for all students.

The nation's oldest public observatory earned a $140,000 grant from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts of Fifth Third Bank.

The organization is using the funding to expand their Youth Outreach program, to increase access for underserved students in Cincinnati.

"We're so excited to be able to increase the numbers of underserved students we reach with this incredible investment," said Dean Regas, Observatory education director and outreach astronomer, in a press release. "Removing the barriers for schools and community centers will allow us to engage in many exiting partnerships in 2020 and beyond."