About Starry Hill

What is Starry Hill?

Starry Hill is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing astronomy education and stargazing experiences to children. We are located near the town of Eatonville, WA, at a dark sky site where the Milky Way still glows brightly and the treasures of the night sky can be viewed. We offer daytime planetarium shows, observatory tours and other astronomy-related activities. In summer months, we also offer nighttime star parties. Read further for details and how to schedule a visit.


The Starry Hill Planetarium

The Starry Hill Planetarium is a theater with a dome-shaped screen above that creates an immersive you-are-there experience. We use the Planetarium as a 'spaceship' to explore our Universe.

We have created numerous shows specifically for visitors to Starry Hill. We offer shows that match state standards at different grade levels, shows for scouts, general interest shows and more. Perhaps one of these shows will be perfect for your group or perhaps we can create a new one just for you.



The Starry Hill Observatory

The Starry Hill Observatory is where we connect with the real universe.

Under the Dome, there is a large telescope used for astrophotography -- the photographing of celestial objects. And at the outdoor Platform, we offer a variety of telescopes for direct viewing of the night sky.

During the day, the Starry Hill Observatory is used as a classroom to teach about telescopes and stargazing. At night it is used for actual star parties (described next).



Starry Hill Star Parties

The premier activity at Starry Hill is the Star Party -- an event in which a variety of telescopes are used to hunt down the treasures of the night sky.

Star Parties are usually scheduled for moonless, August nights when the skies are more likely to be warm and clear.

Our star parties begin in early evening while it is still light so that everyone can become familiar with the telescopes. During twilight we spend time in the planetarium learning about the targets for the evening and how to find them.

Once twilight ends and the Milky Way is glowing above, the hunt begins. Polaris, double-stars, star clusters and distant galaxies are always part of the hunt. Shooting stars often streak by and, if we are lucky, Jupiter with its many moons, or Saturn with its grand rings, will be out. Astrophotography is available to those who are interested.

Star Parties at Starry Hill can be magical, unforgettable events!


Scheduling a Visit

Starry Hill is owned and operated by two former classroom teachers who are dedicated to serving the children of the Eatonville area and surrounding communities. We offer planetarium shows, observatory tours, telescope training, stargazing events and more. Although there is no charge for our services, to schedule an event, you must be a teacher or leader of a formal school, youth, civic, church or community organization. If you are interested in bringing your group to Starry Hill, please contact us to discuss a visit.