Science Outreach Activities


Science is the key to understanding the world around us and should be accessible to everyone! At SUNY Oneonta, we’re passionate about providing people of all ages and backgrounds hands-on opportunities to interact with and learn scientific concepts by experimenting, testing and even playing. Whether it’s being able to identify a constellation as you look up at the night sky, learning how to take better care of our planet, or dreaming up a new invention, our free science-themed resources, events and spaces on campus invite area community members to explore, learn and make amazing discoveries together.

Science Discovery Center

The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center has been connecting visitors of all ages and abilities to the joy of scientific discovery since 1988. Located in the Physical Science Building on campus, this free, hands-on museum has interactive exhibits, live demonstrations and exciting special events and programming. The Science Discovery Center is open to the public four days a week and accepting reservations for school, scout and other group visits.

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SUNY Oneonta’s planetarium, located in the basement of Perna Science Building, has been presenting live shows under its dome for more than 50 years. Thanks to the planetarium's state-of-the-art digital projection system, visitors can enjoy amazing views of constellations in the night sky, take a trip to the other side of the galaxy and back, or watch a full-dome simulation or movie.

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The SUNY Oneonta Observatory at College Camp is home to a computerized 1-meter (40 inch) f/4 Newtonian reflector- the largest optical telescope in NY state! Currently, we are using the Observatory for campus events and student research. If public viewing events become available, we will post them on the observatory page.

Emmons Pond Interpretive Hike

The Emmons Pond Interpretive Trail is a project of the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, created in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. Trail content was written and edited by Johanna Mollitor, Emma Sarnacki, and Doug Reilly. With expert guidance from Donna Vogler, Ph.D.

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