Support the Green Bank Observatory

The Green Bank Observatory, a non-profit organization, enables leading edge research at radio wavelengths by offering telescope, facility and advanced instrumentation access to the astronomy community and to other basic and applied research communities. With radio astronomy as its foundation, the Green Bank Observatory is a world leader in advancing research, innovation, and education.

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Donations to the Green Bank Observatory help us provide hands-on science education  training the next generation of engineers and scientists, and will ensure access to the Green Bank Observatory’s exhibits and tours to everyone who visits.

Making a gift to the observatory supports our Education and Public Outreach program reaching nearly 10,000 students annually. All donations and memberships can be made in honor of or in memoriam of and could make a thoughtful gift.

Green Bank Observatory is a 501(c)3 and donations are tax-deductible.

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Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support. Donors receive credit for the full gift. The impact of corporate matching support can be enormous.

Both recognized and anonymous donations are accepted  in any amount. Please call 304-456-2011 or email gro.y1716996653rotav1716996653resbo1716996653bg@sn1716996653oitan1716996653od1716996653 for more information!


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Become a Volunteer Science Ambassador


Would you like to volunteer? Our Volunteer Science Ambassadors (VSAs) support the mission of the Green Bank Observatory every day.

What do VSAs get to do? There are a variety of fun projects every day! You could: conduct science demonstrations in the Science Center lobby; answer questions about the facility and greet guests; develop special nature and educational trails, participate in beautification projects for the facility; help with Family Science Days; or maybe even create new exhibits.

Join the Green Bank Observatory team! All VSAs receive: an exclusive Green Bank Observatory ID Card and access to site recreational facilities such as the pool and fitness room; free shirts from the Galaxy Gift Shop; inclusion in employee recreation association events and employee discounts on skiing and golf; and invitations to science talks.

VSA Candidates apply via paper applications annually.  Education and Outreach staff will review applications and conduct interviews. Request an application at gro.y1716996653rotav1716996653resbo1716996653bg@sn1716996653oitan1716996653od1716996653!