Make a Donation to 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.

4H Scholar Student PicDonations to the Green Bank Observatory will aid in providing hands-on science education  training the next generation of engineers and scientists,  cutting edge radio science technology to the scientific community, 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 daily operation and mission including our Education and Public Outreach program reaching nearly 10,000 students annually. All donations and memberships can be made in honor or in memorium of and make a thoughtful gift.

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


Individual Memberships – $100/year or $10/month. This will ensure you receive:

  • a quarterly members-only newsletter featuring recent science results
  • information about upcoming member events
  • one free Green Bank Observatory t-shirt
  • a Green Bank Observatory membership card
  • 10% discount in the Galaxy Gift Shop each time you shop
  • and free tours for the card holder and 1 guest during regularly-scheduled tours.

Family Memberships – $150/year or $15/month in an annual commitment. This will ensure you receive:

  • a quarterly members-only newsletter featuring recent science results
  • information about upcoming member events
  • two free Green Bank Observatory t-shirts
  • a Green Bank Observatory membership card
  • 10% discount in the Galaxy Gift Shop each time you shop
  • And free tours for the card holder and up to 4 additional guests during regularly-scheduled tours.

Friends of the Observatory Membership –Gifts of $350/year or $35/month or more include:

  • all the benefits of the Family Memberships
  • personal invitation for Member and Guest to our annual Green Bank Observatory Lecture
  • invitation for Member and Guest to dinner with the lecturer and site staff.

Friends of the Observatory Cygnus Club Membership – Gifts of $1,500 or more annually. Includes all the above plus:

  • a personalized behind-the-scene tours for yourself and up to 10 additional people,which includes time with a Green Bank Observatory staff astronomer to learn about recent discoveries, exclusive Q&A and activities around the site
  • recognition in our newsletter, website and brochure.
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Cygnus $10,000+ Club –  includes Bequests, Planned Giving, Research Foundation and gifts in Honor or in Memorium of accepted. Please call or request information about this opportunity.

Non-Membership Donations

Both recognized and anonymous donations are accepted  in any amount. We can tailor offerings to meet your charitable gift. Please call 304-456-2011 or email for more information!


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Become a Volunteer Science Ambassador

ballroom-and-elissa-and-staff-018Would 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 today!

Subscribe to our Quarterly Newsletter

Want to know what is happening in the world of radio astronomy? Interested in how the Green Bank Observatory is expanding our knowledge of the Universe? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest information delivered directly to your email inbox!

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