COVID-19 Safety Operations

In response to the health concerns posed by COVID-19, the Green Bank Observatory has postponed all public programs and events, and closed the Science Center to visitors.

Virtual tours, live streams, and video updates on Observatory news and education are being offered, tune in here.

Have questions? View our FAQs.

As this situation continues to evolve, please check back for updates.

Update: November 18th, 2020

The Science Center, café, and gift shop remain closed to visitors.

Visit the Galaxy Gift Shop online.

Try these educational resources and activities at home.

Local food orders are available for pick-up from the cafeteria Monday-Friday. Orders can be placed between 10am to 3:30pm. Last pickup time is 4:00pm. Call the cafeteria directly to hear the daily special and to place your order at 304-456-2252.

We encourage self guided walking tours on site, please maintain social distancing. Hiking and biking are welcome. An observation deck to view the Green Bank Telescope is located in the Jansky Lab parking lot. You can download and print a map for a self guided walking tour here.

Learn more about biking onsite here.

Our instruments are extremely sensitive, and many operate 24-hours a day. Smart phones, digital cameras, fitness trackers, and other electronic devices can interfere with observations. Our scientists thank you for leaving these powered off in your vehicle!

Educational groups scheduled for visits and programs in 2020 that are affected by this closure will be contacted directly. Virtual visits are being offered for groups, learn more here. If you have questions, please contact our Education staff directly at

No new reservations for on-site, in-person educational programs will be taken for 2020.

The dates for 2021 educational programs, such as special on-site tours and scout weekends, will be made available by the fall of 2020.

Please see NRAO’s website for the latest information on how their operations are being modified to meet the health concerns of COVID-19.

The following events have been cancelled:

  • EPO Open House
  • Space Race Rumpus
  • Turkey Trot
  • StarQuest
  • All onsite tours, including public tours, high tech tours, and SETI tours
  • Star Labs
  • Star Parties
  • Scout Weekends
  • Family Science Labs

Unfortunately, we do not have a reopen date set for the science center, nor a restart date for tours, but those will be announced on the website and our social media pages once it’s decided.