Discover the Starry Night Sky.
My stargazing programs are for two hours, and consist of an introduction to and then observing the night sky through large, easy to use telescope(s) and/or giant binoculars. Our observing location is on a 400+ acre working orange grove! This location affords beautiful, restful views of the night sky. So do something different next weekend and take your family Stargazing. Depending on the sky conditions, we may observe the moon and planets, distant galaxies millions of light-years away, wispy nebulae like Orion, star clusters, bright stars and a lot of constellations! And it's not unusual to see a meteor or the occasional satellite passing overhead.
Our Stargazing Location:
My observing site, Stargazers Field, is in Glades County, Florida. This rural area is home to quiet, winding scenic vistas and is located in cattle and orange grove country! Getting there is a gradual relaxing drive out from the city and coastal areas to a much darker and quieter inland location much more suitable to Stargazing. Depending on where you are staying, it may be one to two hours to get to Glades County.
About Your Guide Linda Jacobson:
I have been active in Southwest Florida Astronomy and Nature Education since 1979. I've worked with groups of up to 300 people during large events at various Southwest Florida non-profits including Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; "After Hours," CREW Land and Water Trust, The Bonita Nature Place and with Boy Scouts completing their Astronomy Merit Badge requirements that include observing the night sky and learning how telescopes work. I’ve offered community, individual and Home School stargazing programs for students third grade to adult. I’ve also instructed Astronomy classes as an Adjunct Instructor at the Community College level, at the Fort Myers and Punta Gorda campus. In the 1980's I worked for Spitz Space Systems as a "Ground Person" during the construction of the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium. I was also their first Planetarium Astronomer.
Featured in the following publications:
"The Florida Night Sky" by Elinor DeWire.
"A Kid's Guide To Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades" by Karen T. Bartlett.
"Circle The Center Labyrinths in Florida" by Lucy Tobias.
Past Member: The American Astronomical Society.
and numerous SWFL Newspapers since the 1980's
Gulfshore Life Magazine.
Ongoing Certifications & Continuing Education Certificates:
University of Florida IFAS Certified Florida Master Naturalist.
Cornell University Nature Education Professional Development.
Cornell University Introduction to Environmental Education Professional Development.
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