Welcome to the Young Astronomers Program!

Thank you for your interest in the Young Astronomers Program of the Central Valley Astronomers!  This website serves as your introduction to the Young Astronomers Program, including the requirements for applying, the competencies (skills) that they will learn, and the expectations that must be met in order to complete the program. It will also provide student resources for students participating in the program.

Application Process & Timeline

In order to apply to participate in the 2020 program year, applicants must be at least 13 and not more than 23 years of age as of September 1, 2019. Please note that minors (persons under the age of 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all Young Astronomers Program events, even if the student has a license to drive.

Your completed application form must be RECEIVED by us no later than October 31, 2019!

The application timeline is as follows:

  • September 1, 2019 – Application Period Opens
  • October 31, 2019 – Application Period Closes
  • November 1 – 15, 2019 – Applications Reviewed by Education Committee
  • November 30, 2019 – All Applicants Notified (Successful or Unsuccessful)
  • December 1 – 31, 2019 – Successful Applicants Pay $15 Student Membership Fee

Successful applicants will be notified by phone and E-Mail. Unsuccessful applications will be notified by E-Mail.

Students that are accepted into the program are required to sign up for a student membership ($15.00).  This membership fee covers the student and a parent/guardian (if required) for the entire year. Student membership fees must be received no later than December 31, 2019. You may mail a check or use the membership signup form on our website. Do not pay for your membership fees until you receive confirmation that you have been accepted into the program.