Skokie Valley Astronomers is a club devoted to amateur astronomy. We meet at 8 PM on the second Friday of every month at the Welcome Center of Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area (also known as Ryerson Woods) in Deerfield, IL, a part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
All of our meetings are open to the public. You're invited!
Click here for a map and directions.
Our meetings usually start with a presentation on some aspect of astronomy, and then we move outside for viewing the sky if the weather permits. Many of our members bring telescopes to each meeting, and they love to let everyone have a look. If you're interested in amateur astronomy, or even if you're just curious, please come to one of our meetings.
Click here to find out if a meeting has been cancelled. The notice will be updated before 3 PM on the day of the meeting.
The Ryerson Woods web site has a detailed map of the park itself. Choose "Trail Map" or "Directions" under "Maps".
Ryerson Woods Welcome Center
21950 N Riverwoods Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
Longitude: West 87.91556° = 87° 54′ 56″
Latitude: North 42.18194° = 42° 10′ 55″
Altitude: 200 m = 656 ft
Weather for Ryerson Woods from weather.gov: reporting site near 42.18N, 87.92W.
The Skokie Valley Astronomers club is a member of
The Astronomical League
The North-Central Region of the Astronomical League (NCRAL) provides a newsletter, Northern Lights. Click on the Newsletter Archive link of the NCRAL Welcome page.
The Skokie Valley Astronomers club is a charter member of the
Affiliates Program at the
. Through this program, the Adler hopes to cultivate strong
relationships with local astronomical societies and groups.
Adler Affiliates receive museum benefits for their organizations
and individual members in exchange for support of Adler priority
projects, including membership, volunteers, public astronomical
viewing, publicity, and community relations.