The Fremont Peak
volunteers spread the word about the wonder of the night
sky, educate the public through presentations and
observing sessions, and provide quality observatory
is a favorite destination of families as well as school,
scout, and church groups. Each year over 2,000 members
of the public are treated to a free, personalized
multimedia presentation by a FPOA astronomer as the
Saturday evening sun sets over the Pacific. As darkness
falls and the stars emerge, they gaze in wonder at night
sky splendors through the eyepiece of the 30" diameter
telescope, and a variety of sophisticated amateur
telescopes, before returning to their campsites and
homes. If you have never seen the the Milky Way under
dark skies away from city light
pollution, come visit
us to see
why astronomers have been traveling to Fremont
Peak State Park for decades.
part of our mission, we collaborate with schools in the
Monterey Bay, Hollister, and San Francisco Bay area to
tailor a rich educational experience for K-12 and
college students, both through field trips to Fremont
Peak, and classroom presentations. We also provide information
for School Teachers on ways to supplement
their curriculum with local astronomy-related resources.
FPOA provides Salinas-based Hartnell College
students internship opportunities as part of their Science/Math
Summer Internship Program. You can read
about the 2008 program here
(we have a great group of new interns this year too).
the public and educators, FPOA serves professional and
serious amateur astronomers, philanthropists, and
the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Here is more information on our business
model and values.
Fremont Peak Observatory opened
in 1986, and has operated every summer since,
despite having battled the frequently brutal weather on
the 3,000 foot peak. Devoted volunteer astronomers
continue to maintain the observatory and "Challenger"
telescope, contributing time, energy, and money,
to keep Fremont Peak Observatory one of the finest
amateur-operated astronomy centers in the United States.
Observatory is open to the public for scheduled
viewing and educational programs from April through
October on Saturday evenings that don't conflict with a
Contact Fremont Peak Observatory
Recorded Message: 831-623-2465
Email: info at fpoa dot net
PO Box 1376
San Juan Bautista, California 95045
Typical hours of operation
(Varies depending on weather and availability)
8 PM to midnight on public
Noon to midnight on days
of solar programs.
At other times leave a message on our answering
Latitude and Longitude:
36.7602 N 121.4987 W
36 45.614' N 121 29.922' W
36 45' 36.8" N 121 29' 55.4" W
from some of our fans...
"A classmate and I were talking about how much
fun the trip was and how seeing Saturn made the
whole trip worh it. I see myself going more in
the future just for fun. I learned more from
talking to the guys out there. What makes it so
nice is that they do this for fun and they are
all volunteers and really enjoy this. You can
tell when we were all talking to them, this is
something they are really passionate about."
"On the way back all we could talk about was how
amazing everything looked. Even though the road
back home was really long, it didn't matter
because the experience was great. I didn't know
a place like this existed, where one can come
and look at the sky and learn many things. I
LOVED IT SO MUCH! That I am going back to take
my son and family."
"The presentation that I found very interesting
was Rob's because the passion is so intense
about astronomy...The astronomers were
approachable and gave us a lot of information
about their line of work and what they have
found in their careers. My experience about this
trip was an eye opener for myself and my
parents, and we talked about how exciting it was
to observe the ring around Saturn."
Fremont Peak State Park:
831-623-4255 or Web
Camping Reservations (Primitive):
$15 peak, $11 non-peak.
800-444-7275 or ReserveAmerica