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EAC’s Discovery Park Campus seeks volunteers for MGIO telescope visits

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EAC’s Discovery Park Campus seeks volunteers for MGIO telescope visits

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus is now seeking volunteers for the Mt. Graham International Observatory (MGIO) visits this summer. “Discovery Park Campus is the official visitor’s center for the MGIO and is contracted to conduct education outreach visits up Mt. Graham to the three observatories,” says the dean of Discovery Park Campus, Harry Swanson.

“If you have ever wanted to see and become a part of the world’s most powerful telescope (Large Binocular Telescope), the Vatican Advanced Telescope (VATT), or the Arizona Radio Observatory, (ARO) you have that opportunity now,” continues Swanson. “We are seeking volunteers to become drivers and guides to conduct these visits. You may only be asked to participate every few weeks during the summers. The all-day trips are conducted on Fridays, Saturdays, and some specially arranged days, and we will be sure to work with your schedule in asking you to drive or conduct MGIO visits.” He adds that, on the days that they work, drivers and guides will receive a free lunch.

“Not only will you learn about the flora, fauna, and geology of Mt. Graham, you will discover some amazing things about the world's largest single mount telescope,” says Swanson. “It is truly rewarding to be able to share the science of our area with visitors. You will love this.”

All volunteers will be trained on Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuition for this one-credit training class will be waived if you take a group to MGIO. The MGIO visitation season runs from mid-May through October. “If you’re interested in volunteering for this unique opportunity,” says Swanson, “we’d love to have you!”