Yerkes Observatory Announces Play/Space

We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct Play/Space, an astronomy and science-inspired, fully accessible playground at Yerkes. Our astronomers and staff worked with Monstrum, based in Denmark, to design a unique 7,000 square foot, 26′ tall playground inspired by a supernova–a luminous explosion of a massive star or white dwarf triggered by runaway nuclear fusion.

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Yerkes is launching its crowdfunding challenge with the Michael D. and Jolynn Blair Family Foundation. All donations in any amount will be DOUBLED thanks to a generous challenge grant made by the Blair Family Foundation. Your $25 or $100 donation becomes $50 or $200 for Play/Space. And we have some fun awards for crowdfunding donors, too!

If Yerkes reaches our $50,000 Kickstarter goal the matching grant will double it and provide $100,000 to help us build Play/Space. And every dollar over our goal will be doubled, too, up to a total of a half million dollars.  

Thanks to the Blair family’s generosity, Yerkes has already raised nearly half of the total project budget of $1.2 million. But we’re hoping the global community of astronomy and space enthusiasts like you will help us reach our online goal of $50,000.

You can learn more and donate here

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