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Paper: Astronomy on a Landfill
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 557
Authors: Venner, L.
Abstract: Engaging “K-to-Gray” audiences (children, families, and older adults) in astronomical activities is one of the main goals of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Center for Environmental and Scientific Education (CESE) and the William D. McDowell Observatory located in Lyndhurst, NJ, operated by Ramapo College of New Jersey. Perched atop a closed and reclaimed municipal solid waste landfill, our new LEED–certified building (certification pending) and William D. McDowell observatory will assist in bringing the goals of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) to the ∼25,000 students and ∼15,000 visitors that visit our site from the NY/NJ region each year.
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