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  • FoLO outreach at the annual STEAM event at Reed-Hillview Airport. Photo by Bob Kibrick.

Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO)

Since its founding, Lick Observatory has enjoyed the good will of those who are inspired by the cosmos.From James Lick himself, to philanthropists who funded the Lick eclipse expeditions that verified Einstein's theory of general relativity, friends throughout history have been an indispensable part of Lick's success.

Today, the Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program offers members an opportunity to participate in the Lick community and enjoy special connections with the telescopes, scientists, and science programs. FoLO also supports Lick Observatory through fund-raising and community outreach.

Memberships funds support project at Lick Observatory for current and future generations to enjoy by:

  • Preserving history
  • Enhancing facilities
  • Launching public programs
  • Supporting UC students
  • Developing new technology
  • Building new telescopes

Benefits

We have packages to suit a variety of budgets.


Celestial Circle - $50

Student/Senior (65 & older): $30
Family (Two Adults & Children under 18): $75

Benefits include:

  • Membership Card
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • 10%-off Coupon for Lick Gift Shop
  • Lick Observatory souvenir
  • Participation in Association of Science Technology Centers Passport Program
  • Advance Tickets for Summer Public Events

Nebula Circle - $150

Benefits include:

  • Membership Card
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • 10%-off Coupon for Lick Gift Shop
  • Lick Observatory souvenir
  • Participation in Association of Science Technology Centers Passport Program
  • Advance Tickets for Summer Public Events
  • Plus: Priority Seating for Summer Public Events
  • Plus: Exclusive Set of Laurie Hatch Lick Observatory Note Cards

Galaxy Circle - $500

Benefits include:

  • Membership Card
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • 10%-off Coupon for Lick Gift Shop
  • Lick Observatory souvenir
  • Participation in Association of Science Technology Centers Passport Program
  • Exclusive Set of Laurie Hatch Lick Observatory Note Cards
  • Advance Tickets for Summer Public Events
  • Priority Seating for Summer Public Events
  • Plus: Two General Admission Tickets to a Music of the Spheres Concert
  • Plus: Priority Telescope Viewing at Lick Summer Public Programs

Supernova Circle - $1000

Benefits include:

  • Membership Card
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • 10%-off Coupon for Lick Gift Shop
  • Lick Observatory souvenir
  • Participation in Association of Science Technology Centers Passport Program
  • Exclusive Set of Laurie Hatch Lick Observatory Note Cards
  • Advance Tickets for Summer Public Events
  • Priority Seating for Summer Public Events
  • Two General Admission Tickets to a Music of the Spheres Concert
  • Priority Telescope Viewing at Lick Summer Public Programs
  • Plus: Invitation to Exclusive Member Event

Quasar Circle - $2500

Benefits include:

  • Membership Card
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • 10%-off Coupon for Lick Gift Shop
  • Lick Observatory souvenir
  • Participation in Association of Science Technology Centers Passport Program
  • Exclusive Set of Laurie Hatch Lick Observatory Note Cards
  • Advance Tickets for Summer Public Events
  • Priority Seating for Summer Public Events
  • Two General Admission Tickets to a Music of the Spheres Concert
  • Priority Telescope Viewing at Lick Summer Public Programs
  • Invitation to Exclusive Member Event
  • Plus: Private Tour of Lick Observatory by Astronomer

James Lick Society - $5000

Benefits include:

  • Membership Card
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • 10%-off Coupon for Lick Gift Shop
  • Lick Observatory souvenir
  • Participation in Association of Science Technology Centers Passport Program
  • Exclusive Set of Laurie Hatch Lick Observatory Note Cards
  • Advance Tickets for Summer Public Events
  • Priority Seating for Summer Public Events
  • Two General Admission Tickets to a Music of the Spheres Concert
  • Priority Telescope Viewing at Lick Summer Public Programs
  • Invitation to Exclusive Member Event
  • Plus: Private Viewing Session at the Great Lick Refractor
  • Plus: Invitation to the Director's Reception

Join the family.

Memberships are good for one year and benefits may be changed or substituted without notice. As is customary, a small portion of every gift is used for administration. The remaining 94% of your gift goes directly to Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO). Your gift is tax deductable; the UC Santa Cruz Foundation TAX ID number is 23-7394590. Friends of Lick Observatory (FOLO) is overseen by the Lick Observatory Council, a dedicated group of scientists, business entrepreneurs, and long-time supporters working to ensure a long-term, healthy future for Lick Observatory.

Join FOLO now

Please note: All gifts to Lick Observatory are processed through the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. By clicking the button below, you will be taken to the UC Santa Cruz Foundation site. Be sure to indicate your gift is to benefit the Lick Observatory.Thank you for your dedication and support.