In this, the Year of Astronomy, Bruce County is coming into its own
as a world-recognized, dark-sky region.
At the Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies
(known in the area as the OEC), located outside Oliphant and Sauble
Beach, Ontario, education includes not only environmental learning
but is expanding to the Universe with a partnership with the Bruce
County Astronomical Society.
The facility (OEC) is on the doorstep of the UNESCO-designed, 128
hectare Niagara Escarpment World Bioshphere Reserve of the Bruce
The Society is made up of "...stargazers from Bruce/Grey Counties
and beyond, amateurs of all ages and simply admirers of the night
sky and those who enjoy sharing their hobby with others ...".
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With telescopes of various sizes, the society offers the public a chance
to see the universe from a bird's eye view. "We have a fantastic 12-inch
diamater telescope donated by the University of Guelph," says Society
Vice-President John Hlynialuk, "along with several other smaller ones."
Hlynialuk is also giving a series of lectures each Wednesday at 7:30
p.m. at the OEC site with each including night-sky viewing. "This is a
series for beginners," he explains. "We hope to encourage interest in
astronomy and also preservation of the dark-sky philosophy to help
eliminate light pollution. Once people really see the night sky and
things like the Milky Way clearly, they appreciate what the Universe is
Each lecture is $15 or $60 for the entire four-weeks. For your chance at
a glimpse into the Universe,, phone 519-371-0670
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