Be a Friend of the SkyCenter
Mission of the Friends
To provide Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter (SkyCenter) with financial support from individuals and public and private foundations in order to advance the mission of SkyCenter—to provide unique educational experiences in our sky island setting to all ages.
Why do we need the Friends of SkyCenter?
Science literacy is critical to the future of this nation and the world. Education in schools alone is not engaging and training students for the 21st century world. Informal science education— especially science centers and museums— complements school learning and inspires both children and adults to learn more to create new scientific break-throughs and solutions for our world.
Educational facilities raise money to provide activities and programs for people. While some of our money comes from ticket sales to our programs, and some comes from governmental and private foundation grants, we need to raise approximately one-third from memberships and donations.
Specific areas of need include camp scholarships, equipment, programmatic operational support and capital investments and a named fellowship/scholarship with its goal to emphasize science education.
Friends Dollars go to support
- Program Development
- Hands-on Materials
- Scholarships for Students
- Support for Student Trainees
SkyCenter and its sister UA Science programs offer programs on sliding scales based on ability to pay. Contributions from Friends make the unique and often life-changing experiences possible for many.
Annual SkyCenter Membership Levels
|SkyCenter Society Membership||$1,000||Special event, contributor listing annually, two Gift Certificates for Evening Presentation and a signed astrophotographic print acquired from the Schulman Telescope.|
|SkyCenter Select Society||$4,000||Special event, contributor listing annually, four Gift Certificates for Evening Presentation, a signed astrophotographic, museum-wrapped canvas print acquired from the Schulman Telescope, and a behind-the-scences visit to UA Science facilities.|
|SkyCenter Life-time Observers||$10,000||All benefits of SkyCenter Select members plus individualized benefits and access.|
All members receive the UA Science Newsletter and receive notice of special events.
Companies can contribute to specific scholarships, programs and events as well as provide annual support. Benefits are based on level of gifts. Portions of these memberships are tax-deductible. Sky Island Membership automatically invites you to become a member of the College of Science Galileo Circle. If would like to become a member of the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, complete our contact form and we will contact you.
You may also donate to the Mt Lemmon SkyCenter through the UA Foundation website. Under the Donation Information section select “Other” and add Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter. Your donation will be processed by the UA Foundation and you will receive a letter acknowledging you donation.
Life-time and Founding Members
- William and Barbara Bickel
- Richard Caris
- Nick Hanauer
- Sid and Gloria Leach
- Joseph and Dixie Schulman
- Jon Shallop and Anne Beiter
- Bruce and Dolores T.