Donate Now!
Your Contributions At Work
Signup for FOTO's Update Newsletter

The following three programs are at the core of the Observatory's mission and illustrate how actively FOTO supports underprivileged students by funding both programs at Griffith Observatory, in the community, and the transportation to attend those programs. Each program supports science education and literacy for school children.


1. Adopt a Class for the School Field Trip Program


Due to budgetary cutbacks in the City Of Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory's School Field Trip Program for fifth graders that addresses state science standards was suspended. Beginning in fall 2008, FOTO committed to funding this program which costs nearly $250,000 annually. This funding enables a capacity of 30,000 school children to participate in this curriculum-based program each year, over half of whom are from schools qualifying for Title 1 funds.





2. Bus Scholarship Program


 FOTO provides funding for bus transportation so that these students may visit Griffith Observatory, a field trip unaffordable without this aid.


Make an Impact in our Community! SUPPORT FOTO





3. Cosmic Conjunction


Griffith Observatory's educational focus is to inspire personal wonder and awe in the cosmos around us. Cosmic Conjunction, a new annual event, brings together different aspects of the humanities and astronomy to enhance our understanding of the interconnectedness of the world.


In honor of the International Year of Astronomy, on October 6, 2009 FOTO presented a FREE concert (with free bus transportation provided by FOTO) at the Greek Theatre with a 67-piece orchestra for under-served middle and high school aged children. The program featured five centuries of music inspired by the night sky and concluded with the premiere of Observations, a new composition narrated live by Leonard Nimoy.


Nearly 4000 under-served youth in our community explored the

conjunction between astronomy and music. In celebration of Griffith Observatory's 75th Anniversary our latest Cosmic Conjunction took place on May 15, 2010.


A new planetarium show exploring the relationship of the Aurora Borealis myths to our current understanding of the Sun’s role in making those awesome colored skies was debuted that night. This same show will be made available to thousands of schoolchildren in the 2010/2011 school year, along with a special tour  and presentation on the Sun.


Events and Registration

At this moment there are no scheduled FOTO Events or Programs.


Please check back soon or click here to receive more information about our programs via email.

Your Contributions at Work
...and more! click here
FOTO Newsletter and Blog
...and more! click here
Visiting Griffith Observatory
...and more! click here
Looking up! Astronomy at Home
...and more! click here