|The NRAO in Green Bank, West Virginia operates a "bunkhouse" style dormitory for groups
of individuals of all ages who have educational activities arranged at
observatory facilities. The dormitory can accommodate a maximum of about
60 individuals with chaperones. There are two rooms available for chaperones
(maximum of 2 individuals per room) and two larger rooms are available
for students (maximum of 30 individuals per room).
|Room Rates and Meals|
|The charge is $10 per individual per day with a minimum of $200 per day.
A $50 deposit is also required (see Deposit Requirements below). Meals are
available in the cafeteria for a flat rate of (a) breakfast - $6, (b) lunch
- $8 and (c) dinner - $9 for student groups and (a) breakfast - $7, (b) lunch - $9, and (c) dinner - $12 for adult groups.
Dormitory reservations may not be made until the educational activities
have been requested, approved and scheduled. Contact Sue Ann Heatherly
(304) 456-2209, email) to arrange
for these activities.
Once these activities have been scheduled the coordinator for the group
must make reservations for the dormitory. This is done by accessing
the Reservations Form on the internet starting at the link GB
Reservations and by contacting Jessica Taylor email.
Reservations must be made at
least 30 days in advance of the scheduled activities
but should be completed as soon as the specific activities have been
Once the coordinator has completed the reservations form he/she must
send the $50 deposit (see Deposit Requirements below) along with a copy
of the signed Deposit
Form to Jessica Taylor (PO Box 2, Green Bank, WV 24944).
Cancellation of the dormitory
reservation is possible and must be made at least two
weeks in advance of the activities date to avoid a penalty (see Deposit
|Specific dormitory rules and use requirements will be posted in the dormitory
Some general requirements include:
- Chaperone/leaders are required to be responsible for the group behavior,
and safety. Group leaders will receive keys to the dorm, but it is the group
decision as to when the dorms are kept locked or unlocked. Remember some
individuals on site are likely to be observing at very late hours.
- Groups will provide their own sleeping bags, pillows, towels, laundry,
and toiletry needs (soap and toothpaste).
- The group is responsible for ensuring that the dormitory is left in a clean
Observatory will provide clean-up tools (mops, brooms, pails, dust pans, and
bags) in a closet accessible by the group leaders.
- There is a laundry room with washer and dryers. There is no charge for the
these machines. The Observatory will have available small package laundry soap
dispensers, from which individuals may purchase what they need for the laundry
|Full set of rules and regulations available as pdf
|A $50 deposit and a Deposit
Form signed by the chaperone or leader is required to confirm the
reservation (without the signed deposit form and $50
deposit there is NO reservation!). The signed
Deposit Form acknowledges the responsibility of the chaperone and individuals.
The deposit will be returned in full after the activities have ended unless:
- A reservation cancellation is received with less than 2 weeks notice
prior to the start of the activity start date. The deposit will be
forfeited in full.
- The group fails to properly clean the dorm at the conclusion of
their stay. The group will forfeit some
or all of their deposit.
- The group leaves the condition of furnishings and/or premises in
an unreasonably damaged state at the conclusion of their stay. The
group will forfeit some or all of their
- Key must be returned.
|Radio Frequency Interference|
All visitors should be aware that radio emissions
from common devices such as cell phones, portable computers and
other appliances can be detrimental to the on-going observations with the GBT.
There are some restrictions on the use of such
devices on the NRAO property.
|Forms, Descriptions and Contacts|