Info on Volunteering and Donating


The New England Fall Astronomy Festival is organized and run by a committee of dedicated volunteers that includes UNH students, alumni, staff, local educators and amateur astronomers. We are always looking for new interested and enthusiastic volunteers to help with preparation, planning, fundraising, promotion and marketing, and of course manpower prior, during, and after the festival itself. If you're interested in volunteering with the New England Fall Astronomy Festival, please


The New England Fall Astronomy Festival is an Education and Public Outreach (EPO) event hosted by the UNH Physics Department with the help of the University of New Hampshire and support from local businesses, educational centers, and organizations. NEFAF would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

We at the UNH Observatory believe that a key element of the University of New Hampshire’s responsibility to the state is to engage the community and provide educational opportunities and outreach to families and citizens in the Seacoast region and beyond and we think NEFAF is a perfect example of UNH's commitment to that responsibility. Since the success of the first New England Fall Astronomy Festival in October 2011, which attracted over 500 guests between the festival’s two days and nights and exposed families from around the Seacoast and beyond to the UNH Observatory and the excitement and fun of astronomy, we aim at making the New England Fall Astronomy Festival bigger and better, but to do that we need support from local businesses and members of the community, like you. As always, the goal of NEFAF is to offer a program that creates an immersive weekend of astronomy-related activities and experiences for children, families, and people of all ages and expertise.

If you're interested in supporting the New England Fall Astronomy Festival there are several ways you can contribute:

Monetary Donation

This is the biggest and most direct way to contribute to the New England Fall Astronomy Festival is to make a charitable, tax-deductible monetary donation. Donors will be recognized on our website and at the event and please remember, any contribution you can make would be greatly appreciated.

There are several levels of sponsorship, but of course all contributions are greatly appreciated:

  • Lunar Sponsor ($50)
  • Planetary Sponsor ($250)
  • Stellar Sponsor ($500-$1,000)
  • Galactic Sponsor ($1,000-$2,500)
  • Universal Sponsor ($2,500+)

Any individual, family, or business interesting in helping to sponsor the New England Fall Astronomy Festival should for more details.

Raffle Prize Donation

One of our favorite parts of the New England Fall Astronomy Festival is the great prizes which we raffle off. Past raffle prizes have included multiple telescopes and accessories, Starry Night software, UNH windshirts, and autographed Red Sox collectibles. If you or your business is interested in donating an item or items for our raffle, please email .