The John Glenn Astronomy Park

Coming Closer to Reality 

Exciting news! Thanks to the generous donations of astronomy enthusiasts nationwide, we have secured over 60% of the funds needed to construct this facility, and we are planning to begin construction in Spring 2017. This facility will be a huge addition to the Hocking Hills State Park, and and it's being done without state funds or fees to those who will use it when it's completed. However, we need your help to bring the dream home.

You can do this by clicking here (a new window/tab will open.) Which will take you to the John Glenn Astronomy Park Fund page on the Foundation For Appalachian Ohio website. Once there you can read about the Fund, and learn how to make a donation online or through the mail. 

You may also make an online donation to the John Glenn Astronomy Park project through this website, simply by clicking here. Under I would like to make a contribution to: choose Astronomy Education Center, then choose the amount you would like to donate from the drop-down list, or enter your own amount in the Other Amount box. 

More information on this project can be found by clicking on the Astronomy Park tab at the top of this page. 


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Hocking Hills Dining Lodge Fire Update

On Thursday, December 8th, 2016, the iconic Hocking Hills Dining Lodge at Hocking Hills State Park in Southeastern Ohio caught fire and was destroyed. Not only did this historic structure vanish, so did a livelihood for 24 employees and their families. However, thanks to the Friends Of Hocking Hills State Park, a fundraising effort that has raised over $30,000 thus far has helped these displaced employees bridge the gap while they seek new employment. This fundraising effort will continue through January, and your donations, even in the smallest amount, can help Make a difference in terms of keeping a roof over their head and keeping the heat on until they can find other employment.

A huge "thank you" goes out to all of the individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed to this effort thus far. However, there is still an opportunity for you to contribute as well. Simply click here to make an online donation through our secure website, or send a check to: Friends Of Hocking Hills State Park, P.O. Box 101, Logan, OH, 43138. Make checks payable to FHHSP, and please write "HH Dining Lodge Employee Relief Fund" on the memo line of your check Every penny collected from this relief effort will be distributed to these employees in need.

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About Our Parks

Perhaps no other area in the state of Ohio is as wild, romantic and picturesque as Hocking Hills State Park. In the parks you will discover amazingly massive sandstone outcroppings, deep cool gorges, towering hemlocks and glistening waterfalls that characterize the Hocking region. Abundant wildlife including white-tailed deer, barred owls, ruffed grouse and an occasional bobcat make the wooded ravines and ridge tops their home. In spring, the early morning hours come alive with the gobble of the wild turkey. The lush undergrowth contains a profusion of ferns, shrubs and wildflowers including roundleaf catchfly, lady’s slipper orchids, devils walking stick and sullivantia that are some of the state’s rarest and most unusual plants.

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