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Haggart Astronomical Observatory In Oregon City


The Haggart Observatory is located at Clackamas Community College's Environmental Learning Center on the Oregon City campus. It originally opened in 1989, and as with many projects at the college, its construction was the result of strong community support, including donated and repurposed materials, financial contributions, and countless volunteer hours. Learn about our history.

Through a valued partnership with Rose City Astronomers (RCA), a local amateur astronomy club, we are able to provide viewing opportunities for the public several times a year. Attendees get to observe the night sky through a beautiful 24-inch Newtonian reflector telescope, located in the observatory dome, as well as through several portable telescopes that are placed on the observatory deck. RCA volunteers guide stargazers and ensure that everyone gets to see a sampling of objects that are viewable on that particular date. Learn about our telescopes.


Attendance is limited to 20 people per viewing, which lasts for about one hour. This ensures that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience and plenty of time for viewing and learning from RCA guides. For this reason, we ask that you pre-register for events. The cost is $10 per adult or $8 per child (12 years or younger).


Due to COVID-19, all scheduled 2020 summer and fall events have been canceled.

For registration information, please email [email protected]


Clackamas Community College is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City 97045. We are located near the intersection of Hwy 213 and Beavercreek Road, about three miles south of Interstate-205 (Exit 10).

The Environmental Learning Center is on the northeast edge of campus. The easiest route is to use the back entrance to the campus, off of Beavercreek Road. Take a right on Douglas Loop, and then another right onto Inskeep Drive. A sign for the Environmental Learning Center can be seen at its entrance, with parking available just past the entrance.

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