Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory

Camp Joy, 10117 Old CCC Rd, Clarksville, OH 45113

Stargazing doesn’t have to be out of this world. It’s right here at Camp Joy, located east of Waynesville and Lebanon, near Clarksville.

The Warren County Astronomical Society partnered with Camp Joy and the Area Progress Council of Warren County to enable kids and adults to see far beyond their neighborhoods.

  • Built by the students of the Warren County Career Center, the observatory was dedicated on October 3, 2014.
  • The state-of-the-art facility features a retractable roof, an outdoor education plaza, and a warm room so the observatory can be used year-round.
  • The 11-inch refracting telescope was designed, built, and donated by Jeff Blazey of Lebanon, a WCAS founder and past president. WCAS retains ownership of and maintains the telescope and astronomical equipment.

Camp Joy’s Outdoor Education and Camp programs utilize the facility to explore the wonders of the universe and enhance their knowledge of science, math, and engineering. It’s an educational, hands-on experience for all ages that is truly “out of this world”.

Members of WCAS share access to the observatory on weekends, train camp staff, provide night-sky tours to the public, and train at the Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory.