Get immersed in nature at ‘Day at Dyer’ Aug. 10

Employee Appreciation is partnering with the Division of Public Affairs to host a free event at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory for university employees and their families.

A “Day at Dyer” is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature fun activities for both children and adults.

“Wow!” is a common exclamation heard at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.

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People say it when they look through the Seyfert telescope and observe spectacular views, like the rings of Saturn or craters on the moon. They also say it when they step onto the observatory’s grounds.

“Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a truly unique resource for learning and science outreach located atop one of Nashville’s tallest peaks in a beautiful natural setting,” said Nathan Green, interim vice chancellor for public affairs. The observatory, an office of the Division of Public Affairs, is surrounded by scenic Radnor Lake State Park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Join the Dyer Observatory staff for an afternoon of science, learning and fun for the entire family and take advantage of this exceptional Tennessee treasure,” Green said.

The Aug. 10 Day at Dyer event will feature physics experiments, educational activities and solar telescope viewing opportunities. Employee Appreciation will provide snacks and beverages.

Special Events

  • 1 p.m. – Owl Encounter
  • 2 p.m. – Liquid nitrogen ice cream
  • 3 p.m. – Meet Galileo
  • Snacks and beverages provided


  • Observatory tour
  • Star Chamber tour
  • Solar telescope
  • Star wheels
  • UFO bounce house

Employees are encouraged to speak with their managers about utilizing the summer flex schedule or using PTO time to attend the event. Day at Dyer is free to all university employees and their families.

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is located at 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027. Free parking is available. Be sure to bring your Vanderbilt ID.

Download the Day at Dyer flyer to post in your area.

Questions? Contact Human Resources, or visit