The ESSL is Embarking on a New Fund Raising Campaign

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Earth and Space Science Laboratory -2.0



A new fundraising campaign is underway and a fund has been opened at the Community Foundation of Frederick County. The "Earth and Space Science Lab -2.0" fund has a goal to raise $200,000 over the course of the next three years.



It is hard to believe but it was almost 5 years ago that the doors opened to the new ESSL. During that time over 100,000 students and parents have attended school lessons and public shows. 


The new facility is still dynamic, and in excellent shape. New displays and exhibits have been added every year. 
However, we are experiencing signs of wear and tear in specific areas- most notably the digital hardware and software in the Planetarium.

The majority of funds donated to this new fund will go toward the future replacement of new digital equipment and software which will allow us to continue to show full dome shows and produce our own activites for students and the general public. 
If monies remain they will be used to:
  • replace and repair aquariums
  • help in maintaining the Natelli Observatory
  • repair the sound system in the planetarium


We are asking for your financial and promotional support of this new campaign. There are a variety of ways you can help.

1) Make a tax deductible donation to the Community Foundation of Frederick County. A variety of giving levels will be featured. Your donations will also be used to help obtain matching grants and matching contributions and will be recognized on our donor wall. 

2) Attend and support many of the special future events being promoted by the ESSL
  • Seasonal events
  • New planetarium shows
  • Laser light shows
All proceeds from these events will go into the ESSL restricted savings account for these future purchases and repairs. 


Contribution Information
ESSL Phone: 240-236-2694
Mailing Address:
210 Madison St.
Frederick, MD, 21703

The Community Foundation of Frederick County online giving link