Use of Grounds


Following are the procedures and application to request holding a private event at the observatory.

Please inquire about availability as soon as possible. You can contact this office at 845-365-8842 or email.

All requests to use Lamont for private events must first be approved by the Director of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. You can either contact his office through email or by formal letter. Please be very specific as to the nature and what your event will entail. Also include any and all affiliations with Lamont or Columbia University if applicable.

The fee for using Lamont grounds is $1000.00 per day, per space. Lamont Hall can only accommodate small events.  All larger events (over 50 guests) must be outside and  you must rent portable bathroom facilities. There is also a refundable deposit of $300 (returned after event).

Once your request has been approved please fill out the application and return it to this office with your deposit check of $300.00.

If you have any questions or need additional information please feel free to call:

Patricia Temple


Event Form