Organization Information

Physical Address:
14300 NW 98th St.,
Raymond, NE 68428

EIN: 47-4467998

See / Download Branched Oak Observatory’s IRS Exemption Determination Letter.

Date of Unincorporated Association: 03/25/2015

Registration of Trade Name:
Application filed with Secretary of State on 07/22/2015
Notice of Trade Name published on 07/25/2015 (Lincoln Journal Star)
Trade Name Now Closed – Filed for Non-Profit Domestic Corporation.

Date of Non-Profit Domestic Corporation: 05/28/2019
Status: Active. SOS #1905161932. Downloadable documents from the state can be found here .

Effective Date of Tax Exemption: 03/25/2015 (DLN 26053591001535)

Type of 501(c)(3): Exempt Purpose Activity-Supported Charity 509(a)(2)

Vision Statement: To be the premier destination for astronomy education in the state.

Mission Statement: To inform and inspire the public about astronomy by sharing the wonders of the night sky in an entertaining and educational way.

Although the Branched Oak Observatory is primarily a resource for the general public, we aim to provide STEM opportunities for area K-12 students in an effort to encourage the next generation of professional astronomers, scientists, and engineers. Further, we plan to work with the University of Nebraska system as well as other colleges in the area to offer observational and research opportunities for undergraduate astronomy students.

Executive Officers:

Matthew Anderson – Co-Founder/ CEO

Michael Sibbernsen – Co-Founder / Director of Education

Join Our Observatory

We are looking for volunteers who would like to not only be willing to help at star parties, but to also help behind the scenes with program development and facility construction. Whenever we get together to work on a project at Branched Oak, we send you a quick email and see if you are available.

There is no obligation. All Observatory Associates will be listed on the About Us page, and receive a free Branched Oak Observatory t-shirt. If you would like to be an Observatory Associate, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch soon.