2020 Conference Registration Fees and Lodging

REGISTRATION FEES (Lodging is NOT included)

 SARA Conference- Sunday August 1 thru Tuesday August 4, 2020

$195.00           Includes

  • 8 meals beginning Sunday dinner through Wednesday breakfast
  • morning coffee breaks
  • afternoon snack breaks
  • snacks in the Drake Lounge
  • membership dues to June 2021 ($20)
  • printed and electronic copy of 2020 Proceedings

(Note: Lifetime members and accompanying non-members should not include $20 individual annual membership fee. For them registration fee is $175.00)


$100.00             Spouse or non-participating guest for 8 meals and Drake Lounge only.

(Note: In case of cancellation, SARA reserves the right to determine the method of repayment) 


SARA Membership Dues June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021

$20.00 Individual

$  5.00 Student

 Because the SARA Conferences require quite a bit of advance planning, early registration is encouraged. Please register by July 1, 2020.  All registrations received after that date, or walk-in registrations, will be assessed an additional 15% late registration fee.


Payment of Conference Fees:


Complete Registration form and submit payment by check, money order, PayPal or credit card.

 Special Dietary Needs

 If you need a special diet; i.e. diabetic, gluten free, food allergies, etc. please include this information in an e-mail to treas_at_radio-astronomy_dot_org.


NRAO Dorm Rooms:

 We have reserved 16 dorm rooms at GBO Residence Hall which are assigned in the following priority: 

  1. Attendees with disabilities / special circumstances
  2. Conference Speakers
  3. Conference Organizers
  4. SARA Officers and Board Members
  5. All others

Dorm room rates as of March 2020 are single $75.00, double $90.00 plus 6% sales tax, these rates are subject to change by NRAO. These rooms are on the second floor accessed by stairs (no elevator.) Dorm rooms have hard wire internet access in each room.

Making Reservations for GBO Lodging

The SARA Treasurer makes the room assignments.

Registration must be paid before rooms will be reserved.

Do not call NRAO asking about these rooms. 

If you would like to book a room, contact our Treasurer at http://www.radio-astronomy.org/contact/Treasurer


 Other Lodging Options

·         Boyer Motel: (304)456-4667 (5 miles) Boyer is "adequate" to "very basic", more of a mom and pop's local motel.

·         Snowshoe: 304-572-6520 The Inn at Snowshoe offers economy hotel rooms, one bedroom, and two bedroom units located at the base of Snowshoe Mountain.877-441-4386 About a 45 minute drive from Greenbank.

A good new website about the area is http://www.naturesmountainplayground.com//

There are a few Bed & Breakfasts within reasonable driving distance:


Jim Sky and Andrea Peace have stayed a couple times at:


Buffalo Run Lodge
HC 63, Box 38C
Arbovale, West Virginia 24915
(304) 456-3036
Toll Free: (800) CALL WVA (225-5982)
Email: buffalorunlodge@yahoo.com
Hosts: Bruce and Carol Stewart


It's a bit off the road, so Jim suggests calling first for directions. They called it "rustic but fun".



There is a campground beside the Boyer Motel for those wanting to make it a family camping vacation. (304)456-4667I, (Note: NRAO policy does not allow overnight "parking lot camping" in RVs on their facility.)