Educators, the below will help you plan.
University class events should instead use: » University Booking Form
Teachers of all grades may bring students to the Planetarium for a presentation of their choice, and this is almost always free. Our full dome introduces students of all ages to astronomy and space science, with several shows from which to choose.
Field trips are usually scheduled weekdays during school hours. Performance times outside regular hours are available upon request for a nominal charge. You will request your trip via the online form link found near both the top and the bottom of this page.
Requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance.
How to Book a Field Trip
To create a trip to the Planetarium you will need to make some decisions, and then fill out the online form. For now, let’s plan.
1. Gather Chaperones
Our staff is too few to manage groups of students, so you will need to bring chaperones. You and the chaperones will also handle any student behavior concerns. Note that food and drink are not allowed in the Star Chamber.
2. Divide Large Groups into Sub-groups
We limit the size of student audiences to a maximum of 40, to ensure good order. To bring more than 40 guests, split your group into sub-groups of 40 with one sub-group in the Planetarium while other sub-groups are busy at an alternate campus venue (a list of recommendations is below). Then, after the initial 45 minutes or so, all groups can rotate to the next activity.
3. Other Things to do at WKU
Whether you want to do more at WKU than just the Planetarium, or if you need one sub-group in the Planetarium while the rest are elsewhere, consider the below options. We cannot guarantee these departments will be able to provide these services when you need, and you will need to contact these departments yourself. Each will communicate with you on their own, and will manage their portion of your trip on their own.
4. Look Through the Shows on Offer
Below is a scrollable list of shows with descriptions, sorted by grade range. All shows are suitable for multiple grades. You will also find a list of subjects covered by each show.
5. Other Details to Consider
Inside the Planetarium but outside the Star Chamber is the Ring Hall, full of astronomical exhibits. You may need to build time for this before or after each group sees a Star Chamber show, assuming you want to make use of exhibits. Also, groups often stay for a question period at the end of a show, so this will expand your trip time.
Fill Out the School Program Request Form
Having planned for your trip, click the link below for the online form and submit it. We will email you a reply with either a direct confirmation or a negotation on your planned date/time or perhaps the fee (should one apply).
Wheelchair Accessibility: A ramp from State St. provides access to the building's main floor. The below lots are only available on weekends or after 4:30 PM.
1) Two spots in a tiny lot behind the building, at the end of a driveway from State St. That lot is lower than the building, so it is an uphill climb.
2) Three spots in the lot between Ogden College Hall and Kelly Thompson Hall.
3) The large parking lots on top of College Heights Blvd. The path from there is down hill.