Although it is located at Waubonsie Valley High School, the planetarium has served as the science and technology center for Indian Prairie School District 204 since it opened in 1975. Groups other than IPSD 204 schools are welcome to participate in field trips during the school year depending on availability. Other groups include, but are not limited to, school groups, private school groups, pre-school groups, homeschooling groups, youth groups, church groups, and college groups.
Field trip lessons are created and taught by a certified science teacher and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These lessons encompass the three dimensional learning of the NGSS standards while creating memorable experiences that cannot be replicated in a classroom.
To learn more about planetarium lessons for other groups, use the tabs above.
To ensure that field trips run smoothly and that all students have a positive experience, it is expected that teachers review the visit guide prior to the field trip. This visit guide will be included in the email confirmation.
Important information for making reservations:
- Cost $5 per student
- Minimum of $75 per lesson
- Seating capacity is 66 total visitors
- All lessons are 1 hour in length
- Lessons are scheduled on MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, & THURSDAYS.
- Only 2 lessons are scheduled per school day (10:30-11:30 and 11:30-12:30)
- Groups with back to back lessons on the same date can change the start times to 11:00-12:00 and 12:00-1:00
The planetarium will accept field trip requests for the 2018-19 school year starting on Tuesday September 4th, 2018. Any form submitted prior to that date will not be processed.
NOTE: Seating capacity is 66 total per lesson. This should include everyone (adults & students).