Planetarium Field Trips

From home school and charter programs to large public schools, we look forward to providing a University-quality educational experience for your school group. For more than 45 years, Fleischmann Planetarium has hosted hundreds of thousands of students on thousands of field trips. As a public science education facility specializing in atmospheric and space science and related fields, it’s our goal to increase interest, awareness and understanding of these disciplines by offering quality programs and experiences tailored to all ages and education levels.

What do Planetarium field trips include?
Field trip programs are hosted in the Dome Theatre and run approximately one hour. Each program includes a live planetarium show, planetarium presentation and Q&A with staff. The Exhibit Hall and Science Store are open during field trips. Please plan additional time if you wish to include them as part of your visit.

Let’s make your next field trip to the Planetarium a great success. 

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Planetarium Field Trip Times

Field trips are offered during Washoe County School District school year. Summer and break programs are available for multi-track schools, camps and other educational groups.

Field trips are available Monday - Friday at two times:* 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

*Field trip start times can be adjusted to accommodate your group

Planetarium Field Trip Fees

Field trips to the Planetarium include two complementary admissions for two teachers per group. All other students, teachers and chaperones tickets are $5 each. there is a minimum charge of $75 per field. trip. 

Thanks to a generous gift, limited assistance is available for schools that receive Title I funding.

Payment for the group can be made by credit card, cash or checks made payable to Board of Regents. Purchase orders from government agencies require prior approval.

Planetarium Field Trip Transportation

Transportation to Fleischmann Planetarium is not included in program fees. Contact your school for transportation arrangements in advance of your visit. Buses may drop off and pick up in the loading circle next to our building, and may park in University north lots during the field trip. Free permit parking is available in designated spaces in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level 3, just east of the Planetarium. For high-profile vehicles taller than 8 feet, please call the University’s Parking Services, (775) 784-4654, for information about required permits and parking locations.

Arrival and Departure
Please plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to show time, to allow teachers to check in and students to use the restroom. Planetarium staff will greet and direct your group to the Dome Theater or Exhibit Hall. Remember your group may be followed immediately by another. If you arrive late, we may need to adjust your presentation to accommodate the next group scheduled. For safety reasons, guests who arrive after the program has started may not be admitted.

Planetarium Field Trip Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made more than 10 working days prior to the scheduled program: No fee

Cancellations made 10 or fewer working days prior to the scheduled program: $75 fee

The cancellation fee will not apply in cases of extreme weather conditions or unresolved emergency. We will be as flexible as we can. Please call (775) 784-4812 immediately if problems arise, and feel free to call with questions any time.

Planetarium Field Trip Shows

All of our programs align to the Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) dimension of Practices in science and engineering. Each programs aligns to several of the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts, and most of our programs align to specific Disciplinary Core Ideas within the NGSS. For questions about standards alignment, please contact planetarium@unr.edu.

Pre-K and K-2 Shows

Take a lunar adventure with a curious stowaway cat. This program is a playful cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the moon, observing his human family of enthusiastic sky watchers.

This is a light-hearted look at the ancient Greek mythology behind the winter constellations filled with funny and engaging characters who will entertain and educate.

Grades K-2 and 3-5 Field Trip Shows

Imagine the ultimate space vacation! For space travelers of all ages, this search for the best destinations in the galaxy takes us to Pluto, through the rings of Saturn, across the storms of Jupiter and beyond. (24 minute version available)

Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young adventurers and experience an up-close look at each of our solar system’s planets. Discover the secret to making this seemingly impossible trip, and gain a new sense of wonder about space along the way. (30 minute version available)

Grades 3-5, Middle and High School

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE?

Based on the popular book and website “Bad Astronomy” by author Phil Plait, this wacky-but-wise show entertains audiences of all ages with an inside look at out-of-this-world myths and misconceptions, including astrology, the moon hoax, UFOs and others.

Journey through one of the most mystifying phenomena in the universe, exploring the latest discoveries and examining recent scientific theories while viewing simulations of black holes and their cosmic effects. (23 minute version available)

Discover what creatures might look like on worlds quite different from our own on this search for life on undiscovered planets where scientific theory is transformed into exotic environs with fantastic fauna never before imagined.

Dark explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80 percent of the mass of the Universe. The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time — the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from and how it has evolved over billions of years.

After three years at an astronomy research station on a dying planet, a teenager bored by science is excited about leaving — just in time before the planet’s sun explodes! Witness the power of a supernova, explore a gaseous nebula, visit exotic pulsars and keep a safe distance from a black hole.

Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young adventurers and Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landing, July 20, 1969, “Dawn of the Space Age” traces achievements in space exploration from the launch of Sputnik to magnificent lunar landings and space flights — featuring the men and women who have led us into new frontiers. (30 minute version available)

Out of devastating events in the cosmos comes new creation. Explosive phenomena are responsible for the way we see the universe today, and not all of them happen on a grand scale. The show follows the path of a proton as it participates in nature’s events of rebirth and renewal.

Join the imaginative quest for extra-solar planets in this full-dome tour of extreme Earth-like environments, from water-worlds and molten landscapes to uninhabitable moons and planets with multiple suns. (23 minute version available)

Revel in the splendor of the various worlds in the solar system and the ferocity of the scorching sun. “From Earth to the Universe” takes you beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, you will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

In celebration of the International Polar Year in 2007, “Ice Worlds” is a spectacular exploration of icebergs in the Arctic, massive glaciers and the Antarctic wilderness. Learn how science helps us discover environmental conditions that affect our future on Earth.

Learn from recent NASA explorations how asteroid hunters seek new objects in the solar system, how ground-penetrating radar finds meteorites embedded in the Earth and how these sky fliers can pose potential dangers to life on our planet.

NASA's fleet of Mars robotic explorers are paving the way for human exploration of the solar system in the coming decades. Join NASA in preparing for a monumental journey of a lifetime — to Mars!

At the Center of Miniaturized Medicine in the year 2053, you’ll shrink down to the size of a microbe and get injected into a patient who is suffering from a mysterious viral infection. As you piece together the viral clues found along the way, you’ll race against time to save the patient on a roller-coaster ride through the body.

Inspired by the goals of NASA’s Origins Program, “Oceans in Space” searches for places in the universe where conditions are favorable for life to exist. From the volcanic vents on Earth’s ocean floor, to Mars, to the Jovian moon Europa, you’ll explore the diversity of life on our planet and beyond.

Using sophisticated spacecraft, scientists have reached out to this great planet sailing by trillions of chunks of ice that make up its rings. Thanks to new findings, Saturn’s moons, rings and exotic secrets can be seen in the latest 3-D technology filling the Planetarium dome (no 3-D glasses required).

Ride on the Arthur C. Clarke Space Elevator and look through the Einstein Time Telescope at the history of our universe in this exciting adventure.

Explore science, culture and legend in the jungles of Mexico and learn how the Maya built cities and temples aligned to movements of the solar system. Mathematical knowledge helped the Maya observe astronomical events with great accuracy and develop a precise calendar.

Fly through the carotid artery, and explore the eye, brain, ear and heart. Then, shrink into a cell to see its nucleus and DNA within. Discover how DNA programs the body’s cells to form the circulatory and nervous systems. Then watch from inside as we use lasers to fight disease at the cellular level.

Part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, marking the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of an astronomical telescope, the show is a stunning historical chronicle from Galileo to the latest discoveries in space.

From the outer reaches of space and time, through wondrous galaxies, to the majesty of our solar system, take a grand tour of the universe. Learn about the major components of the cosmos.

Take an astronomical journey to ancient sites where our ancestors built great structures to examine the universe, then return to look through the eyes of modern scientists for an overview of the heavens.

More than 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy chose the moon. Today, we still can choose a trip into space to the completed International Space Station or to the moon. Prepare for an immersive full-dome adventure on the ISS or in a future moon colony.

Peer deep into space through the Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years to witness the birth of the universe, the formation of galaxies and some of the most wondrous nebulae ever discovered.