Our field trip for schools ONLY are open. Register below.
- About Us
- Hours of Operation
- Public Evening Shows - Buy Tickets Here!
- Field Trips - Reserve Online Now!
Capturing the passion and curiosity of children, teenagers, and adults, the planetarium is a beautiful domed theater with a focus on science education for schools and the community. Under the leadership of Jack Schreder, our unique facility opened in 1979.
Spitz IQ 2400 projector was installed in 12/2019. 4x brighter and 4x higher resolution than the previous projector! Thanks to the SCOE Board and Friends of Schreder Planetarium for sharing the cost
10-meter domed theater with 63 seats, hands-on exhibits, and a gift shop
The only planetarium in the north state
The Friends of Schreder Planetarium also manages the gift shop and provides volunteers for evening programs.
Schreder Planetarium is about “more than just space.”
Field trips for K-8 students on many subjects from engineering to adaptations to stars
5 fun, easy lessons that support the science standards are supplied to teachers. Lesson 3 is the actual field trip.
Evening programs include demonstrations, a Starry Night presentation, two shows, and time to explore exhibits and the gift shop
Our programs include eleven “pure space” shows, three that blend space with other topics, and seven that cover other fascinating science topics.
Contact us at (530) 225-0243 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Schreder Planetarium is currently only open for limited school field trips due to COVID requirements. Typically we are open to the public for evening programs every other Friday at 7:00 p.m. See the tab "Public Evening Shows - Buy Tickets Here!"
The planetarium is only to the public during programs. We have no regular hours.
Schreder Planetarium is currently closed to the public.
We will make an announcement here and on our Facebook page when we are able to offer public programs again. Thank you for your patience.
When we are open:
Shows begin at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $10 each.
Children under 5 may enter for free with a paying adult if they are sitting on the adult's lap during the show.
No late admittance. (we lock the door for security and to maintain darkness)
No refunds. You may transfer your tickets to a friend if you are unable to attend.
Please bring your photo ID with you to the show to verify your registration. Tickets will not be mailed to you, and you do not need to print out your email confirmation.
3/13/20 CANCELLED NASA Journeys (4 short shows: NASA Flight to the Moon, NASA Journey to Mars, NASA Future of Human Exploration, and Citizen Sky
Field Trips have Resumed for May 2021
To take a field trip from good to GREAT, use our lessons! Our lessons are easy, engaging, and written by our NGSS experts. Without the pre/post lessons, the experience is dramatically diluted. Schreder Planetarium’s pre-lessons and post-lessons make the trip into an engaging story - a mini-unit aligned to NGSS. Typically there are two lessons done prior to the trip, the field trip is the third lesson, and there are two lessons provided post-trip. You will be emailed a link to the lessons.
Field trip minimum is 15 students, maximum is 27 students (see below). If you have less than 15 students you will need to register and pay for 15. Please note that our usual minimum 0f 25 has been changed temporarily to 15 to support our local small schools during the pandemic.
All field trips are at 9:00.
Strict COVID-defined seating
- 27 planetarium seats (best for students)
- 5 folding chairs at the edges (good for chaperones
- 5 standing spots at the back (chaperones only)
Our programs include:
- Pre-lessons and post-lessons that make the trip into a mini-unit aligned to the NGSS.
- An introduction with demonstrations and/or models that enhance the topic.
- A “night sky+” presentation, also focused on the topic.
- The fulldome show itself.
- The gift shop and exhibits are closed during the pandemic
We do not see our field trips as "shows". We see this as a 5-lesson program with one of the lessons being the field trip of about 60-75 minutes that includes a fulldome film. Our goal is to create a complete experience that supports your classroom teaching in science, math, and ELA. Teachers who use the pre-lessons will receive a free science-related gift they can use in their classroom such as a plasma ball, cartesian jellyfish divers, polymer snow, balancing bird puzzle, and more.
Kindergarten and T-K - Weather Changes and Patterns (fulldome film: Zula Patrol: Under the Weather)
First Grade - Investigating Patterns in the Sky (fulldome film: Earth, Moon, and Sun)
Second Grade - NEW! Not available until fall of 2021. You might enjoy the first-grade program now.
Third Grade* - Adaptations with Engineering Design (fulldome film: Cosmic Safari)
Fourth Grade - Light and Waves with Developing a Model (fulldome film: Two Small Pieces of Glass)
Fifth Grade - Stars and the Sun with Data and Analysis (fulldome film: Secrets of the Sun)
Middle School* - Gravity with Developing a Model (fulldome film: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity)
*If you use our pre-lessons, ask us after the show about borrowing the hands-on materials for the post-lessons.
You don’t need a PhD in Astronomy to be a Friend of the Planetarium; just roll up your sleeves and bring your own unique talents and enthusiasm! If you would like to be a part of this exciting work and join the Friends of the Planetarium or call (530) 225-0243.