Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Virtual Field Trips Let You Explore the Universe with the RVCC Planetarium!

Virtual Field Trips let you and your students explore the Universe in ways we can't always do in the physical planetarium, without having to get on a school bus.

Join us for a new adventure!

 Click here for an introduction to what you can expect during a virtual field trip.

Teachers and Students love our virtual field trips!

 I absolutely loved working with Amie. She provided exactly what my kiddos were missing out on this year because of COVID. They loved asking questions and visiting with someone live through our computer. She interacted with them perfectly and was full of enthusiasm for the subject matter. I also liked how we were able to meet through Teams. Most virtual field trips are through Zoom and that is not a program that is approved by my district. By having Teams be an option, I didn't have to go through an approval process. —First Grade Teacher

Dear Amie,

Thank you for working with my students and I during our recent virtual field trip. We really enjoyed continuing to work on our Earth and Sun science unit with you.  Fifth Grade Teacher

 Thank you Amie! Thank you for taking your time to talk to us about the moon and stars! I liked how you showed us the moon phases and what everything looked like in the night sky. —Fifth Grade Student

Dear Amie, Thank you so much for teaching us useful information. You remind me of one of those bright stars, because you made it a good time for us and I really appreciate that. —Fifth Grade Student

Dear Amie, OMG, the girls had so much fun! This really helped them complete their badge work and was a highlight of our virtual sleep over. Corresponding with you has been a very pleasant and easy experience. —Girl Scout Leader 

Virtual Field Trips

Teachers, Principals, and Science Supervisors, Scout Leaders, Senior Group Coordinators: contact us to schedule virtual field trips for your students. These programs are led by a live Planetarium Educator. We'll explore the topic and include time for Q&A. We have programs available for all ages (PreSchool - Adult). All programs support NGSS.

Number of attendees: 1 class or up to 30 students per session

Fee: $75 per class (46-60 minutes)

$100 for Magic Tree House: Space Mission (75 minutes)

Scheduling is flexible and can be done to fit your class periods, after school program, or evening meetings.

We can set up Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams meetings, or you can invite us to your platform.


·     Rockin' Rocket Ride: (Grades PreK-K) Our popular show has an online version. Join us on an adventure into space to learn about the Sun, Moon, and planets.

 ·     The Weather: (Grades K-2) Children use their senses to observe the weather, learn different cloud types and how they can help with weather forecasting. We learn about different types of weather instruments, and follow a water droplet through the water cycle. 

 ·     To the Moon and Back: (Grades PreK-2) Begin with a story about the Moon, then watch the Moon change shape in our virtual sky, and pretend to be astronauts who can travel there.

 ·     Magic Tree House: Space Mission (Grades K-4) Join Jack and Annie as they look for answers to questions about space. Together, we'll explore some of those topics to see if we find similar answers.

 ·     Cosmic Address: (Grades K-12) You probably know your home address, but what about where you live in the Universe? K-3 begins with a storybook about where we are in the Universe, then we write out our own "Cosmic Address." Grades 4-12 jump off the Earth and start travelling away from our planet, exploring the objects we pass in more detail. All programs include an introduction to the stars we can see in tonight's sky.

 ·     Our Solar System: (Grades K-12) Go on a tour of the planets in our solar system

 ·     Tonight's Sky: (Grades K-12) Identify stars and constellations we can see tonight and learn some constellation stories that go along with them.

 ·     Patterns in the Sky: The Sun (Grades 2-12) Observe the Sun's rising and setting positions through the year.

 ·     Patterns in the Sky: Moon Phases (Grades 2-12) Why and how does the Moon's shape change? When can we see the Moon in the sky? Gather data to answer these questions.

True or False, Astronomy Version: (Grades 5-12) Some statements seem obvious, but are they? We'll explore statements like "brighter stars are closer to us" and "the Moon is only visible at night." 

Explore the Universe with RVCC Planetarium




Watch our YouTube channel for weekly updates on what's visible in the sky as well as activities you can do at home. This week, discover some of the Mars 2020's Perseverance Rover's first moves.

Join our Facebook Group for regular posts about astronomy news, satellite passes that you can see in the real sky, and more!

Follow us on Instagram to see pictures we take at the 3M Observatory.

We've put together a list of some of our favorite astronomy websites. This is by no means a complete list of what's out there, just some of the ones that we go to regularly.

Watch at Home!


We've linked to over a dozen planetarium shows on our website for you to enjoy at home. You can learn about stars and planets, mythology stories, flight, and even the weather!