Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

Bring the Glastonbury Planetarium experience to you via our innovative Virtual Planetarium Field Trip program. They are designed to be great supplements to online and homeschool lessons students are already doing while staying-at-home, as well as for face-to-face classroom teachers looking for an interactive virtual field trip experience for their students.

1. Watch from Home - A of variety of planetarium shows have been formated for viewing on your screen at home for free. Click here!

2. FREE live and interactive planetarium shows on our Facebook website through FB Live. Follow our Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/glastonburyplanetarium/

3. Reserve a private 60 -90-minute live virtual planetarium field trip. Programs are led by Astronomer/Educator Jason T. Archer with decades of experience working with students and the public. Cost is $150 per program.

NOTE: Glastonbury Teachers please use the form found at here!

Live Space Shows

The Planets Show

Using some the latest planetary science and imagery, we’ll travel to the depths of our solar system to learn about each member of our family of planets from tragic Mars to lonely Neptune. All Grades

The Sky Tonight (Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter)

The sky above is both dark and mysterious. Focusing on naked-eye astronomy, enjoy a tour of the stars, constellations and planets of the current sky. All Grades

The Deep Sky: Nebula, Star Clusters, Galaxies

Beyond the visible stars, planets and constellations of the night sky are hidden celestial gems. Travel deep into the night sky on a treasure hunt for celestial objects that exist outside our solar system. Grades 9 and up

Life Cycle of Stars

Travel through space to witness the birth, life and death of stars. We’ll explore how stars form, how they live and how they, sometimes violently, end their life. Learn about nebulas, supernovas, white dwarfs, and more during a journey through our galaxy’s most fascinating stellar objects. Grades 3 and up

Fire & Ice: Asteroids, Comets and Meteors

Impacts have reshaped the Earth’s surface and are clues to the formation of our solar system. Both terrifying and beautiful, comets, asteroids and meteors have caused destruction and also been the bringer of life. Explore these mysterious objects, where they are found, what they are made of and the clues they offer to our past and future. Grades 5 and up

Universe: The Grand Tour

Blast off from Earth to the farthest reaches of the universe. We’ll explore Earth’s location in the Milky Way, travel to other galaxies and look at the large scale structure of the universe. This program explores the big ideas of our universe. Grades 6 and up

Exoplanets : The Search for Life

Planets are not unique to our solar system. Since the discovery of the first planet orbiting another star in 1995 we have found thousands of exoplanets. We’ll explore the variety of exoplanets found so far, is there life on other planets and how we find exoplanets. Grades 6 and up

The Red Planet: Life, Water & Robots

The planet Mars has fascinated humanity since the beginning of time. NASA and others have their sights set on the Red Planet. We'll explore Mars to understand the planet's history and physical characteristics, why we are so obsessed with it, and the the vehicles and rockets that will one day take us beyond the Moon to Mars.

StarGazing 101: A Beginner's Guide

Learn the basics of the night sky. An introduction to how we look at and organize the sky from coordinate systems, time measurements and celestial navigation to the motion and appearance of the Moon and planets in the sky. We'll introduce to you what to look for, how to look and some useful tools for touring the night sky. Looking to buy a telescope? We'll present what you need to know to purchase and use that first telescope. Grades 9 and up

Curriculum Based Shows

Earth, Sun, Moon & Sky

Cycles and patterns are found most everywhere in the universe. This program focuses on the causes of day and night, the causes of the seasons and the changes (phases) in the Moon’s appearance. First, using the planetarium as a laboratory, students will observe and predict the cycles of day and night, the Moon's daily and annual motion in the sky, and the Sun's motion through the year. Second, the students can view the Space Show Earth, Moon, & Sun. Grade 5

Stars & the Solar System

Nothing on this Earth can make you feel smaller than realizing that there’s an entire Universe out there. Possibly even just one of many Universes full of galaxies and planetary systems like our solar system. But precisely what is the Solar System? Just how far away are the stars? We'll explore some of the vast distances in space, the patterns to be found within the Solar System and what makes up the Solar System. They will understand that Earth is part of a system of planets and other celestial bodies, orbiting around a star. Grade 5

The Changing Earth: Landforms

Most landforms change very slowly over time. Mountains are formed and worn away, new ocean made and the Earth's crust is weathered and eroded. Students will investigate various national parks and monuments found in order to build their conceptual understanding of energy, collisions, weathering and erosion processed that create the many varied terrains through out the United States. Grade 4

About Virtual FieldTrips

  • 30-90 minute long, live and interactive planetarium programs.

  • Streamed to your device(s) using the Zoom (prefered) or other video conference platform.

  • Our programs have been carefully aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and to the GPS Elementary Science Curriculum.

  • Stable internet connection with ability to use Zoom required for live and interactive field trip.

  • We suggest the you make you viewing area as dark as possible to simulate the environment of the planetarium.

Steps to Reserving a Virtual field Trip

  • Lead teacher will submit an online reservation request form: 2021 -2022 Virtual Field Trip Reservation Form

  • Our Planetarium Coordinator will be in contact with you to confirm your reservation.

  • Once confimred we will send you a invoice.

Payment

Please make check payable to:


Glastonbury Public Schools (Planetarium)

Mail original invoice and payment to:


Glastonbury Public Schools

P.O. Box 191

Glastonbury, CT 06033

Attn: Jenn Busiere


Paymen to due upon receipt of your invoice.

Security and Interacting During the Virtual Field Trip

All students are expected to follow the district's Technology Acceptable Use Policy, including the responsibility for maintaining online etiquette and privacy. At no time should the student, nor anyone else at home, record or share/post recordings of class activities without the clear consent of the teacher. As the policy states, "Infringement upon, or disrespect of, the rights of other members or users may result in the loss of network privileges ... ."

Thank you for discussing this important topic with your child(ren),

  • You will receive a dedicated, password protected Zoom link for your scheduled virtual field trip.

  • All students will initially be placed in the Zoom waiting room, prior to the start of the field trip. Teachers/Instructors will help approve all students signing in to the virtual field trip.

  • Students' mics will be muted by the host. Students will be able to interact with the Planetarium Coordinator (i.e. asking and answering question) by using the monitored chat room.

  • Classroom teachers/instructors will serve as co-moderators of their students' chats and interactions during the virtual field trip.

  • We will start the Zoom session approximately 10 minutes prior to show start time.

Group Size

  • Virtual field trips can accomodate up to 50 students (or 2 classrooms) for each live session.

  • Shows/classes are appropriate for ages 7 to adult.

Contact Us

Should you want us to focus on certain concepts or topical areas, please contact us at 860.633 - 4455 ext 4923, 860 652 - 7200 or email us at jarcher@crec.org to discuss such options.