Greetings Teachers and Educators,
We are very excited to open The Earth & Space Science Center for field trips for the 2021-2022 school year beginning on September 14! As you may have expected after the past year, we have modified some of our field trip policies and procedures to provide a safe, fun, and educational environment for your students while at our facility. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these changes prior to reserving your field trip.
For those who would like to reserve a virtual field trip, we are glad to continue offering our unique program, and you can find out more information on our virtual field trip page.
Thank you for your interest in visiting the Earth and Space Science Center for an out-of-this-world field trip experience. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 903-510-2312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you and your students this school year!
Field Trip Information
Reservation Request Form:
When you are ready to submit your field trip reservation request, you may do so at the link below. Please make sure you are familiar with our field trip policies prior to submitting your request.
Field Trip Reservation Request Form Link
Field Trip Times:
- Field trip reservations will be available Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am-11:30am.
- Field trip reservations will begin for the 2021-2022 school year beginning September 14, 2021.
- Groups who would like a field trip outside of these scheduled hours may wish to consider our virtual field trip
Field Trip Activities:
Field trips last approximately 90 minutes, and will include the following activities:
- Planetarium show in our 40-foot domed planetarium theater (show length approx. 35-45 min)
- Hands-on exhibit time with our brand-new exhibit: Velocity!
- Grade appropriate and content relevant classroom lesson (see description of classroom lessons below)
Field Trip Group Size Limits:
To allow for adequate spacing within our facility, and to ensure a safe, fun, and educational environment field there is a maximum number of visitors that are allowed with each field trip.
- Group sizes may not exceed 80 total visitors (students, teachers, chaperones)
- Field trip groups will be limited to students, teachers/educators, and school-approved chaperones only. Additional parents, siblings, and other relatives will not be allowed to join the field trip at this time.
- For groups that will exceed 80 total visitors, we recommend reserving 2 field trip days, or consider our virtual field trip.
- Buses may drop students off at the parking lot at the intersection of Lake Street and Mahon Avenue (Lot F-5, in front of the Science Center) or at the Apache Pass in front of Wagstaff Gym.
- After drop-off, bus parking is available at any of the TJC parking lots along Lake Street and Mahon or any parking lots along Palmer Street. (Buses may not park in Lot F-5).
- There are a limited number of reserved spots for cars to park in front of the Science Center (Lot F-5)
- Remember that parking can be extremely difficult to find so please factor this into your travel plans.
- All reservations will need to be made through our updated website: Field Trip Reservation Request Link
- Please assemble the following before calling to schedule your field trip: school name, address, phone number, lead contact, alternate contact, phone numbers, and email addresses.
- Attendees: grade level, number of students, teachers, bus drivers, and all other chaperones. (One chaperone for every nine students is required.) Please keep in mind that the total number of visitors allowed is 80. NO EXCEPTIONS
- Date/Times: dates and show time, plus an alternate date and show time in case we are already booked.
- Show and Activities: Specific programming and any special programming you would like for us to cover.
- Special Needs: The planetarium can accommodate a limited number of persons in wheelchairs. Please advise the scheduling coordinator when making reservations.
Field Trip Program Options
When you complete your field trip reservation form, you will be asked to choose which programs you would like for your students. Please review the planetarium shows and classroom lessons below. If you have questions about which program would be right for your group, please call us at 903-510-2312 or email email@example.com
New For 2021-2022
Sea Lions: Life By a Whisker
A heart-warming journey of a sea lion pup, and the man that has dedicated his life trying to save her species. Embark on an epic quest through the uninhabited wilderness of the Great Australian Bight, to the lush kelp forests off the Californian coast.
Educator Guides: Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8
Mountain Adventure: Out of Bounds (available beginning November 2021)
Follow Olympian Torah Bright as she journeys through the world's longest chain of mountain ranges extending from Antarctica all the way to Alaska. Along the journey, Torah will ride with backcountry legend Jeremy Jones and freeskiing superstar Sammy Carlson. Together, they will encounter penguins, polar bears, and other wildlife, and meet with scientists and environmentalists to uncover a deeper understanding of our mountain ecosystems.
Travelling with Light
Through the conversation between a child and his mother, Travelling with Light tackles the importance of light in all areas of our lives. The movie presents different scenarios that reveal the complexity of light and its direct influence on our planet.
Beyond the Sun (available September – December)
Enjoy a journey through the Universe to discover what exoplanets are and how they can be detected. Observe rogue planets, oceanic worlds and super-Earths. Learn about exoplanet hunters, who observe the sky in search of planets like Earth.
Shows Great for Grade K-2 Students
- Beyond the Sun
- Little Star That Could
- Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Shows Great for Grade 3-5 Students
- Accidental Astronaut
- Blue Planet Red Planet
- Dinosaur: Passage to Pangea
- Earth, Moon, and Sun
- Travelling with Light
Great for Older Students & All Audiences
- Asteroid: Mission Extreme
- Big Astronomy
- Cosmic Journey
- Dark Matter Mystery
- Drifting North: Into the Polar Night
- Dynamic Earth
- Extreme Auroras
- Extreme Weather
- From Earth to the Universe
- Moons: Worlds of Mystery
- Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure
- Sea Lions: Life By a Whisker
- Secret Ocean
- Seeing! A Photon’s Journey
- The Sun, Our Living Star
- To Space and Back
- Travelling With Light
- Two Small Pieces of Glass
Great Holiday Shows
- Mystery of the Christmas Star
- Season of Light
- Introduction to the Solar System (Grades K-1)
- Planets of the Solar System (Grades 3 & 5)
- Introduction to Patterns of the Moon (Grade 2)
- Phases of the moon (Grades 4, and 5)
- Asteroids, Meteors, Comets (Middle School)