Planetarium Education

an artistic rendering of our solar system

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See the night sky during the day
The Nature Center's planetarium provides visitors with the opportunity to view the motion of the stars, constellations, moon, and planets in tonight's sky. As the only planetarium in the National Park Service, it enables visitors to compare the night sky with urban light pollution to the ideal viewing conditions of the country. programs.


Need to make a reservation?
Programs are free but must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. Call us at 202-895-6070 Wednesday through Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Planetarium seating is limited to 70 visitors per showing.
 
 

Curriculum-based programs

The Sky Above Us - Pre-K-3rd grade - (30 minutes) See the night sky from the city while never leaving your seat. Come on this journey to study the stars and the movement of the Earth and Moon. We will also identify constellations and hear their stories.

Native American Night Sky - 1st-3rd grade - (45 minutes) An exploration of the night sky with an emphasis on native American legends from various parts of the country.

Our Universe - 4th-6th grade - (45 minutes) The conceptual science of astronomy is made tangible through the combination of active demonstrations and a planetarium program focusing on our universe.

Under African Skies - 4th-8th grade - (45 minutes) Learn some of the night sky stories from African cultures. Also explore how and why African Americans escaping slavery used the night sky to help lead them to freedom.

Planetarium films

Oasis in Space - 3rd-5th grade - (30 minutes) An exploration of the planets in our solar system.

Dawn of the Space Age - 5th-12th grade - (30 minutes) Highlights of space exploration, from Sputnik to the International Space Station and beyond!

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity - 5th-12th grade - (30 minutes) Discover the mysterious world of black holes and other space phenomena.

Travel tips

• Parking for buses, vans and cars is available at the Nature Center

• Bring your lunch. There are limited uncovered picnic areas nearby. There are no food facilities in the park.

• Incorporate pre- and post-trip lessons into your visit.

Getting to the planetarium

The Nature Center is at 5200 Military Road, NW, Washington, D.C. 20015.

• By school bus or van:

Take Military Road, NW, to Glover Road, NW. Turn onto Glover and stay to the left at the fork in the road. After the fork take your first left into the nature center parking lot.

• By Metro:

Take the train to the Fort Totten or Friendship Heights station. Board an E2, E3, or E4 bus to the intersection of Military and Glover roads, NW. A paved path leads to the Nature Center and Planetarium.

Stormy Weather. Are we open?

During inclement weather, particularly snowstorms and hurricanes, federal offices in the district area may be closed. To check if we are open go to www.opm.gov, click on the "operating status" along the top bar. Also check local television and radio broadcasts for announcements.

Need to contact us

Running late?

Need to change or cancel your reservation?

Call us at 202-895-6070 Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Last updated: January 13, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Phone:

(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park administrative offices can be reached at 202-895-6000. For general information call 202-895-6070 Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dial 0.

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