Field Trip Info

Strickler Planetarium is open to school groups, camps, scouting troops, youth groups, church groups, retreats, and many more.  If you're interested in visiting the planetarium for a field trip or other event, please follow the links below for more information.  Strickler Planetarium can also be rented for birthday parties or corporate events.  (Refreshments may be served in the planetarium foyer, but there is no eating or drinking allowed beneath the dome.) Please note that the capacity for the planetarium is 50 seats.  We will be happy to accommodate larger groups by multiple showings.

A short questionnaire has been created for educators who have visited the planetarium in the last school year. To provide feedback regarding your visit to the planetarium, please follow this link:

UPDATE: Strickler Planetarium and Exploration Station Children's Museum have partnered to offer a discounted rate to any group wishing to visit both destinations.  Any group that books a field trip to both the planetarium and the museum will receive $1 off admission per student from each institution.  Exploration Station is located just blocks from the planetarium on the grounds of Perry Farms.  The museum offers multiple groups programs, interactive exhibits, and lunch facilities.  For more information visit www.exploration-station.orgTo schedule a visit to the museum, contact Tammy Anderson at or by calling 815.933.9905 ext. 352.  Be sure to mention that you are visiting the planetarium as well in order to qualify for your group discount!

To schedule a visit to the Planetarium, please fill out the Reservation Request Form. Again, be sure to mention that you are visiting Exploration Station under the Notes section of the form. If you have any further questions contact Tina Bruner at

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