Local Activities

Because seating in the planetarium can accommodate only 50 students, for larger groups that need to be divided or groups that wish to extend their visit, there is a variety of other potential activities on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. Information on these can be found below. For other off-campus areas of interest for visiting groups, please see the Local Activities page.

Shine.FM Studio Tours

Come and visit Shine.FM 89.7, Positive.Hit.Music for Chicagoland and northwest Indiana. Students will receive a short tour of the station which includes a brief interactive recording session and production demonstration. Contact Kristen Lewis at 815.939.5330 for information and scheduling.

Science Circus

Treat your students to a hands-on science experience with Olivet’s student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. Olivet education majors have prepared a selection of interactive science lessons for various grade levels to be presented to campus visitors. Contact Tina Bruner at 815.939.5395 for more information.

Campus Visit

Give students a taste of college life by meeting with an Olivet admissions counselor. Student ambassadors are available to meet with classes and answer questions regarding college preparation, choosing a college, and applying to schools. (Available for junior high and high school groups only.) For more information or to schedule a meeting during your campus visit, contact Nancy Benoit at 815.939.5215.

Reed Hall Of Science

Olivet's science building has many interesting display cases and exhibits to visit. Reed Hall is open to the public without appointment during regular business hours; however, visitors should please remain mindful of lectures taking place in the classrooms.

Local Town Activities

Please find below information on local attractions that may also be of interest for groups visiting the planetarium.

Exploration Station

Strickler Planetarium and Exploration Station Children's Museum have partnered to offer a discounted rate to groups 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.org. To schedule a visit to the museum, contact Tammy Anderson at tammya@btpd.org 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!

Perry Farm

The Bourbonnais Township Park District maintains the Perry Farm Park, a dynamic 170 acre recreation area carefully carved in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the state. The park offers 4-miles of fully accessible paved paths that wind through natural prairie, woods, and riverfront. To preserve its natural setting, no motorized vehicles other than Park District maintenance equipment are allowed on the trails. The park also includes picnic facilities and a playground.

Kankakee River State Park

The Kankakee River state park straddles the Kankakee River for 11 miles, covering 4,000 acres and included hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails. A three-mile route along Rock Creek leads hikers to limestone canyons and a frothy waterfall. A bicycle trail beginning at the Davis Creek Area travels 10.5 miles along the river and into the western end of the park. The park also contains multiple picnic areas and playgrounds. To reach the state park from Bourbonnais, take Highway 113 northwest for 5 miles and follow the signs to the park.

Kankakee County Visitor's Guide

Kankakee County is located just 45 miles south of Chicago off Interstate 57. Routes 45/52, 50, and 17 also run through the beautiful Kankakee county area. O’Hare International Airport is only 75 miles and Midway Airport only 50 miles north of the Kankakee area.