Planetarium lessons are given for schools throughout the school year (August - May), Monday – Friday @ 9:30 am / 10:45 am / 12:30 pm. The lessons are aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence and are approximately 45 minutes to an hour in length depending on grade level. Each lesson includes a tour of the current night sky with our iconic Zeiss planetarium star projector and a presentation using our new state of the art digital projector which creates a stunning full-dome immersive environment, while guiding students through the wonders of the universe.
DeKalb teachers please contact the Fernbank liaison at your school for scheduling information.
Non-Dekalb teachers please call 678-874-7113 or email Audrey_Poole@dekalbschoolsga.org for reservations.
The price for non-DeKalb County students is $4.00 per student during the school year (August - May). For each fifteen students one teacher or adult chaperone will be admitted without charge. All other adults beyond this number will be charged $5.00.
During the summer (June and July) we ask that groups larger than 50 contact our scheduler at 678-874-7113. If your group is smaller than 50, then you do not need to contact the scheduler. There are no group discounts during the summer months. Adults (ages 19-61) $7.00, Students (ages 3-18) $5.00, Seniors (62+) $5.00.
What causes Moon phases? What is a lunar eclipse? Coyote is sharp, but he has some strange ideas about the universe. Students will learn the reasons for seasons, why the Moon seems to change shape, and hear some Native American stories about the sky.
Students will investigate why Earth has seasons and will learn how to read a weather map. Students will watch video clips on the seasons and weather and will watch the stars change through the night sky.
Students will learn to identify animal constellations of the night sky in the Planetarium
and study adaptations of nocturnal animals in the classroom.
Planetarium and Observatory Contacts
April Whitt- Astronomer
Mark Lancaster - Astronomer
Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist, Meterorites