School Field Trips at Taylor Observatory

  • Every field trip to the Taylor Observatory includes a presentation in the Norton Planetarium, a tour of the Observatory itself, classroom demonstrations, and activities of your choice on a variety of topics.

    Schedule your field trip today by filling out a Taylor Observatory Field Trip Request Form.

    Custom field trip topics are available for Lake County K-12 students:

    Kindergarten | First Grade | Second Grade

    • Solar System: Draw and color the planets while learning and singing songs about the solar system.
    • Robotics: Begin to learn the basics of robotics and coding with easy to use robots.
    • Sound and Vibration: Explore the relationship between sound and vibrating materials. Learn how sound travels in waves.

    Third Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

    • Electricity and Magnetism: Demonstrations and hands-on activities exploring the properties of electricity and magnetism. Make simple circuits.
    • The Solar System: Demonstration of the scale of the solar system; shrink the solar system more than two billion times to experience the relative sizes of the planets and the vast distances between them.
    • All about the Moon: How far away is the moon?  How much do you weigh on the moon?  How high can you jump on the moon?  Why is the moon covered in craters?  How did Apollo astronauts travel to the moon and return safely home?  Have all your moon questions answered.
    • Colonizing Mars: What would it take to colonize the solar system? Learn all about what NASA has been doing to prepare to land humans on Mars. Students investigate how to plan a mission to another world.
    • Sound and Vibration: Learn the physics of sound waves. Demonstrations and hands-on activities on sound and resonance.

    Middle School | High School

    • The Universe and its Stars: Stars, nebula, galaxies.  Learn the basics of the large scale structure of the universe.  
    • Atmosphere and Air Pressure: Demonstrations and hands-on activities learning the properties of the Earth's atmosphere and the effects of high and low air pressure.
    • Earth and the Solar System: Demonstration of the scale of the solar system. Shrink the solar system more than two billion times to experience the relative sizes of the planets and the vast distances between them.
    • Journey to Mars: What would it take to colonize the solar system? Learn all about what NASA has been doing to prepare for a manned mission to Mars. Students investigate how to plan a mission to another world.
    • All about the Moon: Demonstrations and hands-on activities learning about the phases of the moon and the moon’s role in eclipses and tides. Learn how Apollo astronauts traveled to the moon and about NASA’s plans to return to the moon in the near future.

    Field trips are free of charge, however, schools are required to fund their own transportation.