Donations help secure the future of the Jordan Planetarium and observatory here at the University of Maine. They assist in acquiring new programming, keeping our technology up to date, and providing numerous astronomy and science opportunities for students of all ages and the general public.
Our center provides engaging astronomy and science experiences to students of all ages. Field trips give students the chance to learn in new environments get inspired to explore their universe and world in new ways.
Planning your visit
Before contacting the Planetarium, please gather the following information:
- Planned number of adults and students for the visit
- Your preferred date and time and one or more alternate dates
- Title of the show(s) that your school would like
- Available show titles can be reviewed on our Planetarium Programs page
- School contact information – teacher name, email address, phone, and mailing address
After a date has been reserved, you will receive an email packet containing a confirmation of the program time and date, information about the planetarium and the program, and directions.
Making a Reservation
Planning a visit has never been easier; just use our on-line request form to begin the process. A planetarium staff will contact you and settle the details for your visit. Or call our office at (207)581-1341 and get answers to any questions you have or make a reservation.
There is a flat rate of $200.00 for the first field trip show. Additional shows are $150.00 each if conducted on the same day.
The Planetarium seats a maximum of 50 people. Larger groups can be divided into sections that attend separate showings.
The astronomy center has a multi-purpose classroom which can be used for lunches or hands-on activities.
The group may buy souvenirs from the planetarium gift shop after programs. The shop offers many small, inexpensive toys, novelty items and science items.
For more information about field trips see the following:
Visiting more than one location during a field trip can maximize the use of time and money that must be expended taking students away from school for part of a day. There are several other sites to visit during your mission at the University of Maine including the Page Farm and Home Museum, the Hudson Museum, and a special exhibition of physics demonstrations called the Maine-ly Physics Show may be available by advance arrangement.