SORRY BUT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THE PLANETARIUM IS CLOSED TO ALL VISITORS DUE TO CONCERNS OF COVID19. FORESTVIEW STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO VISIT WITH THEIR CLASS FOR ASTRONOMY EDUCATION. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.
If I am a teacher at a Region 5 school and want to bring a group to the planetarium how do I schedule a visit?
First, check available dates on the "Calendar" tab. Pick a day that is open and contact us through the Google Form below to schedule a visit on that day. Once we have contacted you and set up a date you will see your group scheduled on the calendar.
What is the cost to my school if I teach in a Region 5 school district?
There is no cost, even for transportation! Contact the Brainerd School District business office for reimbursement of travel costs after your visit. This is made possible through the Sourcewell Innovation Funding program.
Brainerd Business Manager: Marci Lord (218) 454-6914 or
Is there money in the grant to cover sub cost back in my building?
No. Usually, teachers come with their students so there isn't a need for a sub back in the building. At this time there is no budget for sub coverage.
What else can our classes do while at Forestview?
Click on the "Makerspace" tab above to find out about this amazing room! We can split up your groups and some can be in the planetarium and others in the Makerspace lab at the same time.
What else can our classes do while we are in the Brainerd area?
Here is a list of other stops classes have used to extend their day while in the Brainerd area:
Brainerd Northland Arboretum ()
Crow Wing County Historical Museum
The Dean Mackey Forest at Foresetview (https://sites.google.com/isd181.org/deanmakeyschoolforest/home)
Paul Bunyan Land
What is the cost to my school if I am not a teacher in a Region 5 school district?
There is a fee of $5 per student and transportation will not be reimbursed.
Can I book a group visit if my group is not a public school group?
Yes, but there will be a charge ($3 per person or $100 minimum) and the public school groups will have priority in scheduling. The planetarium is funded through NJPA. At this time the funding is specifically targeted towards the 22 public school districts in region 5.
Can I schedule a visit in the evening for a scout group or something similar?
Yes. The charge for an evening group is a $150 flat fee for a one-hour session.
What "show" or topic will my group experience?
That depends on what you would like to see. You can check the "Shows" tab above or contact us to customize a lesson for your group. Given enough time many topics can be addressed. A portion of your visit will usually be a live interaction followed by viewing a show or demo.
When can I bring a group to the planetarium?
Check the calendar on this site and please do not request a date less than two weeks from today or on a day that is already booked. We will try to meet your requests or work out a date and time that works for both your group and the planetarium director.
Follow this link to request a visit: Google Form