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Virtual Field Trips

To request access to the Virtual Field Trip shows, please fill out the request form.

We understand that many schools may not be able to visit Clark Planetarium this year for an annual field trip. We strongly believe in the value of our live, in-person lessons – and hope you do, as well! However, we also understand the challenges facing schools, teachers, and families this upcoming school year. As such, we want to make sure we support teachers and students who will be unable to join us in person.

To help, Clark Planetarium is offering the Virtual Field Trip Program for the 2020 Fall Semester. As the year progresses, we will evaluate our options for the 2021 Spring Semester.

The Virtual Field Trip program is available to all Utah K-12 schools and any school that came to Clark Planetarium on a field trip in the past three years.

What’s Included in the Virtual Field Trip Program

The Virtual Field Trip program includes access to many of your favorite Clark Planetarium “Dome” presentations and films, listed below.

  • Skywatch shows – normally our live planetarium shows, these correlate directly to 6th grade and 4th grade SEEd astronomy standards.
    • 360 video! These shows have been developed into a recorded “360° spherical video”, viewable on YouTube. These interactive, 360° videos allow for your students to look around, just as they would in person. Here’s how it works:
      • If on desktop or laptop computer, click and drag the video view to look around.
      • If on a tablet or mobile device, look around by tilting the device
      • Some Virtual Reality headsets are also compatible. (We have had success with both Google Cardboard and Oculus Quest)
      • Feel free to pause and un-pause to look around! the show is now at your own pace!
  • Several shows are already available, while others are in development. If you request a show that is not yet available, a link will be sent to you when it becomes available.
  • Animated Films – great for younger elementary students and high school students. (These shows are available in flatscreen format only.)
    • Perfect Little Planet and Accidental Astronauts films are recommended for younger elementary students. They are available in both English and Spanish.
    • Black Holes, The Edge, and Exploding Universe films are recommended for middle and high school students.
    • Evans & Sutherland has also made available several of their planetarium dome shows in flatscreen format.

To request access to the Virtual Field Trip shows, please fill out the request form.

Clark Planetarium can provide programs at no cost to schools thanks to support from the Utah State Legislature and Utah State Board of Education. To meet their standards, we are required to report the number of students and teachers that participate in a Virtual Field Trip. Please provide these details (to the best of your knowledge) in your field trip request. In addition, we would also ask you to avoid sharing the provided links so we can accurately account for the education experiences utilized. If you know of other groups interested in using the materials, please have them contact our reservations team and complete a request form.