PROGRAMMING ALERT: The Clark Telescope is closed for renovation through mid-2015. Daytime Mars Tours will still go inside the dome when possible. In the evening, we will use the recently renovated 16-inch McAllister Telescope as our primary telescope for public viewing.
Onsite Private & Group Programs
We offer private and group programs throughout the year for schools and groups that range from one to sixty participants. Choose from a number of multimedia presentations at a variety of levels, building tours, and viewing. All programs are presented by one of our educators. Programs must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance.
- A private, 1-hour daytime program is $150 and includes two multimedia presentations and/or historic tours.
- A private, 90-minute evening program is $300 and includes one multimedia presentation and exclusive access to the telescopes for viewing (weather permitting). Note: Nighttime private programs are not available from June through August since we are open every night during those months. From March-May and September-October, private nighttime programs are available on Sundays only.
All private programs also include access to the Steele Visitor Center’s exhibit hall.
For assistance or questions regarding booking a program, e-mail Samantha Flagg or call 928-856-9484.
Navajo-Hopi Astronomy Outreach Program
This a science enrichment and outreach program for 5th-8th grade Navajo and Hopi teachers and their classes. The program pairs astronomers with teachers for one year. The astronomer visits the classroom throughout the year, leading astronomy discussions and hands-on activities in collaboration with the teacher. The astronomer also holds star parties at the school and involves tribal educators in presenting traditional astronomical knowledge. The year-long partnership culminates in a field trip to Lowell Observatory in which the students visit the Observatory's Steele Visitor Center during the day and observe on two of our research telescopes at night.
For more information about the Navajo-Hopi Astronomy Outreach Program, visit the website.