Hello, teachers! Welcome to the Adler Planetarium Educator Hub. If you’re looking for everything you need to get your students inspired, curious, and confident about exploring our universe, you’ve come to the right place! Browse our online resources by grade level, learn about our virtual and in-person field trip options, and get ready to transport your students to the farthest reaches of their imagination.
Adler educational programs combine open exploration with guided activities to spark wonder and joy in kids of all ages. We also make space science accessible and fun. We use astronomy and space science to show young people how science works, spark curiosity and creativity, share the human stories behind scientific discoveries, and give students the confidence to make discoveries on their own.
Field Trips at the Adler
Field trips at the Adler are fun, out-of-this-world learning experiences available in-person and virtually!
In-Museum Field Trips
With two domed theaters, a selection of staff-facilitated activities, and 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, the Adler invites guests to become scientists, engineers, astronauts, and creative problem solvers. Customize your group’s trip to make every visit unique! Please note that in-museum field trips are currently postponed until further notice while the museum is closed.
Virtual Field Trips
You don’t need to pack up the class, load the bus (and the lunches), and find a chaperone for a stellar experience with the Adler! Experience the best of the Adler from your own classroom using a laptop or tablet and an internet connection.
Digital Teacher Resources
Looking for materials to supplement your classroom curriculum? Browse our curated online catalog and bring the universe to your students. Activities are labeled with suggested grade level, curriculum standards, and estimated length for your convenience.
Reach: A Space Podcast for Kids
Built for kids and based on questions from kids, REACH educates with entertaining segments, fun at-home experiments, and interviews with subject matter experts & thought partners from leading institutions like the Adler Planetarium, Cosmosphere, Exploration Place, and more.
Sky Observers Hangout: Getting Close to Mars Part 2
In this episode of Sky Observers Hangout, we explore Mars from afar while it is at its closest to Earth for the next 15 years.
Chicago Black Women in STEAM Blog Series
Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM series highlights pioneering women of Chicago who are doing amazing things in STEAM fields here in our own community. Hear the unique stories of these women of varying ages, backgrounds, and interests.
Virtual Field Trips
Looking for a pandemic-safe experience that’s more than just a video chat? Too far away to bus your class to the museum? Visit the Adler Planetarium virtually!
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the Adler’s digital space exclusively for teachers. It is your go-to spot for awesome space content and information, organized by grade level. Our aim is to save you time and provide you with the resources and information you need when you need it.
All the museum’s online educational resources—including lesson plans, activities, interactives, and media—are available on our resource pages, which are organized by grade level. Whenever possible, we include science standards, length of time an activity should take, media types, and short learning descriptions.
Sign up for our monthly online events newsletter where we share all of our new online events or subscribe to Adler’s weekly newsletter “Space from Home” where you can find out about all types of fun activities, events, and space news. We also highlight new or relevant educator resources on each of our grade level pages.
If you would like to help Adler as we develop programming and resources for teachers and students, please join the Teacher Evaluator Group!
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we will do our best to reply to you within 3 business days.
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