Educator Hub

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.

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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.

Explore virtual field trips at the Adler

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.

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Featured Content

Celestial Storytime | Do You Know About Stars?

Elementary School
📖 Time to curl up with a good book. Read about the millions of shimmering, bright stars in our universe. Wherever you are, #LookUp and remember: we remain connected under the sky we all share. 🌌

Sky Observers Hangout: The Fall Sky

Middle School
Chillier days, red and gold leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only changes fall brings! 🍁 The fall sky brings us new constellations and objects to observe as well, all with their own stories to tell. Cozy up with some warm drinks and blankets for this episode of Sky Observers Hangout, in which host Adriana shares a modern retelling of the story of Cassiopeia using images from the Adler’s archives to illustrate and host Michelle shows how to use your smartphone to capture these constellations yourself! 🤳

Adler Astronomy Live! - Mapping a Billion Stars

High School
During this previously live, recorded virtual event we’re talking about the Gaia Telescope and low mass stars. 🔭 The Gaia telescope is a European Space Agency mission to map the Milky Way like never before. Its work has revealed a wealth of new information about our galaxy, including the lowest-mass objects hiding under our noses, a Milky Way merger that happened when the galaxy was just an infant, and other tremendous stories that help us discern information about our past and future. 🌌 Join us as we review the latest results on mapping the galaxy and discuss how you can participate through a unique citizen science project called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9.

Virtual Field Trips

Middle School
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

What is an Educator Hub?

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.

Where can I find lessons and activities from the museum?

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.

How can I be the first to know about newly launched resources?

Sign up for our monthly events newsletter where we share all of our new online and in person 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. You can also indicate your preferences to receive exclusive emails just for our Educator friends. We also highlight new or relevant educator resources on each of our grade level pages.

How can I schedule an in-person field trip?

Right now the museum is closed, but our virtual field trips are available!  Click here to add yourself to our email list and once we can have guests safely back at the Adler, we will let you know so you can book an in-person field trip with us again. 

As a teacher, how can I get more involved with Adler school experiences?

If you would like to help Adler as we develop programming and resources for teachers and students, please join the Teacher Evaluator Group!

Still have questions? Contact us!

Feel free to contact us at schools@adlerplanetarium.org; we will do our best to reply to you within 3 business days.

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