Herbert Trackman Planetarium

The Herbert Trackman Planetarium, featuring a 30 foot in diameter dome and new OmniStar Digital planetarium projector, offers sky tour shows and presentations on a wide range of astronomical topics. Inside the Planetarium, students will go on an animated “trip” to learn about different subject areas in astronomy including the solar system, Mars, the possibility of aliens, and more. Depending on the time of year, students might learn something different about the universe. School groups will also have the option to hike through the JJC Nature Trails, where they will be exposed to the natural beauty of the prairie and forests. Field trips can be scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for schools, scouts, and other groups.

Contact Info
Address: 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431. Will County. Tel: 815-280-2525. Email: fieldtripcoordinator@jjc.edu. Website: www.jjc.edu/planetarium. Hrs: Mon., Wed. & Fri. By appointment.

Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-12th. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free.


Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Planetarium Lesson Plan

Planetariums are theaters that present educational and entertaining shows about outer space. Some planetariums even have shows that focus on history in relation to earth science. Groups can see a multimedia presentation of the night sky on a dome-shaped projection on the ceiling of the theater.... Continue