Scout Groups

Explore the thrills of the cosmos and the beauty of the night sky at the UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium! Navigate the solar system and beyond by identifying some spectacular constellations and astronomical objects such as planets and moons. You will hear stories of how the constellations came to be and learn about some fascinating astronomy-related careers! Astronomer Jean Creighton is keen to answer your questions and share her excitement about space.

Size of scout groups and fees:
Minimum of 5 scouts and 2 adults, maximum of 40 scouts and 20 adults. The planetarium program is 75-80 minutes long and costs $100 for parties under 20 (scouts and chaperones). If there are between 20-40 kids, the cost is $150. If your group is significantly smaller, you may wish to consider attending one of our Friday night or Sunday matinee programs for $5/person! To register your group, see the bottom of this page for information to schedule a date that works for you and the planetarium.

Show Options

Show

Stars and Stories (75 min)
WHO: Girl Scout, Brownies and Boy Scout, Tigers, Wolves or Bears
Be dazzled by a guided tour of the night sky at our planetarium theater and learn how to use stars to find your way. Hear the stories of the constellations in the sky and be inspired to imagine some of your own! Astronomer Jean Creighton shares how she got to pursue her dream career and will give you an idea of the exciting astronomy jobs you too could have!

Ahh-mazing Night Sky (75 min)
WHO: GS Junior and BS Webelos
Be amazed by the stars in our planetarium theater and enjoy learning how to navigate the nights sky’s constellations and hearing the stories behind them. Explore the difference between city and country skies and how light pollution affects what you can see at night. Be inspired by astronomer Jean Creighton’s story: she came a long way to reach for the stars.

Night Owls (80 min)
WHO: GS Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and BS Tenderfoots to Eagle Scouts
Look at the beautiful starry sky at our planetarium theater and learn to identify ten constellations and 8 bright stars. Explore the difference between city and country skies and how light pollution affects what you can see at night. Learn about our current space missions and how they contribute to our knowledge of the solar system and beyond! Ask Jean Creighton your questions about space and about her career path to become an astronomer.

How to Register

Fill out this form, we will get in touch.

The program can be in the evening on a weeknight (Mon-Thu) or during the day (Mon-Sun). After agreeing on a specific date and time, send a check for the full amount payable to UWM with a note containing:

  1. Your name
  2. Date and Time agreed upon
  3. The program you booked
  4. Troop Number
  5. Town / City
  6. Phone number(s) you can be reached at on the day of your visit
  7. Email address
  8. The number of scouts and adults

Checks should be sent out 10 business days prior to the date of your scheduled program.

Mail the check and the note to:

Physics/Planetarium
UWM
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

No refunds for cancellations after deadline (10 business days before the program).

When your check arrives at the Planetarium office, Jean will notify you by email or phone.

Additional Information

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