Request a Student Field Experience Reservation

This form is for classroom visit reservations only. All school groups are responsible for their own transportation needs while at McDonald Observatory.

We strongly recommend planning your visit at least six weeks in advance. This gives you time to plan and prepare students for a worthwhile learning experience at McDonald Observatory. We encourage teachers to think of the Observatory as an informal extension of their classroom and science instruction.

For all Student Field Experience programs, we require a $72 deposit payable on our secure online system by credit card to hold your reservation. The deposit is due two weeks prior to your program date. Your $72 deposit is fully refundable if you cancel more than 2 weeks prior to your program date. If the deposit is not paid within 2 weeks prior to your program date, your date will be given to another group. Groups that fail to appear, or cancel less than 2 weeks prior to their program date do not receive deposit refunds. A link to our secure online system will be provided when your date request has been approved.

Select your Grade Level


and Program Type

A Student Field Experience Program can accommodate up to 80 students. If you are unsure which type of program best suits your needs, please review our information about Student Field Experience Programs. Groups greater than 41 must start at 10 a.m. or later.

12 to 30 - Enriched Program
12 to 41 - General Program
 42 to 80 - General Program