On-Site Student Programs


Inspire your students with a “Virtual Visit” or an on-site McDonald Observatory field trip!
On-site student visits resume February 2022. Registration opens September 1, 2021.
For student visits before February, please find our public program offerings.


On-Site Student Experiences


Bring your students to an active research facility! The McDonald Observatory K-12 programs immerse students of all ages in an authentic science environment where they can access the knowledge and inspiration of astronomy. Students will have the opportunity to visit research telescopes (optical and radio), observe telescope motion, and witness our dedicated STEM staff hard at work. Additional options include live views of our daytime star and activities to experience the motion of our Solar System. Students are also invited to experience our night sky at our public Star Party program.

More information to come with registration opening September 2021.

Support Science Education!

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McDonald Observatory K12 education programs are made possible thanks to support from the National Science Foundation, Education & Outreach Endowments, the AAbell-Hanger Foundation, Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation, Fash Foundation, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, the Semmes Foundation, the Stillwatr Foundtion, and Friends of the McDonald Observatory & Orion Society. 

Join or give a gift membership today. Email friends@mcdonaldobservatory.org.

Questions about Student Programs?

Contact the McDonald Observatory Education Team