for Planetarium Visits
The San Juan College
Planetarium welcomes interested guests to its show performances.
A visit to the planetarium is designed as a learning experience
in the science of astronomy. There is no admission charge for planetarium
presentations. We do require your cooperation in planning your visits,
and these guidelines will be helpful to you:
Planetarium seating is limited to 60 persons. If your group numbers
less than 60, other guests may be allowed to attend your show until
the planetarium is at capacity.
It is requested that 14 calendar days notice be given prior to the
date of your visit. You may also call for a reservation at (505)
566-3361. Information needed includes show title or subject area
you are studying (I will make a choice of a specific show, if you
indicate a subject matter), with date and time desired (give two
choices), name of school or group, mailing address, contact person,
age or grade level of guests, and total number of persons (including
students, teachers, leaders, parents, and any guests of your group,
even babes in arms). Please give as much notice as possible, should
you need to cancel or postpone a show. Contacts for groups are advised
to schedule as far in advance as possible. All reservations are
subject to open dates and times. The planetarium reserves the right
to substitute shows in the event of a technical difficulty.
Also, due to several
past incidences of groups arriving on a date or at a time for which
they were not scheduled, the planetarium will be requiring
any group making a reservation to present a confirmation slip
sent by the planetarium in order to gain admittance into the presentation!!
(The planetarium director will also retain a signed copy of the
confirmation slip sent to the group making a reservation, for comparison
purposes, if necessary.) The presentation is still free of charge,
but the confirmation system has become necessary in order to eliminate
the erroneous arrival of unscheduled groups. After a reservation
is made, whether by phone or mail, the person responsible for the
group's trip must wait for a confirmation slip to be sent via mail
(or via e-mail, if an address is provided. Bring a printed copy
for admittance). A group will be admitted to the planetarium
only with its confirmation slip for the CORRECT date and time!
If you have made a reservation and, after a reasonable amount of
time, have not received a confirmation slip from the planetarium,
contact the planetarium director to check on its status: your reservation
is not completed until you receive a confirmation slip from the
planetarium. Once you receive your confirmation slip, please check
it to ensure that the time and date are those that you really want.
The time and date that the planetarium director will have your group
scheduled for in his records will be the time and date on your confirmation
slip, and no other. If your group arrives on a date or at a time
that is not on the confirmation slip, your group will not
be admitted under any circumstances.
For all shows, please be punctual in arriving for starting times.
It would probably be best to plan your travel schedule so that your
group arrives at the planetarium about 10 minutes before the scheduled
starting time. This will allow time for getting water and using
restrooms (especially after those long bus rides!) Otherwise, it
may be necessary to shorten or cancel your presentation in order
to accommodate the other shows on the day's schedule. Also
remember that if yours is a small enough group, there may be another
small group scheduled to attend the same presentation. If one group
has arrived on time, and another one is late, the latter may
be closed out of the presentation, as the planetarium doors
lock automatically, and no one is allowed to enter once a
show starts. So please be prompt and enjoy the presentation!
daytime attire is acceptable. Eating, drinking, chewing gum,
and smoking are not permitted in the planetarium. Teachers
and chaperones, please take measures to ensure that students are
aware of this policy beforehand, and that they do not even bring
things to snack on in the planetarium. The plantarium director
cannot police violators of this rule and run a planetarium show
at the same time, and cleaning up gum, sunflower seeds, and other
leavings after a show makes it impossible to maintain a show schedule
properly. Students must be accompanied by adults who will be responsible
for their group's behavior. If a behavior problem develops in the
planetarium, the director will suspend the show.
to the planetarium once you have reached the campus, find the building
with the clock tower on it. Buses may park right by the sidewalk
next to the college's gymnasium/wellness center. Even though you
may see a "Do not park" sign there, I have checked with the college,
and it is O.K. for buses. Go to the right of the building with the
clock tower and follow a wide sidewalk which goes up an incline.
There will be a low brick wall to the left of the sidewalk and a
painted metal handrail on the right. This takes you to a covered
walkway. Turn right and follow the walkway to a set of double doors,
with an electric eye to open them. Go through this and the next
set of double doors. Once inside, the planetarium entrance will
be the first set of double doors to your left(Rm. 1723). All reserved
groups shall enter and exit via these doors. Please call the planetarium
if you need further help with the directions. As a courtesy to college
students in class, guests are required to remain quiet in the hallways.
Unless you are being given a special presentation for preschoolers,
attendance by children under 5 years old is not recommended.
Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you!