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Field Trips

Students arriving at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center for a field trip.

Field trip groups have been visiting Morehead Planetarium and Science Center for more than 60 years. Morehead knows how to bring science to life, with exciting and inspiring planetarium showsScience Stage shows and Discovery Classes.

Our programming aligns with North Carolina Essential Standards, ensuring that your field trip will enhance your classroom instruction. Morehead’s Guest Relations team works closely with you, so your field trip will be a great educational experience.

Reservation ProcessGroup Pricing | Venue Capacity

Third Party & Charter Operators | Helpful Links | Recommendations

Reservation Process

Reservations are required for ALL groups of 10 or more people.

  • Complete one of the online request forms above to start the reservations process. You can request reservations for the below timeframes:
     
    • Summer 2018 reservations: for visits from 6/9/18 - 8/26/18.
    • Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 reservations: for visits from 9/17/18 - 5/3/19.
      • We will be closed for renovation from Monday May 7 - mid/late June.
    • Summer 2019 reservations will be available for request in late spring 2019. We do not anticiate being available for visits in May or June 2019 due to planned renovations.
  • Morehead's Reservations team will then contact you to discuss your reservation options and help complete your reservation. 

You are welcome to call Morehead’s Reservations team at 919-962-1236 with any questions.

Group Pricing

Our pricing has changed for the 2018-19 school year:

  • First Program: Students/Children $6.25; Adults $7.25 (planetarium shows or Science Stage shows or Discovery Class). Prices are pre-tax.
  • Multiple Program Discount: $4.00 per person (for each additional same day program) . Prices are pre-tax
  • Tax: A tax of 7.5% for state and local sales & use for admissions is applicable to all tickets for planetarium shows only. Tickets for science stage programs or discovery classes are exempt from sales & use tax. Our reservations team can share the pricing/person with tax after your reservation has been booked.
  • Children or adults included in a Morehead membership cannot use their membership benefits for admission during a school field trip or other group visit.

Every student and adult (educators, parents and bus drivers) in your group requires a ticket, and must be counted in your group reservation numbers. We provide one free adult ticket for every 10 students. 

Groups that have requested their visit on or before 7/31/18 will continue to receive our previous pricing. Groups requesting for Summer 2018 will also continue to receive the previous pricing.

  • Private Planetarium Shows:(only available after 4:30 PM on weekdays) Students/Children: $7.25; Adults $8.25; 1 free adult/10 students or children. Minimum charge of $400 must be met for any private show reservation. Tax of 7.5% is applicable to private shows.

 

Venue Capacity

Seating is limited in our venues:

* Exhibits are not open during field trip visits.

Third Parties and Charter Operators

For field trip reservations, it is Morehead’s policy to communicate directly with the school or group visiting in addition to the third party or charter operator. Please include the name of the school and a contact person at the school who we can copy on all email communications.

If a third party arranges a field trip visit, they are financially responsible for the visit, and payment is required two weeks in advance of the visit. "Third party" is defined as a company, organization or individual (charter operator, travel agent, etc.) who is not an employee of the school or group.

Catered Lunch From Area Vendors

Morehead does not coordinate lunch orders as an add-on for field trip groups, with the exception of schools receiving a Morehead scholarship with dedicated funds for lunch orders. 

However, schools are welcome to place catered lunch orders with area vendors. Below is a list of lunch vendors who have expressed an interest in serving school field trips, and are able to deliver catered lunches on-site during your visit to Morehead. Please feel free to contact them for pricing and placing your order. Payments must be made directly to the vendor, and cannot be sent to Morehead. Payment policies vary by vendor.

Chick-fil-a​
All meals include an entree, bag of chips, cookie, and a drink.
201 Estes Dr. Spc 51,
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Manager: Sammy Culberson
Email: cfachapelhillcatering@gmail.com (preferred)
Phone: 919.968.0126

Morehead is unable to guarantee delivery times or estimates for orders placed directly with vendors. However, we will have staff available to help receive, distribute, and store any catered lunches you order for your field trip. 

Helpful Links

If you are unable to download PDFs, please email mpsc_reservations@unc.edu to request a copy.

Recommendations for Your Field Trip

Pre-K

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! Science Showtime (Science Stage show)

Kindergarten

Magic Tree House® Space Mission (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! Science Showtime (Science Stage show)

Grade 1

Earth, Moon and Sun (planetarium show)
Magic Tree House® Space Mission (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! All Systems Go (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Science Showtime (Science Stage show)

Grade 2

Earth, Moon and Sun (planetarium show)
Magic Tree House® Space Mission (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! All Systems Go (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Magnificent Matter (Science Stage show)

Grade 3

Carolina Skies: Upper Elementary (planetarium show)
Earth, Moon and Sun (planetarium show)
Grossology and You (planetarium show)
Solar System Odyssey (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! All Systems Go (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Magnificent Matter (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Phenomenal Physics (Science Stage show)
Round and Round We Go (Discovery Class)
Solar Systematics (Discovery Class)

Grade 4

Astronaut (planetarium show)
Carolina Skies: Upper Elementary (planetarium show)
Earth, Moon and Sun (planetarium show)
Grossology and You (planetarium show)
Solar System Odyssey (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! All Systems Go (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Magnificent Matter (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Phenomenal Physics (Science Stage show)
Round and Round We Go (Discovery Class)

Grade 5

Astronaut (planetarium show)
Carolina Skies: Upper Elementary (planetarium show)
Grossology and You (planetarium show)
Solar System Odyssey (planetarium show)
Wildest Weather in the Solar System (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! All Systems Go (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Magnificent Matter (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Phenomenal Physics (Science Stage show)
Solar Systematics (Discovery Class)

Grade 6

Carolina Skies: Middle and High School (planetarium show)
Dynamic Earth (planetarium show)
Galileo: The Power of the Telescope (planetarium show)
Solar System Odyssey (planetarium show)
Wildest Weather in the Solar System (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! Magnificent Matter (Science Stage show)
Science LIVE! Phenomenal Physics (Science Stage show)
Solar Systematics (Discovery Class)

Grade 7

Black Holes : Journey into the Unknown (planetarium show)
Carolina Skies: Middle and High School (planetarium show)
Dynamic Earth (planetarium show)
Grossology and You (planetarium show)
Wildest Weather in the Solar System (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! Phenomenal Physics (Science Stage show)
Solar Systematics (Discovery Class)

Grade 8

Carolina Skies: Middle and High School 
Dynamic Earth (planetarium show)
Science LIVE! Magnificent Matter (Science Stage show)

High School

Carolina Skies: Middle and High School (planetarium show)
Dynamic Earth (planetarium show)