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Mobile planetarium coming soon to a Geauga school near you

Dec 21, 2016 11:15AM ● By Today's Family
A new portable planetarium has arrived at Geauga Park District – an amazing piece of equipment that will most definitely increase astronomy outreach in the community!

This mobile unit is equipped with the exact same software found in the grounded planetarium located at Observatory Park in Montville Township, said Chief Naturalist John Kolar.
“The advantage of this portable version is that we can take it to area schools and other groups as requested to offer them the same caliber planetarium shows,” he said. “We will also utilize it for public programs located at various parks throughout the year.”

Geauga Park District naturalists had previously created a homemade planetarium – think: holes popped in plastic representing constellations – to teach the incredible lessons of outer space. This is a real improvement to the product and should breathe new life into mobile astronomy education countywide.

Best of all, as are most Park District programs, the naturalist program utilizing this new tool is absolutely FREE for Geauga County schools and groups to request. To learn more about this offering, check out the Park District’s Environmental Education Catalog located online at under Education, then For Teachers.