Outreach Programs

As part of its mission, the UM-D Observatory is committed to providing engaging and instructional K-12 outreach programming for the children of southeastern Michigan.

In collaboration with our partner institution Henry Ford Community College (HFCC), we offer a range of astronomy-related programs designed to meet Michigan Curriculum Framework Grade Level Content Expectations.

Programs may include:

  • Observatory Tours, with views of astronomical objects through our telescopes, weather permitting
  • Planetarium Shows (Planetarium closed for renovations until 10/1/2011)
  • Scale Model of the Solar System
  • Content specific activities for 4th to 12th grade students

We have daytime or evening programs designed for:

  • K-12 Classrooms
  • Home school groups
  • Scout Troops

Please contact Steve Murrell at HFCC for information on the Planetarium or Scale Model of the Solar System.

Contact Carrie Swift for information about Observatory Tours or content-specific presentations.


In addition to programs specifically for children we offer a regular schedule of evening public viewing events, planetariums shows and other astronomy-related events throughout the year.  These programs have been designed to appeal to all ages and experience, and are free and open to the public.

See the Public Events Calendar for the dates, times, and locations of upcoming events.

Dave Matzke demonstrates the safe method of viewing the solar transit of Venus.