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Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium

Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium

News & Notes

Our next public programs will be held the weekends of Three Rivers Festival, July 11-19, 2014.

The Schouweiler Planetarium and its staff are proud to participate in this year's 3 Rivers Festival.  The Schouweiler has been a part of the festival every year for several decades except in 2009 when our building was closed for summer construction.

This year we are offering a smorgasbord of planetarium experiences to provide you with a chance to see one or more of our planetarium shows accompanied by our staff led tour of the night sky.  If you have not yet seen our newest show for adults and young people 5th grade and over, "The Planets," it will be offered twice during the festival.  Two of our other adult shows will be offered weekend evenings.  And of course all three of our graded shows for young people and their adult friends will be offered during the two weekends as matinees.

 Jean Sorg Retires

Jean Sorg our planetarium secretary and “booking agent” recently retired. Jean did an amazing job booking group planetarium experiences, keeping the web site updated, keeping the Planetarium Educators, as well as the Technician, and Director on track. For many of you Jean was the first person who greeted you upon your group’s arrival at the planetarium.

Like all of the planetarium personnel, Jean was a part-time USF employee with a full-time commitment to the planetarium mission. She will be missed.

During the short term immediate future, Kathleen Lotter, Administrative Assistant will be doing the scheduling as she has time in addition to her other responsibilities. Kathleen’s contact information for the planetarium has been substituted for Jean’s, hopefully on all but the historical articles on this web site.

The planetarium is closed for group visits during the month of June and August, however we are still booking group visits for the month of July.

As always when you contact Kathleen to book a group planetarium experience, she may put you in touch with the Planetarium Director to work out a customization scheme for your group visit and answer further questions.

last updated: 7/8/14

Notes From The Director

New Shows enter private group program catalogue

It gives me great pleasure to announce that our two newest shows have entered our Group Program catalogue and are now available to private and educational groups booking a Schouweiler Planetarium experience.

Larry Cat in Space is a humorous cartoon tale of a pet cat who stows away and finds himself on the Moon. Targeted for grades K-4, Larry Cat is our Moon show and fun for all ages.

The Planets is an up-to-date tour of the solar system and its galactic neighborhood. It features recent imagery and video from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).  Targeted for audiences from grade 5 through adults.

Schouweiler Planetarium Terminology

The Schouweiler Planetarium Experience

Attendees to our public and private group planetarium experiences know that each 90-minute experience consists of 2 parts: a pre-produced multi-media "show" and a staff led live participation session.

For our public planetarium experiences the live staff led session consists of a tour of the current night sky, as well as star chart and basic naked eye viewing skills.

Our private group planetarium experiences generally follow the same format with one exception. Because each group is unique in terms of content needs, age abilities, size and interest; no pre-produced multi-media show can totally address the needs of each group. We therefore encourage our group clients to request a "customized" live staff session to emphasize particular content items and enhance the group's learning experience. For a customized group experience the staff led tour of the sky will be adjusted appropriately to allow for the group's specific customization within the alloted time. Our group event pricing is based on the pre-produced show price and there is no additional charge for the live session whether or not it is customized.

Upon booking your group's planetarium experience, be sure to make your questions and needs known. The booking secretary will then arrange for the planetarium director to contact you about options and to design your live session.

This process will happen automatically when you inquire about booking one of our "2-Fer" Planetarium Experiences of approximate 4 hours duration. 2-Fers include 2 pre-produced shows and 2 hours of live staff led learning modules. The group show listing pages will soon become more specific in suggesting some possible live session customization modules.

Alan Pareis
Planetarium Director

Updated 6/13/14

Planetarium Program Public Show Admission

$4 for adults, $3 for children under 18, and $3 for senior citizens. The maximum charge is $14 per family (family consisting of 2 adults and their dependent children). USF Students, Faculty and Staff admission is $1 with ID. Purchase tickets at the door. Please arrive prior to program time to avoid congestion in the hallway. No admittance to anyone after the start time.

Please check back later for information on more upcoming public events in 2014.

To schedule your private group program, or for more information regarding our programs, including planetarium location, please contact Kathleen at 260-399-7700, ext. 8211.

We are now scheduling private groups and schools for the 2013-2014 school year. Call our planetarium information and scheduling line, 260-399-7700, extension 8211, or send an email to, and we will be delighted to answer your questions and schedule your show.

Please note we prefer a minimum advance notice of 4 weeks (6 weeks for Two-Fer Programs) to schedule a program. Due to staff and facility availability, we may not be able to accommodate requests made with less than four weeks' notice.

The planetarium is closed the months of January, June and August for show production and equipment maintenance.


Mailing List

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Public Shows at the Planetarium, please send your email address to: and you will be added to our distribution list. Thank you.


The Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium is located on the campus of the University of Saint Francis.  Please enter off of Leesburg Road entrance, east side of campus.  We are located inside Achatz Hall.   Campus Map

 Updated 07/8/2014