Scheduling a Visit
If you are a teacher, camp organizer, group leader, director, etc. you can arrange for a private event at Dooley Planetarium. Each year we host groups from all over the state of South Carolina. We provide shows all year and can work with you to set up the best time for a visit.
Getting Started - Determine how many shows you will need
A visit to the planetarium will not cost your group anything, but you may have to consider transportation and meals. We can handle groups up to 75 in one show. If you have more than 75 (including all attendees - students, teachers, chaperones) you can either look at having back-to-back presentations or multiple show dates.
When to Come - Pick your potential dates
Visit the Availability Calendar and look for dates colored green. These are open for programs. If you require an afternoon program you may need to contact us if a date you would like is not green on the calendar. Any date in white is not available.
What to see? - Pick your show content
Groups may opt to watch a fulldome video or have us present live. We can cover a wide variety of topics in a live show or even add content after watching a fulldome video. K-12 teachers can submit topics they need covered to meet any science standards. We will be in touch if we have any questions or additional ideas. We can also often add material right before a show or during the middle, but prefer having these details worked out prior to the show start time.
Submit the Form - Provide the group details
Once you have dates, times, and number of shows worked out you are ready to submit a request form. Our online form will allow you to put in your group information and select the dates for your show(s). Complete the captcha at the bottom of the form and then click submit. Once we receive the form it may take 1-2 business days before you receive a confirmation. During this time Ms. Owens will be checking with the operators to ensure someone is available for the dates and times you request.