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School Programs

In-person and online programs and teacher resources to educate and inspire.

A Stellar Resource for Education

Soon after opening in 1935, Griffith Observatory initiated one of the first school visit programs in the region. Generations of Los Angeles-area students have made the pilgrimage up Mount Hollywood on school buses for a one-of-a-kind experience in science education. Whether you are a fifth-grade student attending our in-person school program or our online school program or a teacher seeking resources and unique activities to teach about the universe, Griffith Observatory has something for you.

The Observatory’s fifth-grade school programs are funded by Griffith Observatory Foundation. Join the Foundation in supporting accessible S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs by making a donation today.

A girl looks through a telescope at the Griffith Observatory
Fifth grade students

Fifth-Grade In-Person School Program

Our signature in-person school program sparks curiosity and wonder in students and helps their teachers bring science to life. Offered for free, the two-and-a-half hour standards-based program transforms students into observers as they experience the exhibits, instruments, and theater presentations guided by talented Observatory staff.

RETURNING IN SPRING 2023

Fifth-Grade Online School Program

Our interactive, virtual school program is broadcast live to classrooms from Griffith Observatory. Aligned with the fifth-grade standards, each of the four modules addresses a different aspect of observation and is presented by knowledgeable Museum Guides and Telescope Demonstrators. The program’s message is straightforward but profound: if we learn how to observe and do so carefully, we are rewarded with new insight.

Registration is open for fifth-grade teachers.

Teacher Resources

Whether your class has a reservation for the fifth-grade school program or is just visiting during regular operating hours, we offer resources and activities to make each student’s experience richer and more inspiring.