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School Programs

Formal programs, informal activities, 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 in buses up Mount Hollywood for a unique experience in science education. Whether you are a fifth-grade student attending our on-site or online school program, a student of any age visiting informally during regular operation to learn about astronomy, 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. Please help the Foundation by making a donation.

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

Fifth-Grade In-Person School Program

Griffith Observatory’s fifth-grade school program is a two-and-a-half-hour experience which uses the Observatory’s telescope, exhibit, and building content, as well as programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater, to explore our place in the universe. Museum Guides, Telescope Demonstrators, and Observatory Lecturers guide students in standards-based learning experiences using our unique facilities. Each component of the program is designed to complement the others and to support the fifth-grade education standards. Thanks to Griffith Observatory Foundation, there is no charge for students to attend a program. Sessions are usually held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, from October to early June. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. Only fifth-grade classes will be considered for school program visits.


Fifth-Grade Online School Program

Announcing the Griffith Observatory Online School Program for the Spring 2022 semester: A live, interactive, virtual school program for fifth-grade students. The program offers live and prepared elements that feature Griffith Observatory’s knowledgeable Museum Guides, Telescope Demonstrators, and Observatory Lecturers. Like the on-site school program, the online program is offered to interested fifth-grade classes on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage participation by schools in communities that have limited access to special science outreach initiatives. Griffith Observatory’s online school program is hosted entirely through Zoom, is delivered life from Griffith Observatory, and meets current fifth-grade standards (NGSS 2015).

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.