Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

Get Involved

Giving Astronomy Presentation 

We are looking for volunteers to help with education presentation on a broad range of astronomy subjects. Our presentations reflect the knowledge and interests of volunteers.

A show typically involves a starball presentation followed by a powerpoint lecture. Presenters often include music, video or access the internet.

Presentations usually done at planetarium, but occasionally are at another location such as Valley Library.

You don't have to use powerpoint. You can deliver a traditional lecture with lots of Q&A or have a hands on science or art project or show a movie.

We are open to educational ideas outside the box of traditional lecture and powerpoint.

Topics Ideas

  • celestial navigation
  • astronomy legends and stories from various cultural perspectives
  • A famous astronomer or astronomical event
  • NASA and private space missions

We can teach you to use the starball to show the night sky and explain features such as constellations.

Our greatest need people who have the knowledge and interest to share their love of astronomy to students from Kindergarten to high school , especially children in younger grades.

You can plan an all ages show or choose to cater your show children (within an age range) or cater your show adults. Anyone can come to any presentation, but the target audience it up to the presenter and will be indicated when show publicized.

We also have a need to people to organize hand on science and/or art projects instead of or in addition to traditional powerpoint lecture format. We have art supplies.

We have lots of books for reading projects K-12 grade or for you to research a topic.

We welcome creative ways to use the planetarium - see examples below

  • Yoga or Chanting Under the Stars
  • Astronomy Poetry readings
  • Music under the stars
  • Mudroom style astronomy stories.
  • Science fiction and astronomy movies.

Organize a Stargazing Party

Contact Steve at [email protected]

Qualities Needed in Volunteers

We need volunteers who will encourage questions from audiences and are comfortable with audiences who differ in age and their astronomical and scientific knowledge.

We need volunteers who has enthusiastic about astronomy and have knowledge of  the subject they wish to share. 

If volunteers want to use starball, they must be trained by another volunteer and handle the equipment carefully.

Volunteer are encouraged to interview on KTOO's Juneau Afternoon, but it is not mandatory. 

Publicity currently done by board members Cristina and Steve. Volunteer needs to communicate with them at least two weeks before presentation to allow time for PSA's etc. Contact Cristina at [email protected]