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Educational Programmes and School Tours

The Queen's Observatory offers daytime tours for schools, summer camps and educational institutions. We are able to accommodate any range of ages by introducing the wonders of the sky to pre- and public school children, fueling the curiosity of secondary school students and even expanding the knowledge of University students.

Each hour-long tour consists of a presentation aimed to the specific educational requirements of the group (e.g., The Solar System or Telescopes & Our Universe) followed by viewing of sunspots and flares through the solar telescope on our observing deck. The students will get a chance to see our 14-inch reflecting telescope in the dome and learn how modern telescopes function and are used for astronomical studies.


Book your school tour today!

Programme Fees: $50.00 per class (alternatively $2.50 per student, supervisors free), minimum 10, maximum 25 students
Contact: Matthew Chequers, Queen's Observatory Coordinator
Email: observatory email
Phone: (613) 533-2711



The Miller Mueseum and Queen's Observatory Joint Programmes

The Queen's Observatory and the Queen's University Miller Museum of Geology have started a joint educational programme, The Earth & The Stars. The programmes are centered around the Grades 4, 6 and 9 science curricula, such that schools can bring one or two classes at a time, with each class spending an hour at each site.


Grade 4:

A planet-sized sunspot in one of the sharpest views ever of the surface of the Sun

The Observatory activities focus on the Energy and Control-- Light and Sound Energy strand of the Grade 4 science curriculum. Students learn about telescopes, the Sun and its effects on the Earth, and in our Solar System through slide shows and hands on telescope activities.

The Geology activities relate to the Earth and Space Systems-- Rocks, Minerals and Erosion strand of the curriculum. Through hands-on activities with real mineral samples, students learn about the identification and uses of minerals. Students are also able to view the mineral, rock, and fossil displays in the museum exhibit galleries.


Grade 6:

At the Observatory, students will learn about the characteristics of the Sun and planets in our Solar System and about exciting new planetary space missions. Our outdoor viewing deck also provides the opportunity to observe solar flares and sunspots with our solar telescope and visit the 14-inch telescope in our dome.

At the Geology Museum, students get to touch different types of meteorites, search for micrometeorites, model impact craters, and learn what meteorites tell us about the Earth. Students will also have time to tour the mineral, rock, and fossil displays in the museum exhibit galleries.


Grade 9:

At the Observatory, students will learn about various international (and space) observatories and the new age of astronomical observing. We explore the scale of our Universe, from the smallest meteorite to Big Bang and the large-scale structure of the cosmos. Our outdoor viewing deck also provides the opportunity to observe solar flares and sunspots with our solar telescope and visit the 14-inch telescope in our dome.

The Geology programme focuses on the origin of the Earth, and the clues in the rocks as to how it evolved and changed over the past 4.6 billion years. The students get to touch real meteorites, rocks, minerals, and fossils during the presentation, and they have the opportuntity to learn more about them through the displays in the museum exhibit galleries.


Book your tour today!

Programme Fees: $50.00 per class for the Observatory part of the joint Observatory-Miller Museum programme. There is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 people per class for the Observatory tour.

Observatory Contact: Matthew Chequers, Queen's Observatory Coordinator
Email: Observatory email
Phone: (613) 533-2711

Miller Museum Contact: Mark Badham, Miller Museum Curator
Email: Miller Museum email
Phone: (613) 533-6767

Suggested Itinerary:
9:30-10:30am : Class 1 at Miller Museum, Class 2 at Observatory
10:30am-10:45am : classes walk from one site to the other
10:45am-11:45am : Class 1 at Observatory, Class 2 at Miller Museum