To reserve a field trip:
Email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 864-8814. Contact our office and make reservations two months or more in advance (whenever possible) to ensure preferred date and seating availability.
Please provide the following information:
A confirmation/invoice, general information sheet and campus map will be mailed once your reservation is on the field trip calendar. Groups should arrive at Planetarium building 10 minutes before the start of show to check-in and pay admission fees. Allow time for parking and walking to the facility from parking lots or bus drop off area. Due to the nature of our shows, and for safety, we are unable to seat groups once lights have been dimmed down.
Permits cost $3.00 and are valid for the entire day. All cars require parking permits, which can be purchased from yellow permit machines located on all lots. Machines accept dollar bills, coins and credit cards.
Carpools: Use the parking structure in Lot C.
School busses: Drop off area is by the Science Center Building in parking lot E. Busses should park across the street behind the Oaks shopping center after dropping off students.
Title 1 Schools Field Trip Project:
Thanks to the generosity of the Private Donors and Foundations, the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College is able to offer a limited number of free admissions to 3rd grade students from Title 1 Schools who are visiting the Planetarium with a school field trip.
Student admissions are subject to approval and availability of grant funds for the field trip school year calendar and will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis until depleted. Visiting students must meet the following criteria:
As of 9/5/2013... Due to high demand title 1 field trip admissions are currently depleted. Title 1 school groups may still submit their request; however requests will not be reviewed until more funding becomes available. Please complete this Title 1 Form. (pdf)
DOs and DON'Ts
Cell phones, Cameras and Shoes with Flashing Lights: NO cell phone or camera (video or picture) are allowed to be used while the show is in progress. Flashing shoes distract from the presentation – students will be asked to remove them while inside or if possible we ask that they not be worn the day of field trip.
Eating Areas: Your group is welcome to eat their snacks or lunch on the cement quad located next to the Planetarium, the grassy area next to the library, the tables located in the campus center or at Memorial Park, which is located across the street from De Anza as there is no eating, drinking or gum chewing permitted inside the Planetarium Facility.
Quiet Zone: There are classrooms adjacent to the Planetarium, please ask students to keep their voices down while they wait to enter and after they exit the Planetarium – if your group arrives earlier than your schedule time, plan a quiet activity such as reading, while you wait. Do not bring play equipment such as jump ropes or balls on campus – we greatly appreciate your cooperation, thank you.