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Support the Planetarium

There are many ways to support the planetarium!   

  • Come see a show! Consult our calendar for show times.   
  • Enroll in the "Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium." 
  • You could make a donation by clicking on "donate now" below - this will take you to a Parkland College Foundation page where you can use a credit card.   (Note this site is not for groups paying for field trips or for Friends memberships!).  Fill in your information at the top, then scroll down and click on the button for "Department/Program/Scholarship fund" then type "Planetarium" in the box.   We very much appreciate your tax-deductible contribution!!
  • Sponsor one of our new seats. For a $400 one-time donation, we will put your name on one of our new Irwin planetarium chairs, installed in the fall of 2016.  A small gold plaque will be affixed to the chair of your choice plus, soon this web site will become interactive where you can see who sponsored seats online.   Contact Dave Leake at 217-351-2567 or email for more information. 

>> Donate Now

Click on this seating diagram to launch the selection form