The Mission of the FOP
The Friends of the (Palomar College) Planetarium (FOP) is a non-profit association affiliated with the Palomar College Foundation formed to help the Palomar Community College District promote the Planetarium and develop educational outreach activities for the community, to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists and engineers through activities at the Planetarium, to support the Planetarium as a venue to help K-12 students connect with the science of astronomy and improve science education in the U.S. Ultimately by supporting the Planetarium and its capabilities it is the goal of the FOP to promote the importance of student and community learning of astronomy and our understanding of the Universe.
The FOP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) auxiliary of the Palomar College Foundation.
Benefits of Membership
As a member of the Friends of the Planetarium you can feel good that you are supporting the educational outreach of the Palomar College Planetarium. Your financial support helps us make the planetarium available to local K-12 school groups, and helps bring high quality educational programming to the planetarium. As a thank you for your membership, we have various levels of benefits that will let you participate in members-only activities at the planetarium and enjoy members-only perks when you attend our public nights.
The benefits of membership include:
- Personalized membership card
- Early seating on Friday night planetarium shows
- Invitations to members-only special events:
- Guest lectures
- Field trips
- Star parties
- Discounted Show Tickets (dependent upon membership level)
- Free Show Tickets (dependent upon membership level)
- Discounts at the planetarium gift shop