For Educators: IMAX Films
Featuring a virtually seamless, 76-foot, tilted Nanoseam™ dome screen, the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theater functions both as Southern California’s only IMAX® Dome Theater and the largest planetarium in the state. Completely filling viewers’ peripheral vision, the hemispheric screen immerses you in the action and creates the illusion of being suspended in space. Our state-of-the-art, giant dome screen digital GSX™ projection system augments the existing IMAX projector with one of the most comprehensive and powerful full-dome experiences available today.
IMAX Film Schedule Change
YOU call the shots! Select a film and date range for your visit. Then, call a Client Services representative to identify the best match for your needs. Films will be shown at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. Reservations of 50 or more students lock in a film, date, and time. Book your field trip now!
Choosing a Space Theater Presentation
- Read the film descriptions and grade level recommendations. Refer to our Web site at www.rhfleet.org/education for additional information on how these films meet California Education Standards. Additional titles may be available. Please ask a Client Services representative for more information.
- Make your film selection and call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 to identify potential dates for your visit. Please have a few time frames in mind. Reservations are not accepted for the first Monday or Tuesday of each month.
- Most shows can be captioned and provisions can be made for your sign language interpreters as well. Please notify the Education Department at least two weeks in advance if arrangements need to be made.
- Some films may be available in Spanish. Restrictions apply. Call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 for details.
Monday — Friday
September — June:
9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
July — August: 9:45 a.m.
$7.00 per person
$1800 for buyout (310 people max)
One-hour visit to exhibit galleries included. Allow one hour for your theater experience. Film titles and dates are subject to availability.
Prices subject to change without notice.
Call 619-238-1233 ext. 806 for the latest pricing information.
Adventures in Wild California
Celebrate California’s natural wonders and unique culture! Heart-pounding imagery recreates experiences of California’s furthest edges that few will ever have first-hand. (Available in Spanish.) Pair this film with a Discovery Lab.
Africa: The Serengeti
Join the Great Migration and journey across the Serengeti plains with over 1.5 million animals, including wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and more.
Explore the harsh conditions, unique majesty, and unequaled beauty of the 49th state.
Witness the most mysterious, spectacular, and amusing migrations on the planet, from zebras in Africa to monarch butterflies in Mexico. (Available in Spanish.) Pair this film with a Discovery Lab.
Dare to come closer to polar bears, black bears, and half-ton grizzlies in their natural habitats. (Available in Spanish.)
Born to be Wild
From the rainforests of Borneo to the Kenyan savannah, follow two teams of experts as they rescue, rehabilitate, and return orangutans and elephants back to the wild. (Available in Spanish.)
Enter the magical, miniscule world of a butterfly and a praying mantis, and meet their bizarre and beautiful buggy friends. (Available in Spanish.)
Coral Reef Adventure
Soar over the volcanic peaks of Tahiti, dive 350 feet to explore deep corals off the shore of Fiji, and swim among hundreds of sharks in the canyons of the Rangiroa atoll.
Mixing exciting computer animation with cutting-edge science, Cosmic Voyage provides a sweeping view of the universe across some 42 orders of magnitude and explores some of the greatest scientific theories.
Come see the breathtaking views of the tremendous diversity of marine life and witness the importance of interrelationships between animals to the health of the environment. From the Mantis Shrimp—who engages in a one-on-one, matador-like challenge with a threatening octopus—to the Green Sea Turtle—who allows schools of fish aestheticians to clean its shell of unwanted algae—DEEP SEA focuses on the unusual and often surprising alliances struck between some of the world’s most extraordinary animals.
This Academy Award-nominated film invites viewers to take the plunge with dolphins, from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the windswept seas of Patagonia.
Experience the dramatic story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength, and triumph in the wake of tragedy on the world’s highest mountain.
Forces of Nature
Showcasing the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes, and severe storms, this film follows scientists as they go on ground-breaking quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. (Available in Spanish.)
Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk
Take an exhilarating river-rafting adventure down the Colorado River on a critical mission of water conservation and river restoration.
Featuring stunning imagery of distant galaxies, planets, and the birth of stars, HUBBLE showcases NASA’s last mission to service one of history’s most important observatories. (Available in Spanish.)
The Human Body
Get an astonishing look at the daily biological processes that go on in our own bodies without our control and often without our notice. (Available in Spanish.)
Journey into Amazing Caves
Intrepid filmmakers and cavers bring back unprecedented footage from remote ice caves, underwater caves, and terrestrial caves.
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West
This film follows Lewis and Clark’s grueling 8,000 mile expedition through prairies, forests, and river rapids as they document plant and animal specimens and meet with Native American tribes at the turn of the 19th century. (Available in Spanish.)
To the Arctic
TO THE ARCTIC takes you on a never-before-seen journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
The Living Sea
Featuring locations around the world, this film celebrates the beauty, power, and importance of the ocean.
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
Follow explorers and scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies, bringing to life the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. (Available in Spanish.)
Mysteries of Egypt
Set against the wondrous backdrop of the sweeping Nile and the majestic Giza pyramids, this film takes the viewer on an engaging journey through the Land of the Pharaohs.
Mystery of the Nile
Encounter dangerous rapids, hippos, and crocodiles, as well as the beauty of ancient cultures from Ethiopia to Egypt, as you travel the world’s longest river. (Available in Spanish.)
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
Become submerged in an 80 million-year-old scientific mystery to uncover the secrets of the most bizarre and ferocious creatures to ever inhabit Earth's oceans. (Available in Spanish.)
Experience monsoons, hurricanes, and tornadoes around the planet as you journey with scientists seeking to predict these phenomena.
See the first IMAX feature solely about tornadoes: the people they attract, the scientists who study them, and the awesome spectacle they create. (Available in Spanish.)
Under the Sea
Experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea in the most exotic and isolated locations on Earth, including southern Australia and Papua New Guinea. (Available in Spanish.) Pair this film with a Discovery Lab.
Meet blue whales, orca whales, white whales, and dolphins while following humpbacks traveling thousands of miles from the frigid coast of Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii.
Enjoy the spectacular beauty, dramatic geothermal activity, and unique wildlife of Yellowstone National Park, including a sunrise over the Grand Tetons and a trip inside Old Faithful.
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
The Fleet’s daily public planetarium show, Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, produced by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will guide you through otherworldly wormholes to experience the creation of the Milky Way galaxy and the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole.
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Two young adventurers turn an old cardboard box into a rocket, and with the help of a magical book and their vivid imaginations, blast off on an awesome journey to the most amazing places in the solar system. Gasp in amazement at the huge planet Jupiter, find out what Saturn’s rings are made of, and discover the secret of the cardboard rocket.
Educator's Resource Guide
- Outreach Programs
- Family Science Nights
- Discovery Labs
- Nierman Challenger Learning Center
- IMAX Films
- Exhibit Galleries
- Home School Classes
- Special Events
- Teacher Guide
- Registration and Field Trip Policies
- Contact the Education Department
Nierman Challenger Learning Center
The Nierman Challenger Learning Center at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a part of a growing network of centers worldwide that are being established by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in memory of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger.