The Robert H. Johnson Planetarium provided a space for thousands of students to learn about the stars for decades. Unfortunately the planetarium was closed in 2009 and has been neglected since. We are dedicated to seeing this staple of the Lakewood community reopened so the next generation of students and the public can have access to the night sky. After restoration, we envision the planetarium providing walk in and scheduled shows covering both educational and entertainment content for all ages. The theater would also be open to the public for events ranging from concerts and movies, to speeches and other community activities.

Of course repairing nearly a decade of neglect will take a lot of work. Learn how you can get involved below and check out the restoration plan to learn what steps we are taking to bring the RHJ Planetarium back to the Lakewood community.

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Donating is one of the most tangible ways you can support the planetarium's restoration. We need the community's support so we can start restoration now while we work to get the county's support.

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Donor Highlights

We’ve got an amazing group of donors from around Lakewood! People have been showing a huge amount of enthusiasm and foundness for the planetarium, and it has been a huge pleasure getting to know them! Check out some of the … Read More

What's the Community Saying?

I was one of thousands of Jeffco students who visited the planetarium regularly. It was the highlight of every school year (well, that and Outdoor Lab). I would love to visit again. And Again. And Again........

Carol Hall

GoFundMe Supporter

I remember in grade school learning about space and how wonderful it is. This place isn't just virtual star-gazing, this is a place that let me learn how the sun and stars all work together and how we are a part of the universe.

Nicole Sganga

GoFundMe Supporter

This place served not only as a place of education, but as a imaginative portal that held the power to transport us kids into space, and as we grew older and learned more it satisfied our curiosities for the unknown; Showing us just how amazing the magnitude of our universe really is. I can honestly say this place is almost solely responsible for my love of anything astro related.

Dan Linden

Facebook Supporter

I remember being entirely captivated and enthralled when attending a show at the Planetarium, and I want future generations to feel the same, having that passion about space and science.

Emma Dowell

GoFundMe Supporter

I went here as a child and I’m hoping my kids can too. It’s already built! It would be a shame for it to go to waste.

Tisha Benner

GoFundMe Supporter
[I donated] Because I really enjoyed going to the planetarium as a kid and now a days I love to take astrophotography and will never stop looking up! text goes here

Amanda Evans

It was my favorite field trip in elementary school.

Robbin Gheesling

Donation: $10

Thanks for your continued advocacy for the planetarium. My husband asked me last year how we're using the planetarium, since he had spent time there when he was a Jeffco student, and I had no idea what he was talking about. Great to see it's on your radar! I've asked district leadership to identify who needs to be at the table to have a conversation about the planetarium, from facilities to student engagement folks. We'll circle back once they have a chance to meet. Thanks!

Stephanie Schooley

President, Jefferson County Board of Education

I hope your quest to save the dome is successful, I think it is awesome what you're doing 🙂

Melanie Smith

GoFundMe Supporter

My children grew up in Jeffco and had access to this facility. I appreciated the knowledge they received from this facility.

Sheryl Larsen

I went to great shows as a kid an look forward to taking my students.

Yara Fedde

GoFundMe Supporter

I went here as a kid too!

Miranda Larsen-Funk

I went to the planetarium as a kid and it was an amazing learning experience. I drive by every day and tell myself it would be so cool to get is reopened.

Breanna Moak

GoFundMe Supporter

I can't think of a better person to oversee a planetarium revival than someone as passionate and dedicated as Ariel! Best of luck on the project!

Murti Nauth

GoFundMe Supporter

I went to this planetarium when I was a kid and I want kids today to get to go there too. The stars inspire, kids need to be inspired to look up, be curious and dream.

Dana Guy

GoFundMe Supporter

Ariel is a true dreamer! He loves science they should rename this after him when it re-opens.

Austin Swaim

GoFundMe Supporter

My father was an astrophysicist and I spent much of my youth in planetariums and staring at the stars. Would love to have a place close to go to!

MJ Kennedy

GoFundMe Supporter

I found my love for space here as well! So for this

Elizabeth Gonzales

GoFundMe Supporter

I went here as a child and it is one of my fondest memories as well.

Jennifer Hodson

GoFundMe Supporter

My fascination for space and the planets came from my 6th grade trips to the planetarium! I loved this place!

Kathy Derks

GoFundMe Supporter

My favorite field trip! Every kid should have the opportunity to go, several times!

Amy Dennison

GoFundMe Supporter

I grew up coming here and learning about the universe, I would hate to see younger generations not be able to do that same.

Jake Mitchell

GoFundMe Supporter

Growing up, I remember being exited to go to the planetarium for field trips. I was sad that they closed down, but reading your story and plan, I think this is a great mission to get it up and running again! Thank you!

Leeana Ramos

GoFundMe Supporter

Loved this place as a kid and I want to see it continue to foster a love of the stars for others.

Krystal Tubbs

GoFundMe Supporter

This was my favorite memory of primary school. We need it back in our community!!

Genoa Alexander

GoFundMe Supporter

I too remember this fantastic building from my childhood. I would love to see it reopened.

Josh Scott

GoFundMe Supporter

I loved going there. It was pretty cool back in grade school!

Robin Lujan

GoFundMe Supporter

I, too, loved this planetarium as a child. And even though I went into the medical field, I never forgot my love of the stars. I think this is a wonderful idea.

Lisa McGee

GoFundMe Supporter

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I am a Jeffco alum turned science teacher! We had a great science curriculum, including field trips to this planetarium and Outdoor Lab. I am grateful! I can donate a little each month. Thank you and good luck with this project!

Joanna Clapham

GoFundMe Supporter

I went here as a child and I’m hoping my kids can too. It’s already built! It would be a shame for it to go to waste.

Tisha Benner

GoFundMe Supporter

I had a few field trips here as a school child, it was always a fun learning experience! Hope many others can do the same!

Jennifer Kirby

GoFundMe Supporter

The Planetarium was an amazing field trip for me in elementary school. It started my love of astronomy and understanding the universe!

Hannah Moody-Goo

GoFundMe Supporter

I loved coming here as a kid. Part of every Jeffco elementary student's store of fond memories. I remember being mesmerized and captivated every time, and I was really sad when it closed when I was in 5th grade. Best of luck Ariel-- we're all behind you!

Isabella Contolini

GoFundMe Supporter

I remember being entirely captivated and enthralled when attending a show at the Planetarium, and I want future generations to feel the same, having that passion about space and science.

Emma Dowell

GoFundMe Supporter

This was my first planetarium as well. I think it's crucial that our community revamp it for future generations to inspire wonder and curiosity about space!

Andi Davis

GoFundMe Supporter

This was one of my favorite field trips growing up in Jeffco. Only one of my kids got to go before it closed. I’d love to see it reopen!

Renae Schley

GoFundMe Supporter

This was one of my favorite memories and field trip in elementary school.

Nicole Monaco

GoFundMe Supporter

This was the best field trip as a kid and I want future generations to be able to experience the magic and wonder of a trip to the planetarium.

Ann McCall

GoFundMe Supporter

I used to go to this planetarium as a kid, and would love to visit it again. I also want to give kids the chance to experience space for the first time in this planetarium like I did!

Mitch Waibel

GoFundMe Supporter

Another Jeffco alumni who was inspired by this place. This is why the people should vote to increase school funding, so we don't have to donate here.

Graham Matheson

GoFundMe Supporter

I loved the Jeffco planetarium as a kid and would love to see it reopened

Michael Lemke

GoFundMe Supporter

I also had my first planetarium experience at that planetarium, and fell in love with space there!

Ruth Burns

GoFundMe Supporter

This place was the catapult for my passion of STEM. I’m still a student in the stem world and would love to help light others interest in any field of science.

Malissa Motes

GoFundMe Supporter

I loved going here as a child!

Laura Green

GoFundMe Supporter

I went here when I was in grade school, I am shocked and didn't know that it is no longer being funded for use. Just terrible to remove such an important educational option!

Terrie Vaughan

GoFundMe Supporter

Science and kids are important to this community!

Katie Truong

GoFundMe Supporter

Saw you on the news this evening and happy to support this goal! It would be amazing to have a working planetarium right in the neighborhood for our children and many others to experience. Yeah, SCIENCE!

Kelly Thomas

GoFundMe Supporter

I think it's a great idea!

Edwige Simon

GoFundMe Supporter

For the planetarium!

Austin Jolly

GoFundMe Supporter

Science education prepares us for the future.

Darien Gould

GoFundMe Supporter

I hope you are able to achieve this goal! I loved the planetarium as a kid, and I'm sad that students no longer visit. I already have a copy of your book, so go ahead and save them for others who donate 🙂

Katie Greeson

GoFundMe Supporter

The planetarium was named after my father, Robert H Johnson. who was Superintendent of Jeffco schools from 1954--1961 at the time of great growth with this newly reorganized School District. Three generations of our family have graduated from Jeffco Schools and we couldn't be prouder. Hopefully the planetarium will open again as people of Jeffco realize what an educational asset it is. The people saved Outdoor Education program (that started during my father's tenure) because of memories and appreciation of this amazing opportunity to study in the mountains. So there's hope for the planetarium.

Martha Kyhn

District Family

It's closed? They should open it to the public cause I'd dig learning. I went there at least 3 times... Shame

Jay Parker

Community Supporter

That was my FAVORITE field trip..I think I got to go a couple times..they had a cool moon rock on display..it was so amazing!!

Raina Rencehausen-Moore

Community Supporter

The sooner we turn outward, the better, and I consider a place for folks to see the rest of the universe that's beyond our atmosphere essential, as our night lighting obscures the stars above us.

Dwight Prouty

Community Supporter

I've always loved the planetarium and this is where that love started for me!

Lexi Black

Community Supporter

Very educational. my daughter always enjoyed going with her class. Don't get rid of this wonderful teaching tool.

Tony Castorino

Community Supporter

For the first time in over a decade efforts are being made to repair and restore the RHJ Planetarium to a world class facility. This is an opportunity for Lakewood to restore a historic community space for everyone to learn about the natural world and gather together. This is a multi-million dollar project, and we can start making progress now with donations from the community as we work with the district to get additional support.

Not only will your donation help get the restoration started, but having your support helps to show the district that restoring the planetarium is important to the community and a worth while investment.

Right now the easiest way to support the restoration is to contribute through our GoFundMe campaign. If you'd prefer to contribute through other means please contact us below and we'd be happy to work with you.

Reach Out To Us

Let the committee know if you are interested in volunteering or contributing to the restoration. There's a lot involved with restoring the planetarium and we will need the support of volunteers as well as contractors to reopen it, so there are ways everyone can help. We are happy to answer any questions regarding sponsoring the restoration or volunteering.