Ways to Get Involved in GLPA

The Great Lakes Planetarium Association is successful and valuable because of the contributions of its members and sponsors. There are many ways to get involved and contribute your skills and experience. The opportunities listed below are just some of the ways to get involved. Contact someone on the Executive Committee if you have any other ideas, or if you have any questions.


Ongoing Opportunities:

  • Membership: become a GLPA member.
  • Stay in touch: subscribe to the GLPA email list.
  • Conference/Meetings: network and learn from others by attending a conference in the fall or state meeting in the spring.
  • Present: share your experience and ideas by presenting a paper or a poster at a conference or state meeting.
  • Ideas: if you have an idea for something that would be helpful to GLPA members, propose your idea to the current president and/or relevant Executive Committee member. 
  • Projects: if you have an idea for a project that you'd like to lead which is consistent with the mission of GLPA, but requires some financial assistance, please read our GLPA Project Proposals page and complete our GLPA Project Proposal Application to request funding.
  • Host: if you want to host a conference or state meeting, contact the president or your state coordinator.
  • Host an international planetarian: GLPA supports the IPS Week in the United States project by offering a mini-grant to cover the $500 required hosting fee.
  • Monthly Online Seminars:  Join these monthly professional development opportunities. A live presentation is followed by a question and answer session. Past presentations are also available for viewing. Note that the schedule of once per month does vary occasionally. 
  • Social Media: Join our online communities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • History Project: help the History Committee identify, assemble, and chronicle photos and documents related to GLPA events. Contact the GLPA Historian to find out how you can help.
  • Planetarians for the Planet:  This ad hoc working group hopes to help planetariums effect change regarding critical environmental challenges related to Earth's climate, environment, and biosphere.