The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium was built on the University of Arizona campus nearly 40 years ago and has been offering a variety of educational and informative programs ever since.

Among them, visitors will find an observatory, a laser show with music and and an exhibit describing Southern Arizona's "Sky Islands" - the areas of higher elevation such as Mt. Lemmon - that have unique flora and fauna.

Flandrau Director Bill Plant says the facility has become a source for fun, entertainment and education for all members of the community.

"I keep saying I have the coolest job on campus because not only do I get to work with such amazing people, but I get to see the smiles on all of these kids' and families' faces when, you know, they discover something new for the first time," Plant says.

Plant says the center will begin two new programs in the near future: lectures about the Sky Islands and a science summer camp for children from kindergarten to the fifth grade.