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Help us reach 100 more donors & unlock a $5,000 bonus gift!

A longtime supporter, Parke Kunkle has pledged a $5,000 bonus gift if 100 more donors give by June 30. Help bring engaging science experiences to your community. Donate today and you’ll make a greater impact!

UPDATE (6/15): We did it! The bonus gift has been unlocked! Thank you to those who have contributed to date. There's still time to get involved in supporting the Bell by making a gift today!

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Join Parke in helping return a state-of-the-art public planetarium to Minnesota and increase access to quality science programs and PreK-12 educational resources. Your gift to the new Bell Museum + Planetarium will impact learners of all ages in your community and across Minnesota.

Learn about Parke’s story and support the Bell today to unlock this bonus gift!

Parke Kunkle

Parke Kunkle is a teacher of astronomy and longtime supporter of the Bell Museum & Planetarium

Why I Give: Bringing Critical Science Resources to Minnesota

How can children wish upon a star when they haven't even seen one? How can generations understand the environmental changes to our planet and Minnesota over time? How can learners of all ages be inspired—and empowered—to create a better future?

The Bell Museum & Planetarium will be critical to igniting imaginations, stimulating learning about STEM and the arts, and connecting generations with nature, our universe, and breakthrough University research. I hope you will join me in support today!

Return a Public Planetarium to Minnesota

I love to see people learn, and my career began over 45 years ago teaching physics, math and astronomy. During this time, I helped bring over 10,000 students to the Minneapolis planetarium, which closed in 2002.

Words cannot describe how excited I am to return a public planetarium to Minnesota. Astronomy is a perfect natural medium within which students see the importance of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, math AND the arts. An entire generation has missed out on this extremely important resource. Now through the hard work of many people, especially supporters of the Bell Museum and Minnesota Planetarium Society, we will bring one back.

Exciting Features of the New Museum

Now is an important time for others to get involved. You can help bring back critical science resources and make an impact on generations of learners.

I know you will be amazed by the opportunity to fly through the universe and see the awesome size of the cosmos in the planetarium! It will also transport you back in time to witness the formation of Minnesota’s geologic features and on an exploration deep inside the human brain.

There will be so much more at the new museum! All ages will be inspired by science experiences in the galleries, planetarium, classrooms, science labs, outdoor learning environments, and rooftop observation deck. Exhibits will tell the story of life—through an exploration of the elements formed in the cosmos to its origins on Earth, Minnesota’s diverse species, and the exciting possibilities of our future.

Like me, I know you can’t wait to see the breathtaking dioramas in a new context. You’ll also be able to get up close to a life-size woolly mammoth in the new walk-through glacial diorama.

Together We Will Make a Greater Impact

I know how important the Bell Museum & Planetarium are to our state. Now it’s time for me to step up and increase my support. And I’m asking for your help to make an even bigger impact!

Please consider making a gift in support today. If 100 more donors make a gift by June 30, I will give the Bell a $5,000 bonus gift. Gifts of all sizes make a difference. As I’ve learned by working with countless others to get the project this far, together we will make a greater impact.

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P.S. I toured the construction site last month, and I will admit that I cried. To finally see this new facility take shape after so many of us worked on it for so long was overwhelming. Dreams really can come true! Please join me in support today!

Image credit: Michael Cannon, 2011.

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