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Volunteer by Sharing Space

By teaching others in your community about space science and exploration and why it’s important, you can do your part to build public support for space programs. 

The resources on this page are designed to help you inspire in others a passion for space exploration. You’ll find tools to learn more about The Planetary Society, space science and exploration, policy and advocacy, and conducting great outreach. You’ll also find outreach toolkits on key topics that are important to The Planetary Society, such as planetary defense and the LightSail program, that you can use to educate yourself and your community.  

Be sure to sign up to our mailing list to receive The Downlink, a weekly email newsletter that keeps you up to speed on space news, provides updates on Planetary Society activities, and announces new volunteer resources and opportunities. 

Any time you do any kind of outreach using the tools we provide here, we want to hear about it! We invite you to fill out the volunteer activity report form to tell us about what you did and to help us showcase and recognize your amazing work.

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can email volunteer@planetary.org. Thank you so much for your work on behalf of The Planetary Society and in support of space exploration!

A volunteer-organized space conference in London, UK
A volunteer-organized space conference in London, UK

Get Educated

As an outreach volunteer, it’s important that you educate yourself as much as possible about The Planetary Society and the topics that we are passionate about. Here you’ll find documents, videos, and online courses to help you equip yourself to teach others.

Kids in Ukraine learning about the solar system
Kids in Ukraine learning about the solar system

Outreach Toolkits

These toolkits cover topics that are central to The Planetary Society’s mission. We are always in the process of developing new toolkits, and we will alert all our volunteers when a new one is available. The presentation notes are to inform you as a presenter but try not to just read them aloud when you give the presentation. We also encourage you to translate the presentation notes if your audience speaks another language. Check out our other important tips for giving a great presentation.

The LightSail Program

This toolkit tells the story of The Planetary Society’s crowd-funded solar sailing missions. It is intended for presentations to any age group.

LightSail 1 with solar sails deployed

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LightSail 1 with solar sails deployed
LightSail 1 captured this image of its deployed solar sails in Earth orbit on June 8, 2015.

Defending Planet Earth

Planetary defense -- protecting Earth from impacts by comets and asteroids -- is one of The Planetary Society's core enterprises. This toolkit will help volunteers teach their communities about the threat that near-Earth objects pose, how we are mitigating that threat, and what we are learning in the process. For additional resources, you can check out planetary.org/defense.

Defending Earth

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Tell Us About Your Work!

Anytime you conduct outreach on behalf of The Planetary Society, we want to hear about it! This report form allows us to track the impact of our outreach tools and give our amazing volunteers the recognition they deserve.

You can fill out the volunteer activity form and email volunteer@planetary.org with any additional details you’d like to share.

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