APRIL 8TH, 2024


a part of Totality in Tupper


Countdown to Totality

A One of a Kind Experience for a Once in Lifetime Event

On April 8, 2024, The Wild Center was directly in the path of totality for a Total Solar Eclipse. This was not only an amazing sight but a rare occurrence. In fact, it was the first time the Adirondacks have ever been in the direct path of totality, and after 2024 the United States will not see another total solar eclipse for over 20 years.

To celebrate, The Wild Center opened it's doors and 115-acre outdoor campus from 10am to 5pm beginning Friday, April 5 through Monday, April 8 for a weekend of solar and eclipse themed activities.
Visitors from across the country and around the world came to The Wild Center on April 8th to join in experiencing this once in a lifetime event. Hear their reaction and stories as they shared this amazing moment.

Totality Festival Experiences, (April 6-8) Included:

  • Glass blowing demonstrations from The Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop
  • Solar-powered silent disco with live DJ
  • Opportunities to get commemorative eclipse tattoos from hand poke tattoo artist Jane Romm from Plain Jane Tattoos
  • New immersive and interactive eclipse-inspired musical experiences from Whatever Penny
  • Oversized Solar viewing glasses
  • Special programming in Planet Adirondack
  • Live creature features that focus on how the Sun affects animals lives, circadian rhythms, and yearly behavior
  • Solar-powered maple tastings, tours, tapping demos, special themed foods
  • Food trucks (in addition to the Waterside Cafe)
    Green Goddess (food stand, Monday only), Jam Dots Bakery (food stand), Mtn Chef Catering, Polish Korner (Monday only), Pork Busters, The Mac Factor
  • Make your own pinhole viewers
  • Free solar viewing glasses on Eclipse Day
  • Solar-powered bug assembly kits
This event is supported by a grant awarded to The Wild Center by New York State's Empire State Development and the I LOVE NY Division of Tourism.
This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.

The Wildest View in the World

As the moon passed between the earth and the sun, its shadow darkened the sky, plunging large swathes of the United States into sudden twilight, but there was only one place you could see it from an eagle's nest measuring 10 feet wide.

Visitors experienced the celestial tango firsthand at the award-winning, all-persons experience, Wild Walk. They traversed a trail of bridges to the treetops of the Adirondack forest. They visited a four-story twig tree house, swung on bridges, clambered over a spider’s web, or climbed to the full-sized bald eagle’s nest at the highest point. Naturalists were on hand to help answer their questions about all things solar.

  NASA & Solar Space Speaker Series

NASA and Solar Space Physics Missions
Friday, April 5 | 7 - 8:30 pm

The Wild Center hosted Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory speaker Dr. Edward DeLuca, Senior Scientist, retired at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. During this talk, several current and upcoming NASA missions were discussed: SDO, Parker, MUSE and HelioSwarm. We highlighted several outstanding science questions, the contributions made by the current missions and the expectations for the future missions.

This event was recorded and you can watch it on YouTube here.

NASA and Solar Space Panel
Sunday, April 7 | 7 - 8:30 pm

The Wild Center hosted a panel discussion put on by the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory that included visiting astronomy experts on matters related to the 2024 Solar Eclipse and much more.

This panel discussion explored the scientific, cultural, and educational aspects of the celestial event that happened on Monday, April 8. The panel aimed to provide a further understanding of the eclipse phenomenon and discuss topics from the perspective of their own field of study. Audience members had the chance to engage with esteemed experts, ask questions, and deepen their knowledge of this awe-inspiring astronomical event.

This event was recorded and you can watch it on YouTube here.

Read more about the panelists here.

   Total Eclipse Merch

Commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event with special edition Wild Center gear!

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