Great American Eclipse Event Update

Due to the intense demand for solar eclipse glasses throughout the country, there unfortunately has been numerous incidences of counterfeit solar glasses being sold on-line.

It has come to our attention by professional consultation that all of the glasses we had purchased from what we thought was a reputable source cannot be 100 perfect authenticated as officially certified ones.   

Therefore, we will not be able to distribute eclipse glasses at our event as originally planned this Monday, August 21, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Great Lawn. 

However, we will have materials for visitors to make your own pin hole eclipse viewer from index cards which is a safe way to view the eclipse.

Our Eclipse event is open to the public at no charge on the Gardens’ Great Lawn between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to enjoy activities, music, Pitchfork in the Park Eclipse Popsicles and more on this fascinating and rare day!

Thank you.  

Maureen Heffernan, Executive Director

Activities include:

  • Seating Area—Take a seat or bring a lawn chair or blanket and check out the eclipse event on the Great Lawn.
  • Education Info Table: Speak with our education team on what is actually happening as you are watching it!
  • Craft: Kids can create their own eclipse out of paper plates.
  • Food for Thought: Make fruit rockets with Whole Foods and our friend Matt Joplin from Food for Thought.
  • Pop Up Library: OKC Metro Library will be onsite with space related books and a pop up library.
  • Space Food: Selling Moon Pies for $2 and star sprinkled popcorn for $1.
  • Planet Bingo: Play planet BINGO with us!
  • Fun music over speaker: Black Hole Sun, Total Eclipse of the Heart, etc.
  • Imagination Playground presented by Express Employment Professionals: kids can create their own masterpiece with our over-sized building blocks
  • Food Trucks: Grab some lunch while you’re out viewing history. Enjoy food by Kona Ice, Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks and Cutie Pies onsite for lunch hour

How to Make Your Own Pin Hole Viewer:

▪ A pinhole viewer. Take two sheets of white cardboard or two white paper plates and punch a tiny hole in one of the pieces. During the eclipse, stand with your back to the sun, hold the sheet with the hole above the other, and an image of the sun will show up on the paper without the hole.

From the New York Botanical Garden