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Eclipse Fest

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EVENT ADMISSION IS FREE; NO PARKING ON SITE

Event will happen rain or shine

Free shuttles run every 15 minutes from the Town of Irondequoit Recreation Center (former Medley Centre), 450 Skyview Centre Parkway

We encourage families to walk or park in lots at Dake Jr. HS and Irondequoit HS

Fun for all: We'll have hands-on activities, information and telescope stations, and fun activities for children, including a bounce house!

HNC IN SELECT COMPANY Helmer Nature Center, West Irondequoit’s 40-acre outdoor classroom since 1973, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is one of just a handful of sites in the Rochester area that will host on-site activities the day of the eclipse. It was selected last spring by the Rochester Museum and Science Center to serve as a local “Ambassador” organization for the eclipse.

FREE GLASSES FOR ALL WICSD STUDENTS & STAFF!
All West Irondequoit CSD students and staff will receive free eclipse glasses. They’ll be sent home with students the week before Spring Recess.

student with eclipse glasses on

NEED ADDITIONAL GLASSES!
Helmer Nature Center is offering certified eclipse glasses for a $2 donation each. To purchase, call (585) 336-3035 to arrange a time to pick them up or email HelmerNatureCenter@gmail.com. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If any are left, they will be available at the Festival on April 8.

HOW TO USE YOUR GLASSES

  • Discard if they become scratched; THEY ARE NO LONGER SAFE. Store them in your envelope until you are ready to use them.
  • To use, hold lenses against your face or glasses. You MUST use eclipse glasses anytime you look at the sun except during “totality” (April 8, 2024 3:20-3:23 PM).
  • These are 1000x darker than sunglasses. You will not see anything through them except the sun on a totally clear day. It is not safe to use eclipse glasses to look through a camera, binoculars or a telescope.
  • Only purchase glasses that are both ISO and CE certified safe. 

THANK YOU, SPONSORS!
HNC would like to extend thanks to sponsors, including Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Town of Irondequoit Recreation, the Rochester Museum and Science Center for their support.

‘ROC’ IN RARE AIR
Rochester will be one of only eight cities in the U.S. to experience the totality of the eclipse (3:20 p.m.). Others are Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas in Texas; Indianapolis, Cleveland and Buffalo. The total eclipse will be visible by 32 million Americans and also in Mazatlan, Mexico and Montreal. The last total solar eclipse in the U.S. on Aug. 21, 2017.

MORE EVENTS AT HELMER
From its annual Fall Harvest Festival in October to Snowshoeing on Saturdays in the winter and Maple Sugaring in March, HNC hosts many events throughout the year. Check out their calendar here.

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QUESTIONS?
Call (585) 336-3035 or email HelmerNatureCenter@gmail.com