Eclipse 2017 in Savannah: Solar eclipse programs in Chatham, Effingham, Liberty counties

Free solar eclipse programs in Savannah Chatham County Effingham Liberty

UPDATE: Savannah-Chatham public schools to close Aug. 21 for the eclipse. Details here. 

How are you going to teach your kids about the first total solar eclipse spanning the United States since 1918?

The solar eclipse is coming Mon. Aug. 21, 2017. The path will stretch from South Carolina to Oregon, but the Coastal Empire region will experience a partial eclipse.

Below are some free & not-free kid-friendly solar eclipse programs in the Savannah area. 


FREE Solar Eclipse Programs

Live Oak Public Libraries (LOPL) is hosting special free solar eclipse events in Chatham, Effingham & Liberty Counties to share the science behind the eclipse, viewing tips & distribute free solar eclipse glasses to program patrons (at specific locations, while supplies last). There will be interactive activities & creative crafts for all ages.

Find out more about the eclipse & get a free pair of viewing glasses:
You must attend the program to receive glasses. Glasses are available while supplies last.

Southwest Chatham Library – Thurs. Aug. 17, 4PM
Springfield Library – Sat. Aug. 19, 3PM
Garden City Library – Mon. Aug. 21, 2PM

Discover what is an eclipse and make a pinhole projector:
Islands Library – Sat. Aug. 19, 10:30AM

Complete program details are at
Live Oak Public Libraries was one of more than 2,200 entities awarded a grant from Space Science Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to receive free eclipse viewing glasses. Through this outreach initiative, more than 2 million pairs of glasses will be distributed at public libraries across the nation.


Great American Solar Eclipse Digital Planetarium Show @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah, Sun. Aug. 20

10AM-4PM Sat. Aug. 19 2017 UPDATE: This show is full.

Sun. Aug. 20 2017 shows:  Due to popularity, Oatland is offering a second day of programs on Sun. Aug. 20 2017 about solar eclipses from inside Oatland’s digital planetarium.

Come learn about the upcoming solar eclipse from inside our digital planetarium in the cool air conditioning. Program includes: why eclipses happen, why this one is historical; and, when, where, and how to safely view it.

Now being offered 5 times on Sun. Aug. 20: 10:30AM; 11:30AM; 1PM; 2PM & 3PM

Programs will include a workshop to make a pinhole camera for safe solar observing.

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for children. This fee includes admission to the center.
Register online here. 

Oatland’s space is limited. Register online here. 


Eclipse Events @ Savannah Children’s Museum, Mon. Aug. 21

Savannah Children’s Museum will have eclipse-related activities 9AM-2PM on Mon. August 21 2017.

Find admission cost info here. 

The museum is outdoors @ 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, 31401.


Eclipse Events including free admission for kids @ National Museum of the Mighty Eighth, Mon. Aug. 21

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth in Pooler will have Operation Eclipse. ALL kids get in free with an adult admission. At the time of the eclipse (approximately 2:40PM local time), the group will head outside to see the eclipse. The museum will have a limited number of approved eclipse glasses for purchase and anyone going outside to see the eclipse needs proper eye wear.


Eclipse Events @ nearby Georgia State Parks, Mon. Aug. 21

Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien, Ga.
Eclipse Paddling Trip
Cost: $50
Join a group to kayak to Butler Island and view a solar eclipse. This is the first total solar eclipse visible in America in nearly 40 years. From our location, roughly 94% of the sun will be obscured.
Details here.

Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Super Spectacular Sharktooth Island Solar Paddle
Cost: $75 plus $5 parking fee
Paddle to Shark Tooth Island to enjoy the day with hot dogs and cold drinks while watching the solar eclipse. This is the first total solar eclipse visible in America in nearly 40 years. From our location, roughly 94% of the sun will be obscured. $75 per person. Space is limited. Call for reservations: 912-727-2339.
Details here.

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