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The Great American Eclipse

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On Aug. 21, 2017, millions of people from across the world will gather to witness one of nature’s most breathtaking sights: a total solar eclipse. The last one spotted in the continental United States took place in 1979. This one will carve a path across the entire country – and Nebraska happens to be a prime spot for viewing it.

As you’re deciding exactly where you want to view the eclipse, keep our Nebraska state parks and recreation areas in mind. They’re some of the most beautiful areas in the state, and there’s plenty to do when you’re not busy eclipse-viewing.

Below is a full list of all the state parks and recreation areas where you can view the eclipse. Some of our more well-known parks made the list, such as Indian Cave State Park, Fort Kearny State Historical Park and Fort Robinson State Park. Eclipse glasses will be available at these parks while supplies last; bring your own to ensure you’ll have a pair for safe viewing.

Safe traveling on eclipse day

As August 21 nears, many will be traveling to view this phenomenal event.  Ensure your safety and the safety of others by being prepared.

Tips for safe traveling on Eclipse day

  • Don’t stop along the interstate — please exit to a safe location to stop.
  • Be aware of pedestrians on smaller local roads.
  • Avoid traveling along the main path of the eclipse during the event if possible.
  • Please make sure to yield to emergency response vehicles.
  • Turn your lights on manually– don’t rely on your vehicle’s automatic features.
  • Keep up to date on traffic in Nebraska by following @Nebraska511 on Twitter, downloading their app or using a mobile navigation app like Google Maps or Waze.
  • Traffic volumes are really unknown so plan in advance!
  • It will be late August, which means it could very well be hot and dry. Be prepared with supplies for heavy traffic delays.
  • Don’t forget the totality is around two minutes depending on your viewing location–but the light will be noticeably different in the hours leading up and immediately after.
  • Stay alert and wear your seatbelt!

Solar eclipse events

Many parks are hosting events concurrent with the eclipse. Find one near you!

Solar Eclipse Anticipation

June 18
Fremont State Recreation Area

Get ready for the amazing sight of a total solar eclipse that is coming in August! At this event, you will learn more about what an eclipse is and why they are exciting.
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Movie at the Outdoor Amphitheater

Aug. 18
Indian Cave State Park

Get ready for the solar eclipse by viewing an eclipse-related movie outdoors.
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Fun-filled Weekend at Indian Cave State Park

Aug. 18-20
Indian Cave State Park

As you wait for the solar eclipse on Monday, enjoy a fun weekend at Indian Cave with living history, horse trail rides, a buffalo stew cookout, a presentation by Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones, and an eclipse-related movie at the outdoor amphitheater.
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Gear up for the Great American Solar Eclipse

Aug. 19
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Learn more about the spectacular sight of the solar eclipse that you’ll be seeing on Monday, including how to view it safely.
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Mathew “Sitting Bear” Jones – Solar Storytelling

Aug. 19
Indian Cave State Park

Join us for a spectacular storytelling by Mathew Jones, a Kiowa/Otoe-Missouria Indian of Oklahoma entitled “The Night Sky-America’s Total Solar Eclipse”.
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Solar Eclipse Weekend: Horse Trail Rides/Cookout

Aug. 19
Indian Cave State Park

Spend a day getting hyped for the solar eclipse with tons of activities! Ride trails by horse, see history come to life, enjoy a buffalo stew cookout and more!
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Pre-Solar Eclipse Party

Aug. 19
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Enjoy food, a solar eclipse presentation, and a star party with a local amateur astronomer.
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Stargazing: The Night Before

Aug. 19
Windmill State Recreation Area

Come and view the Perseid meteor shower, stargaze and explore the night skies with a telescope. Guests are also invited to make their own constellation to take home with them.
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The Great American Solar Eclipse

Aug. 20
Rock Creek Station State Recreation Area

Hear from University of Nebraska physics professor Gregory Snow as he explains, in simple terms, what causes a solar eclipse, as well as other interesting facts about this rare and exciting astronomical event.
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Look Up, Look Around: Citizen Science Encounter

Aug. 21
Mormon Island State Recreation Area

Help scientists better understand the behavior of animals during an eclipse by recording your observations in a diary.
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Solar Eclipse

Aug. 21
Fort Kearny State Recreation Area

Join us at the park to view the eclipse. Enjoy plant journaling and Citizen Science activities – gathering wildlife data for scientists to use.
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Solar Eclipse

Aug. 21
Indian Cave State Park

Join us at the park to view the eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses will be distributed.
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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Viewing

Aug. 21
Windmill State Recreation Area

Meet at the Nature Trail entrance to view the eclipse afield. A limited supply of eclipse glasses will be available.
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Solar Eclipse Scavenger Hunt

Aug. 21
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park

Join us to view the eclipse and go on an eclipse-related scavenger hunt!
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Solar Eclipse

Aug. 21
Niobrara State Park

The park will be hosting a viewing of NASA’s live streaming of the eclipse from Carbondale, Illinois, on a television in the Niobrara Group Lodge. You can also view a partial eclipse from the Lodge platform.
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Solar Eclipse

Aug. 21
Lake Minatare State Recreation Area

View the eclipse from the Lighthouse, and enjoy educational programs throughout the morning.
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Eclipse Viewing Party

Aug. 21
Smith Lake WMA

The Rushville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Eclipse viewing party at Smith Lake, join them for food and festivities!
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More information on the eclipse path through Nebraska, as well as general information on the eclipse, are available online.
EclipseWise.com
Great American Eclipse