Charleston County Parks Announce Solar Eclipse Events

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will offer a variety of programs in August to view and learn about the total solar eclipse expected to be visible in the Holy City on the afternoon of Monday, August 21st.

CCPRC will offer the following programs:

  • August 12th: Staging the Solar Eclipse
    • 10 am - 11:30 am at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center
    • A master naturalist will lead a program designed to inform participants of all they need to know about the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979.
    • This program has a capacity of 20 people, is open to ages 9 and up, and has a fee of $7 per person.
  • August 21st: SunShadow Yoga
    • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm at the Mount Pleasant Pier
    • Open to all fitness levels, this program will offer yoga in the sun’s shadow
    • SunShadow Yoga will be instructed by Beth Cosi and feature live music by McKenzie Eddy.
    • Participants who register by Aug. 1 will receive a free pair of eclipse-viewing glasses. This program has a fee of $5 in advance, or $8 at the door (if available).
  • August 21st: Eclipse Extravaganza
    • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center
    • Very little is known about how wildlife responds to a total eclipse. The public is invited to join a naturalist to tour Caw Caw and explore how wildlife responds to this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. Viewing glasses will be provided.
    • This program has a fee of $20 and is open to ages 12 and up.
  • August 21st: Viewing with The Lowcountry Stargazers
    • 1:15 pm at Palmetto Islands County Park
    • The Stargazers will have telescopes with proper solar filtering for viewing the eclipse as the moon starts to cover the sun
    • Free with regular gate admission
    • Early arrival is highly recommended
  • August 21st: “Get Eclipsed on IOP”
    • 11:30 am - 4:30 pm on front beach Isle of Palms
    • The City of Isle of Palms will host an eclipse viewing event on Front Beach
    • Leading up to the eclipse there will be music by DJ NattyHeavy on the beach behind the Windjammer
    • Plane Jane will take the stage following the eclipse
    • Children's entertainment will be available in the Isle of Palms County Park
    • Early arrival is highly recommended

Advance registration is recommended for the first three events list. Registration is available at CharlestonCountyParks.com/eclipse or by calling 843-795-4386.

Other CCPRC parks and facilities will also be open to safely view the solar eclipse on August 21st. However, CCPRC encourages all park-goers to be parked and in place well before total darkness, which is expected to occur at 2:38 p. Any unprotected view of the sun, even in an eclipse, can damage eyesight, so CCPRC recommends all park-goers on Aug. 21 wear Solar Filtered Glasses or another certified material for solar viewing.

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