Solar Eclipse 8/21/2016

Don’t miss the total Solar Eclipse on 8/21/2016 @ 11:39am. Partial Eclipse starts at 10:10am these are approximate times for the Charlotte viewing area.  The best views are in between the blue lines. GD = Greatest duration and GE = Greatest Eclipse.


Get all the information from NASA:

Information on other eclipses visit:

Night Sky watchers check this out


Don’t Miss the Eclipse Monday 8/21/2017


Get your Eclipse Info HERE:

Watch the eclipse with NASA here:

When and where? Check out the Carolinas map:

Want a Guide? Visit Gorges State Park one of North Carolina’s most beautiful parks

On August 21st at 2:38 p.m., the solar eclipse will travel a path of totality over Gorges State Park in western North Carolina. It will be the first time in nearly 100 years.

Gorges State Park, along with several other state parks including Carvers Creek SP, Dismal Swamp SP, Falls Lake SRA, Hammocks Beach SP, Haw River SP, Jockey’s Ridge SP, New River SP, Stone Mountain SP and Weymouth Woods-Sandhills NP will be hosting solar eclipse events.  NC State Park Link

Here is what you need to know to prepare if you plan to watch the eclipse at Gorges State Park:

  • Arrive early. We are expecting a record crowd and encourage you to be in your viewing location by 11 a.m. The park gates will open at 5 a.m.

  • Come prepared. You will be at the park for several hours. Bring food, water, sunscreen, chairs, and anything else to keep you comfortable. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

  • Be prepared for changes in the weather.

  • Bring and WEAR your eclipse glasses. Looking directly at the eclipse without proper eye protection can cause permanent damage to your eyesight. Make sure your eyewear meets the    ISO 12312-2  international standards.



Great Class

Study birds with the comprehensive ornithology course from the Cornell Lab using the Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd. Edition as your guide. Read each chapter in the Handbook, explore in more depth using the online materials embedded in this course, then take the exams to earn your badge and certificate.

Great Christmas Nature Gift idea

Check out the SC State Parks 12 Deals of Christmas


Each day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we will offer a deal that will be valid for ONE DAY ONLY!

Deals will kick off on Wednesday, December 14.

Day 12 – Wednesday, December 14
’Tis the season for 20% off all online merchandise (excluding Parks Passports), free shipping, and a free gift with purchase at!  Use promo code DAY1216.

Day 11 – Thursday, December 15
Purchase a $50 state parks gift card for ONLY $35.  This deal runs from 8:30 a.m.  until 5 p.m. ONLY on December 15. To get this deal you must call 803-734-0156.  There is no limit on the amount of gift cards you may purchase.  Gift cards must be purchased in $50 gift card increments.

Day 10 – Friday, December 16
Enjoy 25% off camping reservations at the following parks:  Andrew Jackson, Barnwell, Calhoun Falls, Devils Fork, Dreher Island, Hamilton Branch, Keowee-Toxaway, Lake Greenwood, Lake Hartwell, Myrtle Beach, Oconee and Sadlers Creek. Call 1.866.345.7275 or visit today to reserve.  Must enter or mention code DAY102016.  Valid towards new reservations only.  Cannot be used with any other discount.

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9/3/2016 Naturalist lead walk

3 September 2016 1-3 pm NatSci Walk – a naturalist led hike

NatSci Walks – Only $6.54 a person for  this 2 hour Naturalist/Scientist lead walk -includes park admission

Qualifies as NC Environmental Educator hours as Criteria II: Outdoor Instructor-led Experiences  or Criteria III: Knowledge of Environmental Education Resources and Facilities (Piedmont Region) form B signed ( for participants) upon request. Check out our EE workshops here

Be sure to check out our nature identification classes offered prior to the NatSci Walk – HERE for those seeking your NC EE certificate you can get 2 hours for the class + 2 hours for the NatSci Walk in just  one day.

Upcoming (to register select the link)

Register in the store and please check the calendar for details on upcoming nature experiences, NatSci Walks and classes.