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.



E-Corps sponsoring a NatSci Club

E-Corps started sponsoring a Middle School Natural Science Club at the middle school where I teach.We have 41 members and plan to do great things! The members are participating in our intiative.

In March we are going to Queens University of Charlotte for a day on campus, touring, eating in the cafe, and dissecting a planarian. Please help all our members go by donating  The goal is to offer reduced prices &/or scholarships for transportation, food and supplies.

This past month we created recycled bird feeders and presented them to our neighbors at Myrtle Terrace.  See photos below



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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