On Monday, April 8, come and enjoy the Great American Eclipse at Aullwood! The eclipse will occur at 3:09 p.m. and Dayton is in the path of totality, meaning the moon will entirely cover the sun and it will be dark during the day. The next total eclipse in the contiguous United States won't happen until 2044! Aullwood Farm will be open on Monday, April 8, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. so visitors can observe this exciting astronomical event. (Aullwood's Nature Center and hiking trails will be closed to the public, and no trail access will be permitted.) There will be informational material about this rare solar event inside the Farm Discovery Center, and free art supplies will be available for you to create a commemorative pinhole projection art piece on your own. Limited quantities of certified eclipse glasses will be available for purchase or visitors may bring their own glasses to use. A special preregistration only art event, Eclipse Art with Chris Rowlands, will also take place on this day; guests must preregister in advance for this session as space is limited, but there is no additional charge. (See https://aullwood.audubon.org/EclipseArtChrisRowlands for details.)
Once the eclipse begins, everyone will move outside to watch the event and observe the interesting bird and animal behaviors that occur during totality. Guests can look safely at the eclipse via their pinhole projections or eclipse glasses, and take commemorative photos with their art and projections. Come out and share this amazing experience with Aullwood’s team of naturalists and observe the fascinating things that happen during an eclipse, such as nocturnal animals calling and unique lights and shadows.
Please note that no camping is permitted at Aullwood Audubon, and no street parking will be available. This event is free for members of Friends of Aullwood, National Audubon Society and ANCA affiliated organizations with membership card or receipt. Non-members attending will pay $20.00 per carload at the entrance to Aullwood Farm; admission will be cash only. (Advance preregistration is required for Eclipse Art with Chris Rowlands; please see https://aullwood.audubon.org/EclipseArtChrisRowlands) Not a member yet? Visit https://aullwood.audubon.org/membership for information on becoming one, stop by our front desk during regular business hours, or call us at 937-890-7360.