On April 8, 2024, a total eclipse of the sun will happen across a portion of the United States including Northeast Ohio and the Greater Cleveland region. We will be celebrating here at Great Lakes Science Center but also want to help local organizations and businesses bring their own communities together to celebrate this once in a lifetime phenomenon safely!

The Community Eclipse Ambassadors program will create access to, and enthusiasm for, the upcoming eclipse by engaging diverse communities in Northeast Ohio to host safe, fun, and educational eclipse celebrations at their own communities during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Eclipse Ambassadors will be trained in eclipse education, basic astronomy, and eclipse viewing safety and outfitted with equipment including a telescope with a solar viewing filter, educational materials, solar viewing glasses, and materials for activities.

Each organization will receive a $1,000 stipend for participation. The goal of the Ambassador program is to decentralize STEM learning into communities, creating access for all. Participants should represent community organizations, businesses, or municipalities from across Northeast Ohio and in the path of totality as shown in the map below.

Eligible organizations include:

  • Community centers
  • Youth service organizations
  • Recreation centers
  • Municipalities
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Places of worship
  • After-school programs (no schools as the eclipse falls after school hours)
  • Arts organizations and museums
  • Libraries