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.

The application process has closed. All available Eclipse Ambassador spots have been awarded.

Official Eclipse Ambassador Organizations:

  • Akron Children's Museum 
  • Beck Center for the Arts 
  • Birmingham Methodist Church 
  • Brethren Care Village 
  • Bright Star Missionary Baptist Church 
  • Center of Arts-Inspired Learning 
  • City of Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department
  • City of Medina 
  • Dunham Tavern Museum & Gardens
  • Fairmount Center for the Arts
  • Friends of Streetsboro Parks 
  • Hancock Park District
  • Harvard Community Services Center
  • Kent City Health Department
  • Lake Development Authority, sponsor of the Lake County Executive Airport
  • Lakeside Chautauqua
  • Lorain County Fair
  • Lorain Harbor Boat Club 
  • Milan-Berlin Library District
  • Neighbors on Nitra Ave 
  • Orange Senior Center 
  • Solon Senior Center
  • South Euclid Community Center 
  • St. Clair Superior Development Corporation 
  • Stark County Park District 
  • The Links, Incorporated - Western Reserve (OH) Chapter 
  • The Lion Church 
  • Velocity Church 
  • Willoughby Eastlake Public Library 
  • Wingspan (Bellefaire and Applewood)


This work was made possible by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative. For more information, visit inthepathoftotality.org.

The Simons Foundation’s Science, Society and Culture division seeks to provide opportunities for people to forge a connection to science —whether for the first time or a lifetime. Through our initiatives, we work to inspire a feeling of awe and wonder, foster connections between people and science, and support environments that provide a sense of belonging.The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. Since its founding in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the foundation has been a champion of basic science through grant funding, support for research and public engagement. We believe in asking big questions and providing sustained support to researchers working to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Through our work we make space for scientific discovery.