Solar Eclipse 2024

On April 8, 2024, Massachusetts will experience a partial eclipse of the sun! Join us at a DCR property to learn and safely enjoy this incredible cosmic event.

DCR invites you to enjoy this experience at any state park, reservation, or forest. Several parks, listed below, are hosting special programs and offering free eclipse glasses (while supplies last). All programs are no cost. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Some areas charge a parking fee.

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Eclipse Events

Parks will be featuring a variety of different activities including:

  • Solar system tour: a scale model of our solar system posted along a ½ mile trail section.

  • Eclipse folding craft: a craft that shows the different stages of the eclipse.

  • Make your own sun clock: a paper-and-string sundial craft. 

  • Eclipse Nature Observation Programs: activities that explores how animals behave during the eclipse.

  • Alternate viewing methods: Eclipse glasses are not the only way to observe this event. You can indirectly view the eclipse by projecting the image of the sun through a small aperture. Create a small aperture by interlacing your fingers, crafting a pinhole-projector using a piece of paper, or even using a found object like a colander or perforated spoon. These methods rely on projecting an image of the sun onto a surface, such as your hand or a piece of paper. Never look directly at the sun without eclipse glasses.

All events are from 2:20pm – 4:20pm.

Central Region

Blackstone Heritage River and Canal Heritage State Park

287 Oak St., Uxbridge, MA 01569

Activities include an eclipse folding craft, make your own sun clock, solar system walk, and alternative viewing methods.

South Region

Blue Hills Reservation

725 Hillside St., Milton, MA 02186

Borderland State Park

259 Massapoag Ave., North Easton, MA 02356

Activities include a solar system walk.

Nickerson State Park

3488 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

131 Waquoit Hwy., East Falmouth, MA 02536

Activities include an eclipse folding craft activity, make your own sun clock, and solar system walk.

Boston Harbor Islands - Spectacle Island

Hosted by Boston Harbor Now

North Region

Halibut Point State Park

4 Gott Avenue, Rockport, MA 01966

West Region

Great Falls Discovery Center

2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

Activities include an eclipse folding craft activity, make your own sun clock, and solar system walk.

Mt. Greylock State Reservation

30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237

Activities include alternative viewing methods.

Please note that the Summit Road is currently closed.

Eclipse Safety

View the eclipse safely.

Review safety guidelines from NASA for a fun and enjoyable experience.

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