Exploring the Eclipse at the Genesee County Park

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Head to the countryside to view the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse at New York State's first county forest! Join us on Monday, April 8
th from 11 AM – 5 PM. Travel the solar system with a day full of hands-on science activities. Bring the family to see the eclipse with a view from a solar filtered telescope and discover the science of this once in a lifetime event. 

There will be family friendly, educational, hands-on activities throughout the park and at the Interpretive Nature Center! Join group walks before and after Totality to explore the forest trails and observe how wildlife reacts to this unique experience.

Date and Time:
Monday, April 8th, 11 AM – 5 PM

Things to Know:
    • Parking fee is $10 per vehicle. Parking availability is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. Park will be closed after capacity is reached. 
    • The Park will be open from 11 AM – 5 PM. Activities and programming will begin at 11 AM and continue until 4:30 PM. The park will close and all vehicles must exit by 5PM.
    • One-way traffic only in the park for the duration of April 8th. Please enter at the Bethany Center Road Entrance. All vehicles must exit at the Raymond Road exit.
    • Restrooms provided at the Interpretive Center. Port-a-johns will be available throughout the park.
    • Pavilions and picnic tables are first come, first served.
    • Free eclipse solar filtered glasses will be available.
    • Lawn seating available - bring a chair or blanket for viewing.
    • No food will be sold on site. Please bring your own and remember Genesee County Park & Forest is a carry-in carry-out park!
Location: 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany, NY. Vehicles must use the Bethany Center Road Entrance.
Registration Information: No pre-registration available. Event is first come, first served. If you plan to bring a vehicle larger than 8 passengers, please call ahead to the Interpretive Center by April 1st at 585-344-1122.  
Parking availability is limited. Park will be closed after capacity is reached.
Accessibility: Easy-active, craft and educational activities. Solar eclipse viewing will require solar filtered eclipse glasses and the ability to look up. TV viewing will be available indoors. The Interpretive Center is wheelchair accessible. Pre- and post- eclipse walks will be along easy hiking trails, uneven surfaces, 1 – 2 miles.

What to Bring: This program is held indoors and outdoors, bring water and dress comfortably and warm. Bring chairs or blankets if you would like to sit outside. Please bring your own food and remember that Genesee County Park & Forest is a carry-in, carry-out park!

Activities will include: Creating take-home crafts and Eclipse Chalk art, viewing through a Eclipse shadow projector, creating an eclipse Yardstick Model, Eclipse telescope viewing, and more!

Try out these activities at home! Click here for our Eclipse Educational Activities Guide - which includes fun facts about the Total Solar Eclipse in Genesee County and instructions for six eclipse-themed crafts and activities! 

In town for the Eclipse? Join us all weekend for fun, family-friendly programs at the park! 
Eclipse Weekend Schedule Flyer

Please pre-register for programs on Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th.
Registration available here:

Please keep in mind that there is no pre-registration for Exploring the Eclipse on April 8th. Attendance will be on a first come-first served basis. The park will open at 11AM and close at 5PM. Once capacity is reached, we cannot allow additional visitors to enter the park. 

Questions? Contact the Interpretive Center at 585-344-1122 or email