Eclipse Events – Activities

We’ve got a weekend full of activities, including 4 walks and a swim event, as well as opportunities to meet old friends and make new friends. Click on any date heading to get more information about that day’s scheduled activities.  Click on any “AVA Sanctioning Information” link to see the list of Special Programs for which each event qualifies, plus directions to each location and other details.

Friday, August 18, 2017

NEW LOCATION –> Meet & Greet at St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Hall, 112 South Cedar Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. (Open House Style) Cost $5 (this fee is included in the full package registration)

Stop by to visit and pick up your event bag, which includes your registration packet, calendar of events with directions to the walks, patch, glow sticks for the after-dark activities, eclipse glasses and other surprise goodies! Light snacks will be served.

NEW EVENT –> Historic Downtown Grand Island Group Walk (Event #108137) immediately following and leaving from the Meet and Greet.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

 Crane Trust Nature Center Walk at the  Crane Trust Visitor & Nature Center, 9325 S Alda Rd, Wood River, NE

Start 8:00—11:00 a.m., off the trail by 2:00 p.m.  Event #107373

Welcome to the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center! On this walk, enjoy the summer sky while viewing the Platte Valley from the observation tower. Walk over the Platte River on the pedestrian bridge. Skirt the Platte and enjoy the views of the tall grass prairie. Continue on into the wooded areas of the preserve maybe to see turkeys, deer, and other wildlife. The trail will be on uneven mown prairie grass, dirt and wood chip trails. Not suitable for strollers & wheelchairs. No pets. Restrooms available.

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Swim at the YMCA, 221 E South Front St, Grand Island NE

Start time 2:00 p.m.—Finish by 4:00 p.m.  Event #107374

Take time to cool off after a warm morning walk. We have reserved two lanes at the YMCA for this event—a swim lane and a walk lane. No special books needed to swim – get your Event book stamped.

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Wine Tasting at Moonlight Ridge Winery, 8150 US-281, Grand Island, NE 68803 (10 miles north of Grand Island)

$5 tasting, payable at winery, available at 2, 3 or 4 p.m.  Limited to 10 registrants per time slot.  SORRY, SOLD OUT!

Star Party at Sherman Ranch. Sherman Ranch is located one mile north and two miles west of the Marquette Highway 14 turnoff. Turning north at the intersection of 23 Road and O Road leads to the farmstead; nearly a half mile further east of the intersection is a Sherman Ranch sign and driveway to access the west side of the property.

A Star Party is an event where people with telescopes and laser pointers set up under the stars and let other people look through their telescopes or listen to them talk about subjects in astronomy or about constellations.

Start time – 9 p.m.  No cost. No pets allowed. Carpooling strongly encouraged.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Aurora Walk at the Explorit Center, 208 N 16th St, Aurora, NE

Start 8:00—11:00 a.m., off the trail by 2:00 p.m. Event #107375

You won’t see any Northern Lights, but this walk does visit Streeter Park and The Leadership Center. After the walk, use your volkswalk discount to explore the Edgerton Explorit Center (opens at noon) to learn more about our relationship to the stars and the solar eclipse.

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Dark Island Trail Evening Walk at Central City High School, 1510 28th St, Central City, NE

Start 6:30—7:30 p.m., off the trail by 10:00 p.m.  Event #107377

The 5 K loop goes into town to visit the Wright Morris boyhood home. The city and the house played a significant role in his literary works and photography. The 6K loop is an out and back on the Dark Island Trail.  You should reach the bridge just in time to see the sunset over the Platte River. The trail’s unique name derives from a local Pawnee legend. The legend holds that there are five lodges of the Nahurak (animal deities), with La-la-wa-koh-ti-to — the dark island lodge — supposedly located near Central City in the Platte River. Dogs are welcome on the trail, but not in the Wright Morris home.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

(Don’t) Look at the Sun Eclipse Walk at Hall County Park, 3658 W Schimmer Dr, Grand Island, NE

Start 9:00—12:00, off the trail by 3:00 p.m.  Event #107376

The Big Event!  This trail leads into the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, an amazing open air museum with lots of examples of pioneer life. There will be many activities on the grounds relating to the eclipse, which will occur from 12:58:34—01:01:09 p.m. We will provide special glasses so that you actually can look at the sun during this once-in-a-lifetime event — nowhere in the US will you have a chance at a better view! Leashed dogs are welcome on the grounds of the museum, but not in the buildings. A hot dog lunch will be available back at the start point.

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