Preparation is the Key for a Safe and Enjoyable Total Solar Eclipse with ODNR

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is excited to welcome eager visitors to its parks and wildlife areas for the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8.

To enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, ODNR is calling on people to make sure they are prepared for the event.

ODNR anticipates its outdoor locations in and near the path of totality to be crowded and reminds everyone visiting to “pack your patience” and be aware of the following recommendations:

  • Pack extra food, water, and medication.
  • Bring a raincoat, hand warmers, toiletries, and extra toilet paper.
  • Wear layers and prepare for Ohio’s unpredictable weather.
  • Arrive at the park and wildlife areas early. ODNR locations will open at 6 a.m.
  • Stay late after the eclipse to avoid traffic jams, and make sure to download the Ohio Department of Transportation OHGO app for up-to-date road/traffic conditions.
  • Cell phone service may be limited due to heightened network use.
  • Don’t forget to bring eclipse glasses. ODNR will have a very limited supply at its locations for programs.
  • Always supervise children using eclipse glasses

For those spending the night in state park campgrounds, take note of these tips to make your experience memorable:

  • Dress in layers. A wool or synthetic base layer is preferred over cotton. Add middle layers, and a shell jacket on top.
  • Remove sweaty clothes at night. Damp clothing will keep you cold and can trap bacteria.
  • Use an insulated camp pad. Better yet, double up your padding.
  • Pack the right sleeping bag. Ensure your bag is rated for cold temperatures.
  • Warm up with a hot water bottle. Place a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag to warm your core. Be careful not to use a metal bottle and do not burn yourself.
  • Eat properly. Keep those high-protein snacks coming. Be sure to stay hydrated.

ODNR has put together an extensive Solar Eclipse website with great information including tips on how to wear eclipse glasses and times of totality in our locations. While visiting one of our 28 locations in the path of totality, don’t miss out on our numerous free programs.