WHO: The U.S. National Park Service, The Planetary Society and CEO Bill Nye (The Science Guy®) are partnering to deliver a safe, inspiring and educational experience to kids, adults and families.
WHAT: Today, a special-edition Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger program booklet and badge were made available to the public. The program’s motto is “Explore, Learn, and Protect,” and the Eclipse Explorer booklet and badge are designed to inspire and empower kids and families while enhancing their learning experience. In the booklet, Bill Nye joins Junior Ranger CaLisa to educate kids and families about eclipses. On the day of the eclipse, Aug. 21, Bill Nye will be on stage at Homestead National Monument to welcome kids and families and complete the educational activity booklet. They will be sworn in as new Junior Rangers after the eclipse. Anyone is welcome to participate in this program.
WHEN: Available now.
- Online: Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklets are now available online, so kids, families and educators throughout and outside of the U.S. National Park Service region can access them.
Download the Eclipse Explorer booklet today: planetary.org/eclipse-explorer or www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm
- At U.S. National Parks & Monuments: Parks in the eclipse Path of Totality and others will offer Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer badges and booklets. Contact your nearest park or monument for details. nps.gov/kids
WHY: The North American Total Solar Eclipse will be an awe-inspiring experience from anywhere in its path, impacting millions. The U.S. National Park Service and The Planetary Society, the world's largest non-governmental space interest group, have partnered for the first time to encourage people to go out and experience the eclipse, safely through protective eyewear and viewing techniques. The collaboration builds on the National Park Service’s existing night sky interpretive programs by bringing The Planetary Society’s astronomy education resources into the fold. The agency and non-profit organization are offering an array of learning activities and resources for the eclipse: key information, educational resources for explorers, and fun and inspiring activities designed to shape indelible experiences.
REMOTE REPORTING RESOURCES:
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- Eclipse Resources: www.planetary.org/eclipse
- Press Room: Bill Nye Joins Junior Rangers for Total Eclipse of the Sun
- Bill Nye bio: www.planetary.org/about/staff/bill-nye.html
- Photos: Images for download, multimedia: www.planetary.org/press-room/
- Interviews with expert spokespeople available upon request
Path of Totality - Bill Nye & the Totally Awesome Total Eclipse Bill Nye explains the basics of a solar eclipse, the path of totality, and how to safely view a solar eclipse with National Park Ranger Coral O'Riley.
Syzygy on Mars - Bill Nye & the Totally Awesome Total Eclipse Bill Nye loves syzygy and Dr. Ashwin Vasavada from JPL talks about a curious eclipse on Mars.
Science on the Sun - Bill Nye & the Totally Awesome Total Eclipse Bill Nye explains how to see the Milky Way after a solar eclipse and Dr. Tyler Nordgren shows an ancient eclipse petroglyph.
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About the Junior Ranger Program
The National Park Service Junior Ranger Program is an activity based program found at most national park units. This is an opportunity for young park visitors to join the NPS “family” as Junior Rangers. Those interested have an opportunity to learn more about the park they are visiting with a series of activities, engagement with park rangers, and an opportunity to receive a Junior Ranger badge/patch or certificate.
About The Planetary Society
With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit www.planetary.org.