Teton County Library Eclipse Glasses – Bound to Go Fast + TONIGHT! Get Some Eclipse Tips in Alta, WY

Yep, we hope you heard it here first, or perhaps from our friends at the Teton County Library, but effective August 1, regular residents and citizens of Teton County, WY with checkouts can scoop up their very own eclipse glasses for free-because it’s the library of course! Be sure to act fast, as insiders say there’s a limited supply. No doubt they come with restrictions -one per but nonetheless, the Teton Eclipse contingent is grateful to have the Library as a partner and outlet for these essential solar viewing pieces.

Thanks for learning as much as you can about safe viewing during a total solar eclipse. Local eye doctors and emergency medical workers will thank you too!

Meanwhile…over in tiny/mighty Alta, WY:

Together with Teton County Emergency Management Services,  Teton County Library Alta Branch with support from the citizens of Alta, Wyoming are hosting an information session dedicated to eclipse preparedness.

Check the details here or below:

GET SOME TIPS FOR THE ECLIPSE | Public Safety Presentation

The first Total Solar Eclipse to visit the U.S. in 38 years will occur MON, AUG 21, at 11:30 a.m. Teton Valley could offer one of the best places in the nation to view the total eclipse, which will last for just two minutes and thirty seconds.  Rich Ochs from Teton County Emergency Management will discuss our public safety planning efforts, issues the community may face, and simple steps locals can take to best prepare for this once in a lifetime event and the surge in visitors coming to our area for viewing.

Old Bill’s 2017 Launch Draws Eclipse Awareness & Calling All Volunteers

Yesterday marked the start of Jackson’s greatest fundraising season with the Old Bill’s Launch Party and reminds service-oriented folks that giving back and contributing is of ultimate importance and significant impact. The Community Foundation supports the following organizations and non-profits– several of which have immensely supported the Teton Eclipse effort including Center for the Arts, Friends of Pathways, Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Community Recycling & ISWR, Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole, KHOL 89.1 – Jackson Hole Community Radio, Rotary Club (Breakfast Club, Foundation or Supper Club), pARTners PAWS of Jackson Hole, Wyoming Stargazing (major shout out here on the education front!) and several other essential and perhaps more obvious crossovers like our bravest over at Fire/EMS.

To all these aforementioned organizations, we thank you and your team for your service to the critical Teton Eclipse effort! 

Check the vast roster of 2017 Old Bill’s participants noting:

Old Bill’s has helped nonprofits in Jackson Hole raise over $133 million and impacted the lives of thousands. The philanthropic efforts of this community are inspiring, with over 200 nonprofits using this special event as an integral part of their financial support.”

If feeling curious or inspired by the Old Bill’s spirit, thank you for considering how you can help out during the days surrounding the upcoming eclipse. If you are interested in learning more or adding your info to our volunteer list for dates surrounding August 18-22 – and beyond… well at least to the weekend- there could be a lot to clean up in the Bridger-Teton National Forest over the post-eclipse weekend, shoot an email to volunteer@tetoneclipse.com

Below, see some of CFJH’s fun ways to raise extra money in the next window including the eclipse incentive!


oldbills.org | VolunteerJH.org




Contest 1: Old Bill’s Giving Jump Start Award

Kick the Old Bill’s Giving Season into high gear. The nonprofit with the largest number of online gifts during the first week (August 1st to August 7th at midnight) will receive a $200 grant. (Separate gifts from the same family only count once.)

Contest 2: Old Bill’s Sighting Awards
Do you have friends or family who make giving back a priority? Catch people acting like Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill—being generous, kind, volunteering, engaging in service or philanthropy, or simply helping others—and nominate them for an Old Bill’s Sighting Award at OldBills.org or at the library by September 10th. Five stand-out nominees will win $500 grants for their favorite participating nonprofit(s). (Nominate by Friday, August 25th and be entered to win a $200 Early-Nomination grant for the local charity of your choice! Thanks to Old Bill’s t-shirt supplier Atayne for funding this initiative!)

Contest 3: Old Bill’s Eclipse Award 
Encourage your donors to give early and “eclipse” last year’s gifts. The nonprofit with the largest number of gifts by midnight on Eclipse Day, August 21st, will win a $200 grant.

Contest 4: Volunteer Sign-Up Award

Sign-up as a Route team or Waste and Recycling team volunteer for Run Day before September 1st, and be entered into a raffle for $200 grants to support a participating nonprofit of your choosing.

Susan Scarlata

Communications & Marketing Officer

Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

245 E. Simpson Ave. | P.O. Box 574 | 83001

307.739.1026 | cfjacksonhole.org

oldbills.org | VolunteerJH.org

Teton Eclipse Releases Manual for Information and Decision Making


Contact: Kathryn Brackenridge

Email: info@tetoneclipse.com



For Immediate Release

Teton Eclipse Team Releases Comprehensive Eclipse Manual

Jackson, WY, August 1, 2017 – Multiple local coordinating agencies released an Eclipse Community Operations Manual today, providing a single source of information related to eclipse preparation, safety, viewing, and a host of other topics.

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Airport, the National Elk Refuge, Teton County, the Town of Jackson, and Teton Village all provided information, regulations, and plans for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. The manual contains information and tips for residents, visitors, and businesses designed to assist with planning and preparing for this upcoming community event.

“The collective goal of the coordinating local agencies is to realize a safe and positive community experience during this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse event,” said Kathryn Brackenridge, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Special Event Coordinator contracted by the Teton County and the Town of Jackson.

“In the face of a rare and extraordinary event, it’s been remarkable to see emergency planners, businesses and residents embrace this opportunity to welcome visitors from all over the globe to our smaller and special community.”

“A good, quick take-away from the larger scope of the manual’s message is something we’ve gathered from other communities located on the path of totality: arrive early, stay put, and leave late,” Brackenridge continued. “We hope our community uses the manual to help inform and drive good decisions for everyone during the Total Solar Eclipse.”

The Teton Solar Eclipse Community Operations Manual is posted on www.tetoneclipse.com, which provides a single source for all local information related to the upcoming eclipse. Residents, visitors, and businesses are all encouraged to visit the site frequently for the most up-to-date information related to eclipse preparation, solar viewing and eye safety, designated public viewing areas and additional essentials.


Locals: Eclipse Volunteering Needs | First Responder Food Donations

Via our VOAD partners at Hole Food Rescue – with gratitude.
Hello JH Community,
We are 21 days away from the infamous Total Solar Eclipse and VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) is working hard to ensure all the incoming and local first responders that will be on duty during the eclipse weekend are properly fed. 
We are looking for nonperishable snack and gatorade donations for first responders and volunteers. There will be over 180 people working around the clock to keep our community safe during the long weekend. 
Examples of nonperishable snack items: Nuts, Raisins, Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Crackers, Chips, Beef Jerky, gatorade, etc.
Please drop off any donations to:
  • Town Hall (150 E. Pearl) – 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday
  • A donation box will also be placed outside the front door for after hours deliveries. 
Please contact me with any questions, THANK YOU!!
Ali Dunford
Co-Executive Director 
Hole Food Rescue
Hole Food Rescue
1524 Martin Ln. Unit B
PO Box 2955
Jackson, WY 83001

Bridger-Teton National Forest Adds New Information Stations During Eclipse

Be sure to consult tetoneclipse.com/maps for the newly listed 9 additional information stations.

Teton Eclipse FAQ’s Downloadable & Printable Document

Small, downloadable, printable, essentials. Perfect for your fridge, employee kitchen/lounge or other area and a helpful compendium for guests as well. 



Jackson Hole Total Solar Eclipse | National Elk Refuge | Partner Spotlight

The 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America will be visible on August 21, 2017 across the continental United States. The center-line of the solar eclipse will pass through the Jackson Hole valley, placing it in the path of totality.

Visitation to the area is expected to be record-setting for single day visitation. Area lodging is already booked, and few, if any, campsites will be available on the day of the eclipse.

During the eclipse, visitors are asked to ensure a successful day by respecting area resources, respecting private property and all signage, following all temporary routes and restrictions, packing out all litter, and prioritizing safety for people, wildlife, and habitat.

Refuge Specific Regulations

It will be business as usual during the eclipse, with the same regulations in effect during the period preceding, during, and after the eclipse. The only change in regulations will be the closure of fishing access on August 21 only.

Note the following year-round regulations that will also be in place during the eclipse:

National Elk Refuge access is restricted to open public roads and trails designated as “authorized routes.” All other foot, vehicle, bicycle, and horse travel is prohibited. This includes travel between the Refuge and adjacent National Forest lands. You must be on an authorized route at all times while within the Refuge boundary.

Visitor use is not allowed on the Refuge between legal sunset and sunrise, other than vehicle traffic on the road to a designated location. Overnight parking on the Refuge Road is not allowed.

More information on Refuge access routes and restrictions can be found on the Rules and Regulations tab of the National Elk Refuge web site.

Eclipse Times | Summer Volume II

Extra, extra from Teton Eclipse land…

Eclipse News V2 Summer 2017, downloadable, printable, and available around town. 



TONIGHT! Final in a series since first- launched in March, 2017

AND Live in Teton County, ID or Alta, WY? Be sure to save the date for an August 2 evening at the Alta branch of Teton County Library with Teton County Emergency Management’s Rich Ochs and other planners (TBA). 6-8 pm.

JULY 17, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 pm

From Teton County Parks & Recreation:

The first Total Solar Eclipse to visit the U.S. in 38 years will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Jackson Hole could offer one of the best places in the nation to view the total eclipse.  If skies are clear, the eclipse promises to be a spectacular astronomical event.  Samuel Singer, Executive Director of Wyoming Stargazing, will explore:  the documented history of solar eclipses and the science behind solar eclipses.

Public safety agencies have been planning since 2015 for the Total Solar Eclipse.  One issue that has come up is increasing community resilience to help limited public safety resources cope with the surge in visitors.  Businesses, residents and community organizations all need to be aware of the magnitude of this event and prepare accordingly.  Rich Ochs from Teton County Emergency Management will discuss our public safety planning efforts, issues the community may face, and simple steps locals can take to best prepare for this once in a lifetime event.

This program is offered in collaboration with Wyoming Stargazing, Teton County Emergency Management, Teton County Library and Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation.

Bridger-Teton National Forest Eclipse Interactive Map

Hot Off The Presses!

Bridger-Teton National Forest Releases Eclipse Interactive Map

Jackson Hole Total Solar Eclipse | Bridger-Teton National Forest | Partner Spotlight

As our friends at the Forest Service like to say – “It’s All Yours” and it is certainly with that spirit that they and we proudly share this incredible tool for totality exploration either for planning or engaging from your home far away from the line of totality. Have at it- #itsallyours!

Welcome to the Bridger-Teton National Forest!  On Monday, August 21, 2017 we will be experiencing a Total Solar Eclipse as it passes over a large portion of the forest.  We would love for you to come join us and experience this phenomena during the summer of 2017.  The main areas that will see a full view of the eclipse are: the surrounding Jackson Hole Area from the northern part of Jackson Lake down to the Hoback River Corridor and Snake River Corridor and most of the Wind River Range will be in full coverage.

While visiting the Bridger-Teton National Forest we would like you to be aware that the surrounding area is going to be extremely busy with many visitors.  August is already a busy time of year for the area, but this once in a lifetime event for the area will have visitors from around the world coming to see the Eclipse.

Planning your visit: With the large amounts of visitors coming to the Bridger-Teton National Forest we suggest you have a plan before you show up.  Finding out where you want to stay.  What amenities are available in that area?  Where do you want to see the eclipse from?  Try to bring all the food and water you’ll need with you due to limited parking and difficult travel into town.

Visit our web page to find more helpful information on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.