70-Day Special Event Rule Adopted by BCC for Eclipse

Teton Board of County Commissioners  has approved the 70- Day Rule for the time period surrounding the eclipse for County special events permits.  The standard policy for County special events is that they must be received at least 15 days prior to the event.  This rule will require that special events permits must be submitted at least 70 days prior to the event. The Sheriff’s Office is the primary recipient of special events permits, so they will have to enforce this rule, but all parties that review permits should know this from a planning standpoint as well.

The time period that this resolution impacts are special events that take place between August 16, 2017 through August 23, 2017.  This means that for this period of time, special events permits must be received by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office by June 7th, 2017 through June 14th, 2017 accordingly.

This is for County special events only.  The Town of Jackson implemented their own exception to their special events rule that requires 90 day notice, so theirs is a bit more strict than the County. That deadline is May 23, 2017.

Path of Totality Jackson, Wyoming Total Solar Eclipse

Since there hasn’t been a Total Solar Eclipse in the United States in 38 years, let alone one of the magnitude the 2017 Great American Eclipse presents,  experience and understanding of the science and terms can be somewhat confusing to the everyday citizen. Sure, maybe umbraphiles know what terms like the ‘totality’ and ‘centerline’ mean, but for the rest of us, there’s plenty of room for curiosity and confusion. Starting with – for one- what the heck is an “umbraphile.” Simply defined, it’s ‘one who loves eclipses and often travels to see them.’

To help the non-umbraphile’s out there, consulting resources like NASA’s glossary of Eclipse terms helps define these perhaps unknown known terms for the rest of the planet.

In 98 Days, the community’s surrounding  Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming will experience being on the path of totality during a Total Solar Eclipse. To be frank, this is a big deal in the astronomy world and in many ways, the global community. To help this community best prepare for the potential impact anticipated by increased visitors with a popular natural event , Town and County officials, along with Planning Partners are are hosting a free, public community event.

Teton Eclipse | A Total Community Event will educate and inform our whole community- businesses, community planners and individuals are all strongly encouraged to attend this event and learn more about what it means to be on the line of totality.

Get a great visual – to help illustrate that total path – it really speaks to the awesomeness of the confluence of being in a special place during a very special natural occurrence taking place from coast to coast across the United States this August 21, 2017.


Announcing…Official Eclipse Education & Celebration at The Center!

In continued joint-effort The Town of Jackson and Teton County Wyoming are pleased to announce the hosting of a major community-wide event May 24 at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. With the August 21, 2017 Great American Eclipse just over 100 days -out, the timely gathering will offer education and celebration of the upcoming celestial event.

The Town of Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming are collaborating to streamline support functions and lessen community impact of increased visitors during August 21, 2017s Total Solar Eclipse.

County- wide education and sharing of essential information from key locations, businesses and community stakeholders will help drive awareness and any aid needed for a successful  natural event. Teton Eclipse’s Total Community Event on May 24, 2017 facilitates a free, public stage bringing together government agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals for collective planning, preparation, conduct and recovery for this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. 

Poster & event details: TetonEclipse_May24_


The event provides two dedicated and separate community engagements:

  • TETON ECLIPSE FOR BUSINESSES/STAKEHOLDERS | Educational Presentation & Panel Discussion featuring Eclipse Expert Dr. Kate Russo and a select panel of local planners and stakeholders to contribute and help answer Q&A to an invited and ticketed (limited) audience in the Center Theatre. Time: 3 pm – 5 pm.
  • TETON ECLIPSE FOR COMMUNITY | Short Film, Educational Presentation by Dr. Kate Russo followed by  Panel Q&A See below for agenda/run of show. 5 pm – 9 pm.  


Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Venue: Center for the Arts – lobby and theatre  

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Hosted By: The Town of Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming 

In Partnership With: Stakeholders & Friends 

Admission: Free, Ticketed (325 for 3 pm Event and 500 Max for 5 pm event)



Special Event Applications for Total Solar Eclipse special event requests within the Town of Jackson are due by Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Jackson Town Council moved to temporarily limit special event permit consideration to special event applications that are directly related to the viewing of the eclipse, free community events hosted by local non-profit groups, and/or historically established events be considered during the dates of Friday, August 18 through Tuesday, August 22 and extend the time period to which they can apply to 90-days before the event.

For additional information please contact the Town of Jackson’s Special Event Coordinator, Carl Pelletier at (307) 734-3488 or at cpelletier@townofjackson.com.

Awareness Event Coming to Jackson

Monday, April 10, 2017 | 7 pm at Wyoming Stargazing Office

1085 W. Highway 22, Unit 1111, Jackson WY

Join this Multiverse at UC Berkeley and Google Making & Science Sponsored Town Hall Meeting to learn about an exciting citizen science project, Eclipse Megamovie.  Jackson Hole’s prime location for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse brings the possibility to participate in an extraordinary compilation of data via crowdsourcing.  Sponsored by:

Multiverse at UC Berkeley

Google Making & Science

Questions? email multiverse@ssl.berkeley.edu

From Berkeley Multiverse: 

Goals of Town Hall:

1. Promote awareness of the 2017 total solar eclipse

2. Educate about the science of a total solar eclipse

3. Share eclipse activities (including Megamovie) that people can participate in from now until the eclipse

4. Share easily accessible resources about the eclipse (for educators and the general public alike)

5. Allow people to ask questions about the eclipse, and voice potential concerns (for instance about the number of out-of-town visitors that are expected).

6. Allow civic leaders and public service providers (especially those representing health and safety) to address the public’s questions and concerns about the eclipse and out-of-town visitors.

7. Find potential partners and other allies interested in possible collaborations leading up to and during the actual eclipse event in August 2017 (dependent upon available funding).
About Google Making & Science:

Google wants to inspire the next generation of scientists and makers by helping them develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. Through its Making & Science Initiative, Google will be working with Multiverse on the Megamovie project, as well as working with educators and nonprofits around the country.

Get Ready for the Great Eclipse

Back by Popular Demand!

Teton Eclipse in partnership with Parks & Recreation, Teton County Public Library and Wyoming Stargazing announces three encore presentations of the The Great Jackson Eclipse of 2017.

Check the flyer here & events page for engagements scheduled for May 22, June 12 and July 17, 2017 at the Teton County Library from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Lucky Locals | It’s Jackson’s Lucky Day

Top o’ the mornin’ from the Town of Jackson and Teton County, WY. Perhaps you’ve come to this temporary website to understand a little more about this “Lucky Local” stuff you’ve seen around town?

As the first known documented Total Solar Eclipse took place in Ireland in 3340 BC,  on St. Patrick’s Day in America,  it seems great time to kick off the conversation about what it means to be a local during a total solar eclipse. Are we lucky to be on the path of totality here in the Tetons? How will we deal with the anticipated uptick of visitors knowing that hotels have been sold out for months and maybe even years in advance? How lucky is Jackson and Teton County in fact? Eclipse enthusiasts certainly categorize anyone lucky enough to be on the path of totality as a lucky local.

Perhaps it’s all about perspective? Try your luck at learning more about the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017. The natural phenomenon is coming to the Tetons this summer. Don’t press your luck by not understanding the awesome event and what to expect. Here’s a great local safety guide to being prepared for Jackson’s Lucky Day.


Camping Option | Grand Targhee Opens Camping Options in Alta, Wyoming

Knowing that Eclipse inventory for in all categories is slim, the kind folks at Grand Targhee have decided to open the resort on the days surrounding and of the eclipse to Camping, RV Parking and Day Parking.


On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur and Grand Targhee Resort is in the path of totality. It has been almost 40 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed North America. In Alta, Wyoming the duration of totality will last approximately 2 minutes and 16 seconds. On the day of the eclipse, Grand Targhee Resort will only be open to guests who are camping, have a scenic chair lift ticket, or parking pass. Due to high demand, the resort will only sell a limited number of lift tickets, camping and parking passes.


Interested in learning more about this magnificent celestial event? Are you coming to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park or Wyoming to view? Perhaps you live here and would like to learn more about the extraordinary natural phenomenon coming to the Tetons on August 21, 2017?


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