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The Last Total Solar Eclipse in Ohio in our Lifetimes

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Experience the Awe and Wonder of Totality, Witness this Rare Celestial Event


Join AOA’s Eclipse Party and observe this awe-inspiring celestial event at our Trella Romine Prairie Preserve.  Located in the heart of the eclipse path, participants will experience over three and one-half minutes of totality – an incredibly long time to be without the sun.  The last time the State of Ohio was in the path of a total solar eclipse was in 1806 and the next total eclipse in Ohio will not take place until 2099. That is a long-time folks.


AOA will open its Trella Romine Preserve for our friends and supporters to experience this rare celestial event.  You can read more about the various stages of, and the specific phenomena to look for during the eclipse here: “5 Spectacular Sights to Watch for During Totality”.


Thanks to the conservation efforts of Trella Romine, Gale Martin and The Marion County Historical Society, AOA is able to present this incredibly unique opportunity.  While there, experience and learn more about the Trella Romine Prairie, one of Ohio’s few remaining natural prairie habitats, now almost extirpated throughout its former range.


This event is free and open to the public.

Location:  Trella Romine Prairie is located just south of Marion and just north of the Village of Green Camp at the intersection of Marion-Green Camp Road (Highway 739) and Larue-Prospect Road South (Highway 203).  See Google Maps link below.  Note, there is no Google Maps street address for the property.


Time:  Totality begins at approximately 3:00 pm. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 12 noon and feel free to stay until the eclipse in finished.  Participants should be on site no later than 2 pm so as to have plenty of time to observe the eclipse in progress and not disturb other observers.


Parking:  Parking is available adjacent to the Preserve gate.  Look for AOA’s chartreuse traffic cones and signs, in addition to our parking staff.


Sanitary Facilities:  Bathroom facilities will be available across the street at the Holmes Lumber store.


What to Bring:  Feel free to picnic before and during the celestial show.  Bring food, drinks, snacks as well as any other comforts you may want while observing, such as blankets, chairs and pillows.  Bug repellant is recommended during tick season.  Sunscreen may be desirable if we are lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day.  Be prepared for the typical Ohio April weather.  You may also want to bring a pair of binoculars for better viewing of the resident bald eagle’s nest and the Big Island Wildlife Area adjacent to the Trella Romine property.


IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS REQUIRED WHEN VIEWING AN ECLIPSE:  Viewing the eclipse without special eclipse safe glasses is very dangerous and can cause severe and permanent damage to your eyes, including loss of eyesight.   It is recommended that participants secure and bring their own eclipse viewing glasses to the event.  AOA will have a couple of dozen specialty glasses for observing the eclipse available on a first-come basis which can be shared if needed.


Eventbrite Registration Required:  Attendance at this event is limited.  Please register you and your group if you want to participate.

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Google Maps Link:,-83.2013775,2992m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x8839190c2c99dc2f:0x55fe89b51d68161!8m2!3d40.5484751!4d-83.1913184!16s%2Fg%2F1pxy_wjky?entry=ttu






April 8
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm