Viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse is an excellent educational opportunity for your students. We offered a half-day workshop to prepare Jacksonville-area educators on safely viewing the eclipse and incorporating related classroom activities. Slides and links to materials used at the workshop are provided through links embedded in the agenda below.

The workshop was held at the University of North Florida in the Sciences Building 50 on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Attendees of the workshop received free classroom materials including solar viewing glasses, thanks to a grant from the American Astronomical Society. It wouldn’t have been possible without volunteers from the UNF’s Physics Department, students from UNF’s Astronomy Club and members of the North-East Florida Astronomical Society (NEFAS).

Final Workshop Agenda


9:30 – 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 – 10:10 AM Welcome and introductions (PDF)
10:10 – 11:00 AM Eclipse 2017 keynote by Dr. Mike Reynolds (PDF)
11:10 – 11:40 AM First Hands-on Session
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Second Hands-on Session
12:15 – 1:00 PM Free Lunch
1:10 – 1:40 PM Third Hands-on Session
1:45 – 2:00 PM Wrap up (PDF)

In addition to general information about the 2017 solar eclipse and how to safely view the event with students, we offered the hands-on sessions on the following topics:

  • Photographing the Eclipse
    • Dr. Mike Reynold’s Presentation


If you would like to know when the eclipse stars, reaches maximum obscuration, and ends, here is a great interactive map. For UNF, the eclipse reaches maximum obscuration at 2:48pm EST.


If you would like even more eclipse information, here are links that you may find useful.

NASA’s Answers to common eclipse questions
NASA’s index of eclipse activities
PBS Teacher Toolkit for the Eclipse
Astronomy Society of the Pacific (ASP) Resource Guide for Teachers