Green Acres Farms in Casper, Wyoming, is your host for the Casper Eclipse Festival. We now have available fully licensed and approved self contained modular housing, a Campground area for dry camping, dependent camping and a tent area. These sites are available and will be filling up fast. The demand for housing and camping at the heart of the Eclipse in Casper, Wyoming is in very high demand.
Green Acres is offering these options for the weekend at one price, which includes the entire weekend from Friday evening Aug 18, until Monday afternoon Aug 21, and includes our stage music, eclipse prep classes, and special guest speakers. Campers with full weekend passes are allowed to arrive early and leave late. One day camping rates are available for local area travelers by sending a request by e-mail to email@example.com. To guarantee a reservation spot, go to the Green Acres Campground page at caspereclipse.biz and it will connect you to our sign up list with eventbrite.com. Our goal is to help everyone who attends have a successful and memorable experience. For most people, this will be a "once in a lifetime" event, so we will take our festival hosting responsibilities seriously !!
Green Acres will be a "family friendly" festival and campground. "Quiet time" will be observed after 11 pm. Disorderly, dangerous, destructive or illegal behavior will be grounds for immediate eviction. Well behaved pets on leash are acceptable, please clean up after them. Detailed camp regulations will be posted at the check in office.
All camping and housing units are located within walking distance of our events areas, food vendors, portable toilets, trash collection areas, and water fill station. Please let us know if you are elderly, handicapped or have other special needs. We will have hosts on site to assist with all concerns. Green Acres is located out of the glare of city lights for the event, and within 3 seconds of the maximum duration, yielding a "prime" location for the eclipse, and for night star gazing leading up to the eclipse.
Free events at Green Acres during the festival include music from 4-7, special guest speakers, nightly star gazing party (bring binoculars and telescopes), daily presentations on "what to expect" during the eclipse and how to be prepared to view it, and a Sunday morning worship service.
The Green Acres Corn Maze, Hay Maze and Fort, Jumping Pillow, Peddle Cars, Kids Train, Hay Wagon Rides, Petting Zoo, and Playground are all available for one entry price of $10 for kids from age 4-17. Kids 3 and under are free. Adults assisting paid children are free. Adults without children can use the hay wagon transport, try the Corn Maze and Hay Maze, and visit the Farm petting zoo for a $3 donation to our charity workers. Pony Rides, Apple Cannon Shoot, and Gem Panning will cost extra. A vendor, area with sandwiches, burgers, drinks, etc. will be on site.
We have a generous supply of approved "Solar eclipse glasses" made available through the City of Casper and Chamber of Commerce. They will be on available on site for only $3 each.
Information on weather, time announcements, what to do and see in Casper and the area, will all be available from our hosts.
Self Contained Housing: Due to the downturn in the Oil drilling economy, we have a generous supply of duplex self contained housing units available. Normally these units are in use, but because of the economy, are available, and comperable to a hotel suite, with a bedroom, bathroom, living area with satellite TV and kitchen. Some are divided in half, and some are larger units with bedroom and bath on each end with a open kitchen and lounge area shared in the middle. We recommend to reserve these units soon, due to housing demand for the eclipse, and the time and effort it takes to move and set up for the festival. These units cost $1050 including all taxes and fees.
Large RV Space: Green Acres has designated oversized lots of about 30x45 feet in area for RV, or Large Trailer camping, or for others that simply want a large space to camp in. The best locations will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.
Standard Camping Space: Designed for most medium size, bumper pull, "pop up" campers, pickup bed campers, and "mini" campers. Lot size is about 25x35 to accomodate a trailer and vehicle, plus space for your umbrella table, etc.
Dependent Space: Please let us know if your camper is not self contained, and you need to be located closer to water and toilet facilities.
Tent Camping Space: Designated areas are about 20x20 for tent setup, with parking, and personal space. The tent campground area will be located near the water station and toilets.
The Green Acres Campground "Hotline" phone is 307-377-5777. We are a working farm, and have much to do preparing for this event, so will return calls and e-mail as soon as possible.
Messages for special requests or questions can be sent on the "Links and Contacts" page or e-mail directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will check messages every morning and evening and respond as soon as possible.
Overall, Casper, Wyoming will be the Prime location to be for the Great American eclipse.
There will be many locations across the USA to view the Great American Eclipse, but none will exceed the opportunities in Casper, Wyoming. Why ? One might ask.. Here are the reasons that the "professional" eclipse chasers from around the world, NASA, and ASTROCON are converging on Casper:
1) Clear skies: The number one issue when viewing an eclipse is clouds and clear skies. Casper, Wyoming historically has 96% clear skies in the mornings in August. The normal weather pattern is for clear skies from the nighttime into the morning. If clouds build up, it is usually afternoon with evening shower.
2) Low humidity: Humidity can distort the atmosphere and filter out the fine details, causing less than ideal conditions for eclipse viewing and photography. Casper is located in a semi-arid desert location, with very low humidity in August, making it the best location in the nation for clear astrophotography and viewing.
3) Low light interfearence: Central Wyoming is well known for its dark nights and low interfearence from man made light sources, making it ideal for nighttime viewing, star gazing, photography, and eclipse viewing without "haze" and "glare."
4) Mobility: Interstate 25 east of Casper, and highway 30 west of casper run paralled to the "center line" of the eclipse, allowing for quick relocation if clouds appear just before the eclipse "show time". Over 150 miles of open road are available parallel to the center line in order to move to a prime viewing location. This makes the Casper area a very easy location to find a clear and safe spot for viewing. Visitors should spend a few hours scouting a couple of alternate locations east and west of Casper so they are fully prepared.
5) High elevation areas: Atmospheric distortion is improved with altitude. At over a mile high, Casper is a prime location to view with very low distortion. Casper, Wyoming is located along the Rocky Mountains, and has the advantage of high elevation locations to view the "shadow effect" as the eclipse approaches.
6) Crowds: Contrary to popular belief, Casper and central Wyoming will not be packed with massive crowds in comparison to many other favored areas. Because Casper is in a more remote area to access, the crowds are expected to be large, but not excessive. In addition, Casper is hosting ASTROCON and NASA research, meaning there will be many high level opportunities to "learn from the experts" at the festivals and exhibits the week prior to the eclipse. You will only find the world class expert eclipse chasers in Casper.
Casper, Wyoming is the Premium spot for NASA, ASTROCON, and the world expert chasers, so why go anywhere else??
The "Great American Eclipse" will occur during the daytime on August 21, 2017.
Here is why you should not miss this "once in a lifetime" opportunity !!
This eclipse will be the most spectacular natural event ever recorded, and will be the largest spectator event in world history, with about a half billion people witnessing at least a partial eclipse from southern Canada to northern Mexico, and covering the entire United States. It is estimated that more than 30 million people will migrate to the center line to view the Eclipse, easily making it the most viewed "live" event in world history.
Although the eclipse will only last a couple of hours with total darkness for a few minutes, it will be an event that will be remembered for the rest of your life. "Eclipse chasers" will be traveling from around the world to be on the center line.
Experts who have viewed previous eclipse events say it is a dramatic experience, and also a very social experience that is shared with friends and others you meet while attending events associated with an eclipse. Because this eclipse occurs on a Monday, the weekend leading up will be filled with all kinds of social gatherings and promotions, and events.
It will be beneficial to make plans as far in advance as possible to be in a prime location for the eclipse, but no matter what it takes, make sure you find your wat to "the center line" on August 21, 2017.