Sunday, August 20 - Monday, August 21
Culver High School, Culver, Oregon

It's a two-day family-friendly festival and camp-out on the Culver High School recreation fields. Culver is in the path of totality of the 2017 solar eclipse. Join OSU-Cascades, the High Desert Museum, Central Oregon STEM Hub, Culver School District and others for a celebration of this rare event.

Festival activities include overnight camping, science presentations, entertainment and children’s activities, and stargazing. Meet guest speaker James Wetherbee, former NASA astronaut and retired US Navy captain, and enjoy the music of Chiringa!

Registration is closed.


Camp at Culver

(All include Camping, Festival Admission, Solar Viewing Glasses)

Campsite Package
Site: 15'x20'
Dry campsite, parking and admission for six participants

RV Package
Site: 10'x45' or 10'x75'
No-dump, no hook-up RV site and admission for six participants


Culver High School - Recreation Fields
The Culver School District grounds are located at Iris Ln. and Second Ave., Culver, OR 97734. Maps and directions can be found here

Culver is 9.1 miles southwest of Madras, Oregon.

Sunday, August 20

12 - 6 p.m.
Arrivals, Registration, Camp Site Set-Up

1 - 3 p.m.
Solar Viewing
See the sun through a solar telescope with astronomical interpreters from the Oregon Observatory.

4 - 5 p.m.                   
Natural History Talk
Join OSU-Cascades’ Professor Ron Reuter for a discussion of the region’s geology, including rock samples and views of the mountains created by geologic forces.

4 - 5 p.m.
Rocket Demonstrations
Watch as astronomers from the Oregon Observatory launch demonstration rockets towards the sky.

4 - 6 p.m.
Build Your Own Solar Viewer
Create your own personal solar viewer with OSU-Cascades Dean Julie Gess-Newsome following a suggested template, or using your own imagination. For all ages. Materials provided.

Face Painting
Your face will be extra sunny.

Solar S’mores Station
Make your solar oven at home and bring it with your s’more fixin’s. We’ll have a station where fellow festival attendees will be amazed at your solar cooking! Download solar oven instructions here.

5 - 6 p.m.
Dinner on own

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Solar System
Bring your camp chair and join five-time Space Shuttle Commander Jim Wetherbee for a fun exploration of the size and scale of our solar system, and its relationship to our Earth. His books will be available for purchase (and autograph) following the presentation. Cash or check only.

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This popular, Bend-based Latin dance band plays salsa, cumbia, Latin pop and covers of bands like Santana and Ozomatli. Puerto Rican, Iranian lead singer Shireen Amini and her band will have you on your feet!  

8:30 - 11 p.m.
Astronomers from the Oregon Observatory will steer their telescopes to the most interesting features in the Central Oregon night sky.

9 - 10 p.m.
Views from Space
Jim Wetherbee returns to the stage to share photographs of space and the Earth taken during his six missions on the Space Shuttle.

10 p.m.
Night Sky Constellation Tour
Join astronomers from the Oregon Observatory for a laser tour of the night sky.

Monday, August 21

6 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast on own
For those who wish to depart immediately after the eclipse, break camp now and pack your vehicle, so that you can get on the road quickly after the eclipse is over.  

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.               
Fun Run
Put on your jogging shoes and walk or run the track at your own pace (outside lanes).

Sun Salutations
For the yogis our guided practice on the field will be like no other, honoring the sun - our planet’s life source. Bring a mat if you like, but not required.

8 a.m.
Kid's Dash
Bring the kids to the track for a fun one-mile dash.

8 - 9 a.m.
Build Your Own Solar Viewer
It's your last chance to create your own personal solar viewer. For all ages. Materials provided.

Face Painting
Your face will be extra sunny.

9 a.m.
Launch Time: Scientific, High Attitude Balloons
Walk across the street to the high school to view researchers.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
Have your eclipse viewing glasses ready. Together we’ll watch the shadow of the moon cross the landscape, and countdown the minutes until 10:19 a.m., when the moon will cover the sun completely.
IMPORTANT: See NASA’s guide for eye safety during a solar eclipse.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Break Camp and Departures
Please dispose of recycling and garbage in the containers throughout the site.  As a courtesy to our host, the Culver School District, please remove any trash from your camp or RV site before you leave, and take all of your belongings.



I have a question about the event. Who should I contact?

Because of the volume of expected payment phone calls, please direct all questions to

Where is Culver High School?

The Culver School District grounds are located at Iris Ln. and Second Ave., Culver, OR 97734. If you are arriving from the south, enter Culver from U.S. 97 via SW Culver Hwy. If you are arriving from the north, enter from U.S. 97 via Iris Ave. Maps and directions can be found here

I’m getting multiple campsites; will they be grouped together?

Yes, we will make every effort to group you together.

What should I be thinking about regarding eye safety?

Protect those eyes! It is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. OSU-Cascades will provide solar viewing glasses. See NASA’s guide for eye safety during a solar eclipse.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi, power, etc. on site?

There is no power on-site. Bring battery packs if you plan to keep your devices charged. There is data coverage onsite, but state planners advise that access may be limited throughout the region due to the high volume of people accessing coverage. Please plan for limited internet access while on site.

Will meals be provided? 

You are responsible for bringing all of your family’s meals. No meals will be provided. We advise bringing pre-prepared meals that don’t require extensive refrigeration.

Can I bring a camp stove?

A designated cooking area will be available where participants can prepare meals using their camp stoves. No open fires or flames of any type are allowed.

Can I use alcohol, marijuana or other drugs on site?

No alcohol or drugs may be possessed or consumed by any participant on the Culver site, even by those 21 and older. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the Culver site.

Read OSU-Cascades Conference Services and Events Compliance & Safety Policies