Little Grassy offers "stellar" location for August 2017 total eclipse

August 29, 2016

It is estimated that over 50,000 visitors will be in Jackson County in southern Illinois to view an astronomical phenomenon that is expected to occur on Monday, August 21, 2017 with the total solar eclipse at 1:42 p.m.  Astronomers have identified Makanda, IL, where the IGRC's Little Grassy Camp is located, as near "ground zero" for the lengthiest duration of a total solar eclipse, making it one of the most enviable locations on the planet to observe it.   At Makanda the eclipse will last for 2 minutes, 42 seconds.

Little Grassy Camp will be open to as many persons as can be accommodated for day use.  Those registering in advance may register also for a bag lunch on that day.  Overnight accommodations along with meals are also available on a limited basis.  Entry fees include viewing glasses.

The camp has already been contacted by local organizations about use of the camp for groups.  

Registration Forms

There are three different registration forms:
If you are registering for an Illinois Great Rivers Conference Church:  Eclipse Registration for IGRC
If you are registering for a school: Eclipse Registration for School
If you are registering as a member of the general public:  Eclipse Public Registration

Weekend Solar Eclipse Retreat

In addition to an opportunity to view the eclipse from this prime location, guests also have the option of participation in a retreat beginning 2 days before that explores Native American traditions with respect to astronomical events, as well as their Biblical significance.  The ground on which Little Grassy is located was once inhabited by Native American tribes.

The retreat package can include Friday evening dinner, all meals on Saturday and Sunday and Monday breakfast and box lunch with beverage.  Box lunches for day guests will only be available by registration. Observation glasses will be part of every package purchased.  Concessions will be available.
Minors need to be accompanied by an adult.

United Methodist groups from the IGRC will be given first consideration in registration. School groups will be offered the same discount prices as IGRC United Methodists.

Additionally, LG will offer a limited number of free spots for IGRC youth willing to volunteer to assist in parking, concessions, and other services.  

For more information please contact Rev. Ed Hoke, Little Grassy MME, at 618-457-6030 or