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The RMSC Announces list of organizations chosen for rmsc community eclipse ambassador program

    ROCHESTER, NY, March 23, 2023 – In preparation for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, the RMSC is launching its first ever RMSC Community Eclipse Ambassador Program

    The Ambassador program aims to excite and educate the community about the total solar eclipse and distribute STEM learning into communities, creating access to this natural phenomenon for all. The RMSC invited community-serving organizations across the region to apply to participate in the program to help educate communities hyper-locally. There were over 150 applications submitted.

    RMSC Community Eclipse Ambassadors will be trained in eclipse education, basic astronomy, and eclipse viewing safety. For their organizations, Ambassadors will be outfitted with equipment including: a telescope with a solar viewing filter, educational materials, solar viewing glasses, and materials for activities. 

    Participants represent community organizations, businesses, or municipalities as well as serve people within Rochester and the nine counties (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates). 

    “We were thrilled to see so many applications flooding in to support the Eclipse Ambassador Program,” said Daniel Schneiderman, Eclipse Partnerships Coordinator at the RMSC. “All of these organizations will have an incredible impact as we prepare our communities for next year.”

    The Full List of the RMSC Community Eclipse Ambassador Organizations:

    441 Ministries

    490 Farmers

    Autism Up

    B. E.R.R! Build, Educate, Rise, and Restore!

    BluePrint Geneva

    Cameron Community Ministries

    City of Rochester Recreation and Human Services

    Corn Hill Waterfront and Navigation Foundation/Sam Patch & Riverie Tour Boats

    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County

    CP Rochester


    East House

    Finger Lakes Museum and Yates County Chamber of Commerce

    Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

    FIRST Robotics X-Cats team191

    Ganondagan State Historic Site

    Gates Chili Middle School – The Outdoor Club

    Genesee Country Village & Museum

    Genesee County Parks, Recreation & Forestry

    George Eastman Museum

    Girl Scouts of WNY

    GRASA Greater Rochester Afterschool & Summer Alliance

    Grupo Cultural Latinos en Rochester

    Hansen Nature Center/Tinker Nature Park

    Helmer Nature Center

    Hilton Parma Hamlin Chamber of Commerce

    Hipocampo Children’s Books

    House of Mercy


    Islamic Center of Rochester- Westfall Academy

    Justice and Care for Creation committee of the Sisters of St Joseph of Rochester

    Laughing Gull Chocolates

    Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Greater Rochester

    Monroe County Library System (MCLS)

    Monroe County Parks

    National Technical Institute of the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology

    OWWL Library System

    Perinton Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8495

    Rochester Women’s Network

    Scouts BSA, Seneca Waterways

    South East Area Coalition

    St. Bernards Tenant Associations

    St. John’s

    Sweet Ida Mae Pantry

    Temple Emanu El

    The Beat 105.5 FM

    The Community Place

    Town of Perinton Community Center

    United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes

    WXXI Education

    YMCA of Greater Rochester

    YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County

    The RMSC is looking forward to working with the Eclipse Ambassadors to spread the word about this natural phenomenon and garner excitement for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Rochester! For more information, click here.

    Science Sandbox, an initiative of The Simons Foundation, generously supports this program.

    The mission of the RMSC is to inspire a better future for all through curiosity, exploration, and participation in science, culture, and the natural world. The RMSC includes the RMSC Museum & Science Center, the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, and the RMSC Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum & Science Center with more than 200 interactive exhibits, the Planetarium with a 65-foot dome screen and several hands-on exhibits, and the Nature Center on 900 acres of land and 14 miles of trails, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of the Rochester Region’s past and present, including its rich history of social and technological innovation. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top five most visited attractions serving children and families. 

    For more information about the RMSC, visit rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.

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