Programs And Festivals

Firefly Programs and Festivals

Firefly programs and festivals are becoming popular among nature centers and environmental organizations. Firefly Watch would like to be the place to find out about these programs. If your organization is planning a firefly event, or if you know of an organization that is planning an event, please let us know and we will add you to the list. Send the name of your organization, the name of the program, the date, address, contact information, a one or two-sentence description of the program and the program’s logo (optional) to us at fireflywatch@mos.org.

2016

Colorado

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Firefly Celebration and Night Hike

  • Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25, 2016
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Yes, we have spotted fireflies in the park over the years! Learn about the lives of fireflies, make a firefly craft and hike to find these elusive natural wonders in the park.

$4/member, $5/nonmember, Reservations Required

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Family Night at Filoha Meadows: Fireflies, Bats and Bugs

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
  • Thursday, July 7, 2016
  • Monday, July 18, 2016
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016
  • 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Stay up late for an evening to explore a special place with your family. We'll meet some residents of Filoha Meadows such as aquatic insects, Townsend's Big Eared Bats, and fireflies, too! We'll play games, do some hands-on discovery and participate in activities where we'll learn about animal adaptations. Get ready because once it is dark, it's time to find a firefly and take a closer look.

  • WHERE: Filoha Meadows Open Space, near Redstone, Colorado
  • COST: This FREE program is brought to you by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
  • REGISTRATION: is required and opens three weeks in advance of the program date
  • MORE INFO AND REGISTER: www.roaringfork.org/events Please call (970) 927-1290 with questions.
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Filoha Meadows Firefly and Rare Orchid Walk

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016
  • Monday, July 11, 2016
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016
  • 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Fireflies, rare orchids, and thermal wetlands are only part of what makes Filoha Meadows special. Join educators from RFC, local experts, and rangers from Pitkin County Open Space & Trails to tour areas typically closed to public access while discussing current issues surrounding Filoha Meadows and the Crystal River Valley. This program is appropriate for those 12 years and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.

  • WHERE: Filoha Meadows Open Space, near Redstone, Colorado
  • COST: This FREE program is brought to you by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
  • REGISTRATION: is required and opens three weeks in advance of the program date
  • MORE INFO AND REGISTER: www.roaringfork.org/events Please call (970) 927-1290 with questions.

Illinois

Firefly Fireworks

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016; 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Hampshire Forest Preserve, 44W880 Allen Rd., Hampshire, IL 60140
  • Thursday, July 7, 2016; 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Campton Forest Preserve, 4N379 Town Hall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175

Explore the fascinating world of brilliant bugs during our evening firefly programs. We’ll begin our walk at dusk and watch the night time magic begin as thousands of fireflies rise from the prairie. All ages are welcome. Advance registration is required.

Please call (630) 444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Kentucky

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Firefly Fireworks

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016; 11:00 am
  • Twin Knobs Campground, at the Beach House
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016; 11:00 am
  • Twin Knobs Campground, at the Beach House

Whether you call them lightning bugs, moon bugs, fireflies, or any other name, you’ll love the games and activities about these amazing insects. This event is fun for the whole family.

Light Up The Night

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016; 8:00 pm
  • Twin Knobs Campground, at the Amphitheater
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016; 8:00 pm
  • Zilpo Campground, at the Camp Store
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016; 8:00 pm
  • Zilpo Campground, at the Camp Store
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016; 8:00 pm
  • Koomer Ridge Campground, at the Amphitheater
  • Saturday, June 25, 2016; 8:00 pm
  • Twin Knobs Campground, at the Amphitheater

Who DOESN’T love fireflies?? But how much do you really know about them? Come explore the night-time world of these icons of summer and go on a firefly hike. Flashlights recommended.

Please see our website www.fs.usda.gov/dbnf for directions to each campground.

  • COST: Free for campers, $7.00 per car for non-campers
  • CONTACT: Sarah Talley or Eric Dodd at the Gladie Visitor Center, 606-663-8100

DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST, Cumberland Ranger District, KY

Massachusetts

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The Secret Lives of Fireflies

Thursday, June 23, 2016

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Watching fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights in New England. We watch, we enjoy, but do we really know what they are saying. This talk will shed a little light on the secret lives of fireflies. You will also learn how you can participate in a scientific research effort to find out if these magical insects are disappearing from our landscape and, if so, why and what can be done about it.

  • Blue Hills Trailside Museum
  • 1904 Canton Avenue
  • Milton, MA
  • (617) 333-0690

Minnesota

Firefly Watch Night Hike

  • Friday, July 15, 2016
  • 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Venture into the night to see fireflies in flight. We will go on a hike through prairie and woods in an effort to find lightening bugs. We will be citizen scientists as we collect data for Firefly Watch. 



Flashlights suggested. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

  • Sibley State Park
  • 800 Sibley Park Road Northeast
  • New London, MN 56273
  • (320) 354-2055

From St. Cloud, take State Hwy 23 to New London, then State Hwy 9 west to US Hwy 71. Go one mile south on 71 to park entrance.

From Willmar, take US Hwy 71 north, 15 miles to the park entrance.

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Fireflies Blinking Lights on Hot Summer Nights

  • July 2, 22 & 30
  • 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Are you amazed by the blinking lights that scatter the fields and road sides during the peak of summer? Ever wonder what it is that lights them up or why it is that we are seeing less and less of those lights every year? If so you may want to come down to the amphitheater and learn about this incredible beetle that lights up the night sky during the months of June and July.

  • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • 1071 County 118, Preston, MN, 55965
  • Natalie Johnson
  • (507) 937-3251

Missouri

Missouri Botanical Garden

Firefly Festival

  • Wednesdays, June 8, 15, 22, 2016
  • 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Our popular celebration of Earth's living lanterns returns! Join us for firefly crafts and games, then experience the magical Conservatory glow walks where we light the inside of the Butterfly House with twinkling lights. Wrap up the evening by joining staff on an outdoor journey to see real fireflies. Please bring one flashlight per person.

Price is per session. For ages 4 and up.

Preregistration required.

Price per person:

  • $14 General admission
  • $12 Garden members
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Faust Park
  • 15193 Olive Boulevard
  • Chesterfield, MO 63017
  • (636) 530-0076
  • www.butterflyhouse.org

New Jersey

Duke Farms

Firefly Festival

  • July 10th & 11th, 2016

During this family-friendly event participants will meander along 1.5 miles of trails taking them through woodlands, meadows and along lakeshores to get a glimpse of fireflies in action. They will investigate activity stations along the way where they will learn to "talk: with fireflies, discover what a "glowworm: is, create their own firefly, cast their vote in the 'Lightening Bug' versus 'Firefly' debate and much more!

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Nature's Nightlights

  • Saturday, June 18, 2016
  • 9:00 pm
  • Meet in the Auditorium

Nothing heralds the beginning of summer like a field full of fireflies! After a short lecture and a firefly game, we'll go on a short hike through a cloud of fireflies. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.

Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

Annual Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • 12:00 pm – 12:00 am

The PA Firefly Festival (PAFF) celebrates the annual mating displays of Phontinus Carolinus, also known as the Synchronous Firefly in the Allegheny National Forest region. The season starts in mid June into the early part of July. There are also up to 15 different species in the ANF that display through out the summer months. The FREE festival includes live music, educational programming, food, arts/crafts and fun. We encourage firefly enthusiasts to come to the area for at least a weekend to a week to maximize the chances of witnessing the displays. Check the website or check us out on Facebook for more information.

Vermont

Bonnyvale

Nature's Nightlights

  • Saturday, June 18, 2016
  • 8:00 pm at BEEC

The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center’s fields are a firefly haven. Come on up to Heifer Hill and enjoy the show! We will begin with a presentation on the secret of lives of fireflies. Their flashes may seem like innocent courtship, but that is not always so!

You will also learn how to participate in Firefly Watch, a citizen science project. These magical insects seem to be disappearing from parts of their range. Your observations can help scientists figure out where and why this is happening and what can be done about it.

After the presentation, we will head out into the darkening meadows to practice counting fireflies, look for different flash patterns, and take a fresh look at this special part of summer nights.

Cost: free

  • Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
  • PO Box 2318
  • West Brattleboro, VT 05303
  • Alison Tews
  • beec@ sover.net
  • (802) 257-5785

2015

Colorado

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Firefly Celebration and Night Hike

  • June 25 & June 26, 2015
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm

Yes, we have spotted fireflies in the park over the years! Learn about the lives of fireflies, make a firefly craft and hike to find these elusive natural wonders in the park.

$4/member, $5/nonmember, Reservations Required

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Filoha Meadows Firefly & Rare Orchard Walk

  • Wednesday July 1, 2015
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015
  • Thursday, July 9, 2015
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
  • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fireflies, uniquely rare orchids, and thermal wetlands are only part of what make Filoha Meadows special. Join Roaring Fork Conservancy staff and local experts including Lisa Tasker, plant ecologists of E.M. Ecological, LLC to tour areas of the Meadow closed to public access while discussing current issues surrounding Filoha Meadows and the Crystal Valley. This adult program is appropriate for those 12 years and older with a parent. Please dress appropriately; the tour will happen rain or shine.

  • Cost: FREE with underwriting from Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
  • Registration is required and opens three weeks in advance of each program at www.roaringfork.org/events.
  • Please call (970) 927-1290 with questions. Learn more about Filoha Meadows at www.roaringfork.org/filoha.
  • Filoha Meadows Open Space, near Redstone, Colorado
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Family Filoha Fireflies, Bats, and Bugs

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • Monday, July 13, 2015
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015
  • 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Stay up late for an evening of exploring a special place with your family. Discover the aquatic insects, Townsend’s’ Big Eared Bats, and fireflies too, whom all live at Filoha Meadows. We’ll learn about their adaptations through hands-on discovery, games, and activities. Once it is dark we’ll try to catch a firefly to hold in our hands and look at closely. Appropriate for families with children of all ages and their parents. Please dress appropriately; the tour will happen rain or shine.

  • Cost: FREE with underwriting from Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
  • Registration is required and opens three weeks in advance of each program at www.roaringfork.org/events.
  • Please call (970) 927-1290 with questions. Learn more about Filoha Meadows at www.roaringfork.org/filoha.

Illinois

Firefly Fireworks

  • Thursday, July 9, 2015
  • 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Explore the fascinating world of brilliant bugs during our evening firefly programs. We’ll begin our walk at dusk and watch the night time magic begin as thousands of fireflies rise from the prairie. All ages are welcome. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Fee: $2/person

  • Campton Forest Preserve
  • 4N379 Town Hall Rd., St. Charles

Massachusetts

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The Secret Lives of Fireflies

Thursday, June 25, 2015

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Watching fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights in New England. We watch, we enjoy, but do we really know what they are saying. This talk will shed a little light on the secret lives of fireflies. You will also learn how you can participate in a scientific research effort to find out if these magical insects are disappearing from our landscape and, if so, why and what can be done about it.

  • Blue Hills Trailside Museum
  • 1904 Canton Avenue
  • Milton, MA
  • (617) 333-0690
South Shore Natural Science Center logo

The Secret Lives of Fireflies

Friday, July 17, 2015

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Watching fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights in New England. We watch, we enjoy, but do we really know what they are saying. This talk will shed a little light on the secret lives of fireflies. You will also learn how you can participate in a scientific research effort to find out if these magical insects are disappearing from our landscape and, if so, why and what can be done about it.

  • South Shore Natural Science Center
  • 48 Jacobs Lane
  • Norwell, MA 02061
  • Contact: Louise Beaudry
  • (781) 659-2559 x215

New Jersey

Duke Farms

Firefly Festival

July 10th & 11th 2015

During this family-friendly event participants will meander along 1.5 miles of trails taking them through woodlands, meadows and along lakeshores to get a glimpse of fireflies in action. They will investigate activity stations along the way where they will learn to "talk" with fireflies, discover what a “glowworm” is, create their own firefly, cast their vote in the 'Lightening Bug' versus 'Firefly' debate and much more!

Pennsylvania

Firefly Festival

  • August 1st 2015
  • 6‐10pm

Join us on Saturday, August 1st for our annual Firefly Festival! Take a hayride around our 150 year old apple orchard, enjoy our house smoked BBQ, test your water balloon skills, or make your very own bug jar! All leading up to evening in the orchard where we will gather to watch (and maybe chase) the fireflies as they frolic in the twilight!

PAFF

Annual Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

  • 4th Saturday in June (June 27, 2015)
  • 12-noon to 12-midnight

The PA Firefly Festival (PAFF) celebrates the annual mating displays of Phontinus Carolinus, also known as the Synchronous Firefly in the Allegheny National Forest region. The season starts in mid June into the early part of July. There are also up to 15 different species in the ANF that display through out the summer months. The FREE festival includes live music, educational programming, food, arts/crafts and fun. We encourage firefly enthusiasts to come to the area for at least a weekend to a week to maximize the chances of witnessing the displays. Check the website or check us out on Facebook for more information.

PAFF

Annual Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

  • Saturday, June 27, 2015
  • 8:00 pm

Discover the amazing world of fireflies, then go outside to capture, observe and release some of these luminous beetles.


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You might see more than one type of firefly in your yard. New England fireflies fall into three main groups, and they can be identified by flash color, pattern, and location. Check out the Virtual Habitat to see what fireflies might look like in action.

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