Programs & Events

Moths at Night

Program Number: 
None
Program Type: 
Citizen Science
Family Program
Date: 
Jul. 19, 2014 | Saturday, 8:00pm
Multiple Times: 
8pm–midnight
Requirements: 
All ages welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Location: Prairie Ridge Ecostation - Prairie Ridge Outdoor Classroom
Fee: 
Free

mothingCelebrate National Moth Week with the Museum at Prairie Ridge! Enjoy a brief orientation in the outdoor classroom, then head out to our blacklights and baits to see what’s out and about throughout the night. Bring a flashlight, a camera (if you have one), and your moth questions. We’ll have activities for kids and upload photos of the moths that we see to Discover Life and Butterflies and Moths of North America so that our data can help scientists learn more about the species in our area.  For more information, contact Chris Goforth at 919.707.8882 or chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

This program will teach you about biodiversity of moths in North Carolina and is a great supplement to our Rainforest Adventure special exhibit!

Additional Program Information

This program will take place outdoors and at night. Please wear comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for the weather. Whenever you are outdoors there is the possibility of encountering hazards such as poison ivy, stinging insects, mosquitoes, ticks, etc. The likelihood of encountering any such problem is small. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes (no CROCS or flip flops, please) to minimize these risks, and long pants are highly recommended. Because this is an evening program, we ask that you are careful where you step and put your hands and that you use a flashlight to make your way across dark areas. 

Items to bring

  • Flashlight.
  • Camera (optional).
  • A desire to learn, powers of observation, and your sense of humor.

Directions to Prairie Ridge

Our address is 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC. Directions to Prairie Ridge. You’ll see our big orange signs marking the entrance to the parking lot off Gold Star Drive. The Prairie Ridge entrance is located where the drive curves around to the right toward the big cinder block building. Park anywhere you’d like, then look for the kiosk and the gate through the fence.

Your program leader, Chris Goforth, will meet you at the outdoor classroom. Come in through the Prairie Ridge gate and follow the road over the hill until you see the building. You can email her with questions at chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

In case of rain...

If it rains the day of this program, please call 919.707.8888 after 5pm and choose option 5 for information about cancellations or rain delays.   If we have to cancel, we have a rain date scheduled for Saturday, July 26.