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Join us for firefly walks!

Fireflies are fabulous little beetles, and in Western North Carolina, we have a huge variety of them! Join our local firefly expert at locations around Sylva, NC to witness these magical lightshows and learn all about the crazy critters behind them!



Our next walk will be at Pinnacle Park in Sylva on:

 Thursday, July 27 at 8:00pm! 

Join us early to celebrate National Moth Week by setting up some moth traps and learning all about our nighttime friends, all while contributing to citizen science efforts!

Learn more about National Moth Week:

Please RSVP at

What to bring: good hiking shoes, appropriate attire for a mild hike (long pants, long sleeves, warm layers if it's chilly!), water, flashlight or headlamp (red light preferred!), your curiosity, and your sense of wonder!

$10 donation does include your very own flashlight!

Donations encouraged, but money is not a barrier for participation!

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Observing fireflies in nature is likely to be affected by unpredictable factors like the weather. In the case of heavy rain or storms, the firefly walk will be canceled and you will receive an email and text notifying you of cancellation the day of the event. Don't fret if your day gets rained out, there will be more events in the future!


In the event of light rain or drizzles, fireflies are still likely to be out, so the walks will still take place. Please bring rain gear (boots, jackets) to stay warm and dry. If you are not comfortable being in the rain, then please feel free to stay home with some hot chocolate and a warm blanket! We want everyone to be comfortable and have a positive experience, and there will be more walks in the future to witness our magical fireflies. 

"Our firefly tour was fantastic and quite literally brilliant!

The fireflies themselves were magical and it was like seeing a field full of Christmas lights. I was blown away.

But the highlight was our guide’s excitement and passion for the lightning bugs!

A wonderful, knowledgeable host who went out of their way to make sure we were learning, being safe in the dark, and, most importantly, having fun!

I learned so so much and they answered every single itty bitty question.

I definitely want to do this again!

Thank you, THEM in STEM!!"

~Victor R.

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