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Wisconsin Bat Festival

Every year, the Wisconsin Bat Program hosts a Wisconsin Bat Festival in conjunction with partners. The Festival is a globally relevant, engaging and important event to promote conservation of bats and ultimately, our environment. Bats are critical to ecosystems around the world and locally. Because these animals are often misunderstood and because multiple species are now threatened with extinction people should be encouraged to protect them. Through this message, citizens learn about the importance of being good stewards of the earth while inspiring children to become the next generation of researchers and biologists necessary to preserve the balance of our environment.

2017 Wisconsin Bat Festival

The 2017 Wisconsin Bat Festival will be hosted by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Organization for Bat Conservation at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservancy (the "Domes") on Saturday, August 26 from 9:00am to 5:00pm! The Wisconsin Bat Festival is FREE with general admission to the Domes. After the Festival, join us for Science Night from 7:00pm to 9:00pm where you'll learn how scientists study bats in Wisconsin.

Learn more about what the 2017 Bat Festival has in store.

Come celebrate the unique role that bats play in our world! Discover why bats are important to Wisconsin and learn how they keep us healthy. Explore techniques you can use in your own backyard to help the environment, bats and other wildlife. You will look at bats in a way like never before!

Activity schedule for Saturday, August 26

Amazing hands-on activities and exhibits (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

  • Meet live bats native to Wisconsin and from around the world!
  • Crawl through a 70 foot inflatable cave and let your imagination soar as you encounter cave formations, bats on the walls and touch the bones and skulls of animals that never made it out.
  • Deepen your bat knowledge at the Science Symposium where they can hear a variety of short talks by Wisconsin-based experts studying bats and white-nose syndrome (from 1-4 pm).
  • Shop the bat bookstore & take home a bat house.
  • Bat-themed games, crafts, & stories (Story Hour 10:30-11:30am).
  • Learn how you can become a Citizen Scientist to help study bats.
  • Talk with the many Wisconsin scientists who are fighting to help protect bats from threats including white-nose syndrome, which has killed over 6 million bats in 6 years. And, much more!

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Sponsored by:

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