Great Lakes Bat Festival

14th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival

September 26, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm
Cranbrook Institute of Science Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

The annual festival celebrates the unique role of bats in the Great Lakes ecosystem as insect eaters, while dispelling myths and misinformation that generate needless fears and threaten bats and their habitats around the world. The goal of the festival is to teach people about the fascinating world of bats and inspire people to protect the environment. Spend your Saturday at this family-friendly event and learn more about these amazing creatures.

The festival features activities for children, families, educators and conservation professionals. Presentations, speakers, live animals, hands-on activities, games for kids, and interactive exhibits provide a full day of fun and environmental education.

Tickets are $15 (free 2 and under) and includes admission to the Institute of Science and opening day of the BATS: Superheroes of the Night exhibit.

Scheduled Events:

Live animal programs, every half hour beginning at 10:30 am

Bats, Bananas and Bugs
Featuring Malayan Flying Fox
Speaker: Rob Mies, Executive Director Organization for Bat Conservation
11:00 am and 2:00 pm

The Making of Stellaluna
Speaker: Janell Cannon, author and artist
12:oo pm and 3:00 pm

Exotic Bats of South America
Speaker: Fiona Reid, author and artist
1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Additional exciting activities and displays include:

  • Garden for Wildlife
  • Build a Bat House for national forests as part of National Public Lands Day
  • Experience Echolocation
  • Be a “Bat Scientist”
  • Explore a Cave


September 25, 2015
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Engage with bat scientists and conservation writers on the latest in bat conservation.

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