The North Carolina Arboretum will uncover the mysteries of the dark as part of its new exhibit, In the Dark, which is open daily now through Sunday, May 12, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. inside the Baker Exhibit Center.

As part of the exhibit, the Arboretum will host several evening events for its members and guests, including:

• Owl Prowl, Saturday, Feb. 23, 6 – 8 p.m. Learn about these amazing creatures of the night and prowl through the woods while discovering owls' habitats, behaviors and language. This family-friendly event will feature hands-on activities, including an owl pellet dissection, nighttime guided hikes through the Arboretum property, educational programming and a live owl presentation.

• Bat & Moth Party, Saturday, April 13, 8 - 11 p.m. Stay up late for science. Learn how to use a special "bat detector" to hear and identify the high-frequency sounds bats emit while they echolocate their prey. See how black lights can attract moths and other nocturnal insects. At 9 p.m., adults are invited to attend a special presentation to learn how to create a “mothing” set-up, as well as the general taxonomy of moths and other nocturnal insects, before heading outside to view these organisms.

• What Goes HOP in the Night, Friday, May 10, 8 - 10 p.m. Visitors will discover which amphibians are more active at night, while also enjoying local brews and tasty treats. Open to adults and children, this fun “HOPportunity” will showcase how to identify frogs by their nocturnal sounds, as well as offer animal demonstrations with different frog and salamander species. A guided evening hike through the Arboretum will focus on the sounds of gray treefrogs and other species.

All evening events for In the Dark are free, however, online registration is required and standard non-member parking fees apply. A $5 per person suggested donation is welcomed and will help support The North Carolina Arboretum Society. Children must be accompanied by an adult during all activities. For more information on In the Dark, please visit

A standard $14 per vehicle parking fee is required for non-members. Special events and after-hours activities may require additional fees. For more information, please call 665-2492 or visit

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  • Starting Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, repeats every day until Sunday, May 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


NC Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806


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