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Bat Festival


Great Lakes






Join us and our 2014 co-host, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

13th Great Lakes Bat Festival 
September 27, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm.

Washtenaw Community College 
Morris Lawrence Center
4800 E. Huron River Drice
Ann Arbor, 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 free, 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.

A few of the exciting activities and displays include:

  • Garden for Wildlife
  • Build a Bat House
  • Take a Bat Walk--held throughout the day
  • Explore the Night of a Bat through writing with 826 Michigan
  • Understand the Engineering of Bat Habitats
  • Be an "Animal Keeper"
  • Experience Echolocation
  • Discover the Physics of Flight with Ann Arbot Hands-On Museum
  • Be a "Bat Scientist"
  • Explore a Cave

Plus, you can hear lectures from leading experts throughout the day:

  • Bats of the Great Lakes
  • The Making of Stellaluna
  • How You Can Save Bats
  • Bats of the Amazon
  • Navigating the Wild--How Bats Use Echolocation to See
  • Surviving Rabies--One Woman's Tale
  • White-Nose Syndrome-- Deadly Disease of Cave-Hibernating Bats
  • Why Wind Farms Spell Trouble for Wildlife
  • From Dracula to Batman: Bat Myths Through the Ages

Interested in volunteering? Contact Amanda at

Summary of Previous Festivals:

2013 Southfield Pavilion

2012 Southfield Pavilion

Photos from 2012

2011 Cranbrook Institute of Science

Sponsorship Package