NC Moth Week Events

Our collaborative is hosting a range of programs that will help you get involved in the NC Moth Week. Check out the list below to find a program near you!

Virtual Programs (available statewide)

Introduction to Moths
July 21, 2022, 7:00-8:00pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
National Moth Week is July 23-31 and we are getting ready to participate! Join us for this virtual introduction to moths, how to attract them, and some of the less well-known common local species so you’ll be ready to explore moths during National Moth Week.

Magnificent Moths
July 20, 2022, 4:00-5:00pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
National Moth Week takes place July 23-31, so let’s learn about moths in this ecoEXPLORE program for children! Join us to discover how how to attract moths, what moths contribute to our environment, and some common local moths. After this introduction to moths, you’ll be ready to explore the amazing world of moths during National Moth Week! This program is geared toward children in grades K-8 and their families, but all are welcome! You will learn about the ecoEXPLORE project during the program.

In-person Programs

Saturday, July 23

Moth-ing for Science
July 23, 2022, 8:30pm-12:00am
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh
More information
Celebrate National Moth Week with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Prairie Ridge! Enjoy a brief orientation in the outdoor classroom, then head out to our light stations to see what’s out and about throughout the night. Bring a flashlight, a camera (if you have one), and your moth questions. We’ll have activities for kids, Moth Bingo (with prizes!) for everyone, an activity hosted by the North Carolina Entomological Society, and an identification station. You’ll walk away with basic identification guides you can use for your own mothing adventures!

Moth Night
July 23, 2022, 8pm – 11pm
Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devils Racetrack Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524
Welcome to National Moth Week!  To kick off the celebration, Howell Woods is happy to offer a public Moth Night: an evening full of nocturnal creatures, crafts, and more!

Tuesday, July 26

Amazing Moths
July 26th, from 9 to 10 PM
Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, Highlands NC 28741
Register (Registration opens Tuesday, July 22nd)
Celebrate National Moth Week with us! Learn about the many kinds of moths that call our area home, then join naturalists to see which ones we can find in the Botanical Garden. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure!

Thursday, July 28

Moth Night
July 28, 2022, 9:00-10:30 p.m.
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Piedmont Nature Trails (Laurel Hill Road Entrance), 900 Laurel Hill Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
$9 ($8 NCBG Members)
Join Stephen Hall on Moth Night which shines a light on one of our most diverse, colorful, and ecologically important groups of organisms. Approximately 2,700 species occur in North Carolina, but most people only ever see just a few and are startled when they first see a Luna Moth or a Polyphemus Moth, never having suspected that there were such species flying around in the night. We’ll use two common techniques to sample moth populations – blacklights and baiting – to take a look at the local fauna.

Friday, July 29

Mystical Moths
July 29th, 2022, 8:00-10:00 pm
Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
Cost: Free for Airlie Gardens Members, $5 for Adult New Hanover County Residents or Military, $9 for Adults, $3 for children
National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths that we see! We will be celebrating National Moth Week by documenting the moths we observe at Airlie Gardens! Educators will help identify moths, and explore the differences between moths and their close relatives, butterflies. We will be using a light setup to attract moths so we can see them up close!

Saturday, August 13

Marvels of Moths
August 13 from 7:30-8:30 pm
Clark Park Nature Center, 631 Sherman Drive, Fayetteville NC 28301
Register or call 910-433-1579
While butterflies may be better known, after the sun goes down the night belongs to their relatives, the moths. There are far more species of moths than butterflies and they live fascinating lives. Learn about the importance of moths in the environment, how they survive and about some of the many different kinds that call NC home. All ages welcome. 

Moth Night!
August 13 from 8:30-10:30 pm
Clark Park Nature Center, 631 Sherman Drive, Fayetteville NC 28301
Register or call 910-433-1579
Clark Park’s woods yield stunning moths. Hear about how moths differ from butterflies, how to attract them and see what is caught. You will help bait and monitor five types of chemical and light traps. Moth Night is part of National Moth Week. An introductory lecture precedes the catching at 7:30 pm. All ages welcome.

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