Glow & know Campouts



The 2021 G&K campouts offer a complete "Nature Immersion" experience for the novice to the expert camper.  With physical distancing in place and following CDC guidelines, the Glow & Know Campout is a unique nature experience scheduled for 3 different camping areas across Western Pennsylvania.  

Each camping area offers unique amenities in each specific setting, however, ALL events begin at 1 pm and conclude the following morning. Campsite, 2 Meals and snacks are included.  During the day, campers can choose from various nature activities including guided walks nature arts & crafts, and/or children's activities. That evening, a campfire dinner & music followed by the late evening program and viewing of fireflies including the Synchronous firefly (Photinus Carolinus).  Stargazing and Long-exposure photography are also being encouraged to those with telescopes or digital cameras. In addition, attendees can volunteer to observe and collect data as community scientists and assist PAFF with their firefly research programs.


Registration for GLOW AND KNOW is $100/person (plus service fee) and includes:
Campsite fee, firewood, Campfire dinner, snacks, and continental breakfast, beverages and drinking water, Prizes for all attendees, Reference materials on all expert talks, Bluetooth Personal Listening Device for the evening program, Personal PAFF face mask 
Children under 10 yrs old are free with paying adult(s), no unaccompanied children under 18 years.


Campers must provide their own tent or RV (where permitted) and camping gear.  Raingear and camp chairs are a must. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions or allergies.  Attendees assume all risks for any water activities including kayaking or wading/swimming.  Each camping area has different facilities, amenities and rules.  We encourage you to do a preview of the sites before registering for a Glow&Know. Children (and pets where permitted) must be supervised at all times by the parent or accompanying adult(s).  PAFF and its designees assume no responsibility for children or pets.  

These are RAIN-OR-SHINE events. The weather in June is unpredictable and prone to showers and frequent changes.  If you are prepared, it should not interfere with most of the planned activities.  However, G&K Campouts are subject to cancellation in the event of local severe weather or threats to public safety.  In which case, refunds will be offered. 

Fireflies are above all creatures of nature.  PAFF has been monitoring and keeping data on firefly activity in these campsites for a number of years.  However, firefly emergence and flashing displays are prone to temperatures and weather conditions.  There are no guarantees nor assurances that campers will see Synchronous fireflies on the night of the scheduled campout.  The G&K programs are designed to provide campers with enough information that they will be able to discover and observe fireflies on their own at a future date.

Fifteen lucky persons (not including children under 10 yrs.) will be accepted into the Glow & Know experience to ensure a low impact, safe, and engaging event for all. Wearing face masks and physical distancing (6ft) will be respected during all group activities. Participants assume all responsibility for any and all risk of possible exposure to the COVID-19.  Participants will be asked to withdraw from the event if they have a fever or present other symptoms of illness.  Please do not attend if you have or anyone in your party has been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks.

PAFF is a registered 501(c)3 and proceeds benefit our mission to educate the public and raise awareness about all the fireflies in NW Pennsylvania and help to support the research of our interns.