Glow & know Campouts

Registration Opens May 1, 2022

PENNSYLVANIA FIREFLY FESTIVAL (PAFF) PRESENTS: THREE GLOW & KNOW FIREFLY CAMPOUTS: Registration opens May 1st, 2022.  

 

The 2022 G&K campouts offer a unique "Nature Immersion" experience for ten (10) novice to expert campers.  Each Glow & Know Campout is a unique nature and firefly experience. They are 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, food and beverages included.  During the day, campers can choose from various nature activities including guided interpretive walks to observe local geography, flora & fauna, nature arts & crafts, or just relax by a creek or in the shade of a tree. That evening, a campfire, hotdogs & S'mores, and music followed by the late evening program and searching for fireflies including the Synchronous firefly (Photinus Carolinus) and "Chinese Lanterns" (Photuris VC).  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, hotdogs, 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.  These events are
 intended for couples and families with school-age children.  Children under 10 yrs old are FREE with paying adult(s), no unaccompanied children under 18 years. DO NOT register/pay for children under 10 yrs old.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER,  YOU NEED TO KNOW... 

Campers must provide their own tent or RV (where permitted) and camping gear.  Rain gear 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, rain checks will be offered, or refunds minus processing fees will be given.  Cancellations 7-days before will receive 100% refund minus processing fees.  Cancellations within 7-days of the event will receive 50% refund minus the processing fees.  NO SHOWS or cancellations on the day of the event will NOT receive refunds.

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 educate the campers and provide enough information that they will be able to discover and observe fireflies on their own at a future date if the fireflies are no-shows. 

Ten 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. PAFF will follow CDC guidelines, encourage physical distancing (6ft) during all group activities and safe food handling. Participants assume all responsibility for any and all risk of possible exposure to the COVID-19.  Please do not attend if you have or anyone in your party has been exposed to COVID-19 within 2 weeks of the event.  Participants will be asked to withdraw from the event without refund if they have a fever or present other symptoms of illness. 

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.