Youth and adults gather around a white sheet lit with black light to observe and take pictures
Every year young and old alike gather to observe a flurry of activity brought to lighted sheet under a night sky in the dunes.

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A Place of Discovery

Home to more than 60 unique, endemic species of moths, White Sands National Park continues to be a place of exciting scientific discovery. MothaPalooza is our annual community exploration of the diversity and entomologic research conducted in White Sands’ dunefield. Join local moth expert Eric Metzler and park staff for this family friendly event as we spend an evening celebrating the uniqueness of White Sands' ecology.

Date & Time

Friday, July 17, 2020
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


The program is at the Dune Life Nature Trail trailhead located 2.3 miles after the entrance station. Beginning at 8:00 pm you will have the opportunity to explore interactive science exhibits at your leisure, following at 9:00 pm Eric Metzler will give a presentation on the moths, and their habitats, within White Sands National Park. At 10:00 pm you'll have an opportunity to see some of the more than 40 species of moths yourself at our moth sheeting demonstration located in the dunefield.


Reservations are not required.


Program is free. Park entrance fees apply.


Accessibility at the program area location varies. Service animals are allowed at all park facilities open to the general public.


Public restrooms are available at the Dune Life Nature Trail.


Will not be provided at the dunefield sheeting.


Pets are not recommended for the dunefield moth sheeting due to the sensitive nature of the experiment.

Last updated: December 31, 2019

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