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 40 unique, endemic species of moths, White Sands National Monument 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 monument staff for this family friendly event as we spend an evening celebrating the uniqueness of White Sand’s ecology.

Date & Time

Friday, July 20, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


The program begins at the visitor center. After a brief presentation and an opportunity to explore interactive science exhibits, a caravan will leave for a moth sheeting demonstration located in the dunefield. This is an indoor and outdoor event; please dress appropriately for the weather.


Reservations are not required or permitted.


Program is free. Monument entrance fees apply if you wish to attend the moth sheeting activity at the Dune Life Nature Trail. The program at the visitor center is free.


The visitor center and the courtyard are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Accessibility to moth sheeting location varies.
Service animals are allowed at all monument facilities open to the general public.


Public restrooms are available outside the visitor center area.


Seating is available in the visitor center theatre, but will not be provided at the dunefield sheeting.


Pets are not allowed in the visitor center. Pets are not recommended for the dunefield sheeting due to the sensitive nature of the experiment.

Last updated: December 27, 2017

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