MothaPalooza

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
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location

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 Monument. 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

Reservations are not required.

Cost

Program is free. Monument entrance fees apply.

Accessibility

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

Restrooms

Public restrooms are available at the Dune Life Nature Trail.

Seating

Will not be provided at the dunefield sheeting.

Pets

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

Last updated: June 15, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330

Phone:

(575) 479-6124

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