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Save the Bats

Schedule and location

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. sold out
Thornhill  Shelter

Fees and registration

$30.00 member
$37.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
This program is sold out. Please call 630-719-2468 to be waitlisted ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. Despite making up about one quarter of the known mammal species in the world, bats are some of the least seen and understood creatures around. And with challenges like habitat loss and white nose syndrome, they need to be seen now more than ever. (Luckily, there is newer and cheaper technology for hearing bats, so scientists can more easily track their populations and nighttime movements.)

This evening class will introduce learners to Chicagoland's seven bat species, simple ways to bolster bat conservation efforts, and then explore the grounds of The Arboretum grounds trying to hear their echo-locations with special microphones, as the bats fly overhead.

Program participants must comply with current public health guidelines as required by the Governor of Illinois, which include social distancing and the use of face masks when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please watch the video at https://www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-visit/know-you-go-visit-information.

Course number



Kelly Burns, education program guide, The Morton Arboretum

Course details


  • Held indoors and outdoors.
  • Please dress for the weather. If rain is forecast, bring raingear.
  • Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk on wood chip paths.
  • Bring insect repellent.
  • Limit 8

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