Creatures of the Night Festival
When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16
Where: Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford
Cost: $8 per person and children 2 and younger and EHC members free
More info: www.gwinnettEHC.org
As the leaves begin to fall and the crisp, cool air of autumn takes hold in Georgia, the woods of the Environmental and Heritage Center come alive at night.
Residents can experience the wonders of nocturnal animals and their adaptations from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, during the Creatures of the Night Festival at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.
Visitors to the EHC may meet real examples of creatures that inhabit a backyard, such as an owl and opossum. Additional activities include a firefly mini trek, crafts, owl pellet dissection, nocturnal trivia, puppet theater, touchable skins and skulls, tram rides and the opportunity to discover bioluminescence in the forest.
Bat experts will showcase the animal’s habitats and highlight the importance of the flying mammal. Younger guests can even explore the EHC’s own mini bat cave.
Throughout the evening, the EHC will offer self-guided night hikes for visitors who can use their senses to explore what goes bump in the night. Guests may also enjoy a large, inflatable outdoor screen on the lawn of the Chesser-Williams House as they watch a short movie on nocturnal animals.
The event will feature local food trucks such as Mac the Cheese and J & J Culinary Sensations. Guests may purchase dinner while they enjoy the evening’s festivities.
Parking will be available in Festival Field and in overflow parking complete with a transportation shuttle to and from the main campus.
Program fees are $8 per person. Children 2 and younger and EHC members are free. Some activities may require an additional fee.
Program fees can be paid at the door, but guests are encouraged to register early and pay online.
To register or for more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.