Connetquot River State Park Bat Safari
Bats haven’t enjoyed the best PR in the world, thanks to blood-sucking vampire bats (and vampires themselves for that matter.) But the experts at Connetquot River State Park are out to change that with an evening of fun educational activities which serve to debunk the myths and rumors surrounding these supposedly spooky creatures. And, of course, as it gets dark, they’ll take you out into the park to look for bats as they begin their nightly hunt for dinner (which turns out to be insects, not you.)
The event begins in the evening, but feel free to arrive early to enjoy the beauty of Connetquot River State Park Preserve as the sun prepares to set. Stop by the Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center, located right in the park, which offers environmental education opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. The Preserve is home to many rare animals and birds, like the nesting osprey, and has a wide variety of protected plants and flowers. The park features over 50 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails for an amazing day outdoors, and is a great place to go fishing, bird watching, or just enjoy a relaxing family picnic.
The Bat Safari takes place on Friday, June 12th from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The event is recommended for families and children ages 5 and up. The program costs $4 a person and spots must be reserved in advance; call 631-581-1072 to reserve yours. And even though a bat’s favorite meal is mosquitos, don’t forget to bring your bug spray!