On Friday night, June 23, you have the rare opportunity to explore Audubon Community Nature Center at night.

Many things happen at Audubon after the trails close at sunset. Different animals emerge from holes, under leaves and other hiding places. The forest looks different in the dark, with colors drained away. New sounds flow through the night: the trills of owls and the rumbles of frogs.

Learn more about the night while designing your own after-dark experience at the 9-11 p.m. “Aububon After Dark.” There will be mini-programs with naturalists and speakers, as well as interns to take people on general nature hikes.

From 9 to 9:45 p.m. you can choose to participate in a Family Night Hike, Owl Prowl, Bat Chat, or Moth Light.

From 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. you can relax by the fire and enjoy a s’more, visit the Moth Light, or go on a Bat Chat.

From 10:15 to 11:00 p.m. your choices are an Owl Prowl, Synchronous Firefly Hike, or Moth Light.

Scouts and others can earn the right to purchase a Night Hike Fun Patch that will be available in the Blue Heron Gift Shop during the event.

Remember to dress for cooler evenings if the weather calls for it. Bring or wear insect repellent and a flashlight to walk in the dark, but expect some walks to be flashlight free, as fireflies and owls may be spooked by the lights. Trail-appropriate shoes are recommended.

While not required, to expedite getting into the event, you can register online by Wednesday, June 21, and print your ticket to bring with you. Click through Plan Your Visit/Attend a Program at

Cost for the evening is $16; $12 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 3-15; free for children two and under.

Groups of ten or more are eligible for special pricing by making arrangements at least one week in advance. Stop by or call (716) 569-2345 during business hours to register your group. Tickets must be paid at the time of registration; group rates are not available at the door. There are no refunds for group admissions.