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Big Night for Salamanders

Saturday, April 20 & Saturday, April 27 | Tours at 7 and 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an outdoor exploration!

Birds aren’t the only animals that migrate. Every spring, on the first warm rainy night, the mole salamanders emerge from their hidden homes to make the long journey to the vernal pool to reproduce. Join us for a night hike to the vernal pool to look for migrating salamanders. The evening will end with a campfire and a reading of the beautiful story “Big Night for Salamanders” by Sarah Lamstein. 

Tickets for this event are now sold out – thank you to everyone who purchased online in advance! 

Know before you go

  • Join us for 1-mile tours at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • This event is scout and family-friendly and is recommended for ages 3+
  • Check-in at the Nature Center 15 minutes before your tour time.
  • Visitors are asked not to use bug spray containing DEET on the day of the hike. Please look for DEET-free alternatives.
  • Rain is a good thing! Please dress for the weather in raincoats, extra layers, and boots
  • Please bring a flashlight with you. Extra lights will be available at check-in
  • Due to weather conditions, handicap accessibility may be limited.

Ticket Information

General Adult: $15

General Youth (3 – 12): $7

Museum Member Adult: $13

Museum Member Youth: $6

Kids 2 and under: FREE 

Tickets for this event are now sold out – thank you to everyone who purchased online in advance! 


Is there ample parking?

Yes! Park in any of the main lots at the front of the Museum. Please leave the first two bays available for handicap parking.  You will then walk over to the Nature Center Building to check-in. 

Where do I check in?

You will check in for your tour inside the Nature Center Lobby. Enter through the porch area, and that will take you right into the lobby. 

Make sure to check in no later than 15 minutes before your tour; if you are too late, we cannot guarantee that we can fit your group in another spot. 

How do I show my purchased tickets?

Please have your ticket(s) either printed out OR pulled up on your phone screen for fast and easy check-in. You will also be asked to give your name. 

Pro tip: take a screenshot of your ticket(s) or invoice; WIFI can be very spotty at the Museum. 

is this event rain or shine?

Yes – this event is rain or shine! Please dress accordingly for the predicted weather conditions. We will cancel only in the case of thunderstorms or severe weather.

How should I dress?

The majority of this program is held outdoors and includes a 1-mile night hike. Rain is a good thing; dress for the weather in rain coats, extra layers, and boots. 

Can I wear bug spray?

Yes, but we ask that you do NOT use bug spray containing DEET, and look for DEET-free alternatives. Please also avoid DEET the day of the program. 

What else is there to do?

After your guided hike, listen to the story Big Night for Salamanders! 

As this program falls outside of our regular hours, the Historic Village, Flint Hill Gift Shop, Depot Restaurant, Freight House Pub, and Meeting Center will all be closed to visitors. 

Should I bring a flashlight?

No. GCV&M will provide flashlights for the night-hike. 

Will there be food available?

There will be no food or drink available for purchase during this event. You’re welcome to bring your own beverage (no outside alcohol please). We recommend you eat before arriving for the program. 

Can I bring my dog?

Leashed service animals are welcome with proper identification. 

What if I need a refund for my ticket?

Tickets may be refunded only up to 7 days prior to the event date and are strictly non-transferable by date, entry time, or program. 

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