THANK YOU to everyone who registered. The demand is growing every year, and the June 25th & 26th events sold out in less than 10-minutes! We had over 700 hits on the registration site that morning for 100 spots. We appreciate that many of you are disappointed that you didn't get a spot, and hope that you will be able to join us at a festival in the future.
On the bright side, there are still spaces for campers to register at the Glow & Know Campouts. These campouts are designed for novice to experienced campers. They provide an immersive firefly experience for no more than 15 campers with experienced firefly guides and informative programs. Each campout takes place in a different Western Pennsylvania location to avoid stressing any one habitat, and offers unique amenities and activities. The mid-week events also provide a better viewing opportunity, because we avoid the crowds on the weekends. The first event on Wednesday, June 9 at Scarlett Knob Campground in Fayette County, near Ohiopyle, kicks off the Synchronous Firefly Season in Pennsylvania. The last event on Wednesday, June 23rd at Kellettville Campground, brings the campout closer to home during what is typically the peak of Synchronous Fireflies in our neck-of-the-woods.
The G&K Campouts registration include: campsite fees, firewood, food and beverages, program materials, entertainment and guided walks. Children under 10-years-old are free with a registered adult(s). Campers must provide their own tent, (camper/trailer/RV where permitted) and all camping gear. Check each location for information on specific requirements and rules.
If you are not able to participate in an organized firefly event or campout this year, we hope you will take the time to look for fireflies in your own backyard or local farm fields. We caution you to NOT venture into unfamiliar forest areas or terrain without a guide or educating yourself. The PA Firefly Festival organization supports and partners with other groups like Fireflyers International Network, Mass Audubon Firefly Watch, and the Xerces Society. You can find a multitude of resources and information on fireflies and how to enjoy, preserve and protect the fireflies in your area and the world at their sites as well. Recently, the International Union of Conservation of Nature released a report on the impacts of tourism on fireflies all over the world. PAFF has drafted its own letter of support towards creating and following sustainable firefly tourism practices. You can get more information on our website PAFireflyEvents.org and subscribe to our quarterly newsletter at the bottom of our home page.