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Moths in the Moonlight event is Sept. 8 in Ernie Miller Park
POSTED: 08/16/2017
Like a moth to a flame, you can be drawn into the secret lives of moths during a special event set for Friday, Sept. 8, at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Now is its fourth year, this event, called Moths in the Moonlight, is for children ages seven and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will learn about these fascinating insects, including their lifecycle, and the differences between butterflies and moths. Black lights will be used to attract moths and other nocturnal insects, and there will also be interactive games to play.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “nature.”

This event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost for the one-and-one-half-hour event is $3.50 per person, including adults, and can be paid on-site. Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling (913) 764-7759 or register online at

This program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

Both moths and butterflies are members of the order Lepidoptera, which means “scale winged,” a reference to the powdery scales that come off their wings when you touch them. A celebration of moths' more colorful relatives, the butterflies, is also scheduled at the nature center on Sept. 23 when an event called Flight of the Monarch will be presented. For more about this event, complete a barcode search for 39971 or call (913) 764-7759.

The My JCPRD Activities catalogcatalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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