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Mysterious Moths Night

Touch the Earth Natural Area (Bartholomew County)
Friday, July 26, 8:30-10:30pm

In celebration of National Moth Week, Sycamore Land Trust is thrilled to offer this nighttime ‘mothing’ opportunity led by expert naturalist, Jeanette Jaskula. We will delight in the mystery of moths using light and other lures to attract them for observation. Witness their patterns, colors, and behaviors, as well as learn about the essential role of moths as pollinators and part of the food web. Discover how to provide habitat for moths by planting native plants and promoting dark skies at night. Find out how to contribute to community science by reporting moth sightings through the Great American Indiana Nature Lepidoptera Project (GAINLP). National Moth Week website:

Jeanette Jaskula has a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. She has studied a variety of taxa from salamanders to birds to bats. Since 2019, moths have been her passion. She has photographed over 700 species in her Boone Co. backyard and over 1,300 species in Indiana. Jeanette enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for these under-appreciated creatures of the night.

This hike is free for Sycamore members and their guest(s). If you're already a Sycamore Land Trust member, thank you! If you are not a member, you may make the suggested donation of $5 or $10 per family (or group of 2 or more) via cash or check at the start of the hike. Or become a member and your hike is free!

Tips to prepare

  • Bring your own binoculars for a closer look, or we will have quality optics available to borrow at the start of the event.
  • Dress appropriately for being outdoors based on the weather forecast.
  • Wear long pants and closed toed hiking shoes, boots, or other footwear with good traction.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, water for refill will be available upon request.
  • Please keep in mind that there are no restrooms at Sycamore's preserves.
  • Since parking is limited, a Sycamore staff person will be on hand to direct some attendees to park beyond the access gate (located close to the gravel parking area)
  • In the event of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled or rescheduled with advance notice given.


Including you. If you will be traveling in more than one vehicle, please submit a separate registration for each vehicle.

Please list the first and last names of anyone ateending with you in the same vehicle. If any are children, please include their age so our event leaders can prepare.
As the adult participant and/or parent/guardian of the minor participant(s) indicated, a liability waiver and photo release will be required to be signed in person at the start of the event.