Celebrate Earth Day at "Bat Day" on April 22 at Kartchner Caverns State Park

April 6, 2017

PHOENIX - Kartchner Caverns State Park will celebrate Earth Day and the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony to Kartchner Caverns State Park at "Bat Day" on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day will be filled with family activities, presentations and hands-on activities. The event will include presentations by State Park Rangers and kids craft activities, ranger led hike, and live reptiles from Huachuca Area Herpetological Association. The admission cost is the $7 park entrance fee. Visit azstateparks.com/kartchner for more information.

Guided cave tours will also be available but should be reserved in advance for an additional cost. Full hookup camping sites and new camping cabins are also available. Stay at the park for the whole weekend and enjoy nearby attractions in Benson, Bisbee, Sierra Vista and Tombstone.

During the summer months, the cave's Big Room serves as a nursery for around 1,000 female cave myotis bats (scientific name Myotis velifer). Pregnant females return to Kartchner Caverns around the end of April, where they give birth to a single pup in late June. Arizona State Parks and Trails conducted several studies before development to see how the bats could be best protected. The results of the studies led Arizona State Parks and Trails to close the Big Room for tours while the bats are using it. The bat populations are monitored each summer to see that they remain stable.

WHAT:  Celebrate Earth Day at "Bat Day"

WHERE:  Kartchner Caverns State Park - located on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Program and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit azstateparks.com.

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