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2021 Glow and Know Firefly Camp Out at Kellettville Campground
USACE Kellettville Campground
Kellettville, PA
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This year's G&K campout offers a complete Nature Immersion experience for the novice to the expert camper.  

With physical distancing in place and following CDC guidelines, the Glow & Know Campout is a unique nature experience scheduled for Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Kellettville Campground. The event begins at 1 pm and concludes the following morning. Campsite, 2 meals and snacks are included.  During the day, campers can choose from various nature activities including guided walks about the Tionesta and Salmon Creek areas, nature arts & crafts, and/or children's activities. Campers are encouraged to bring personal fishing gear, kayaks, canoes or tubes for a creek float during the afternoon.  That evening, a campfire dinner & music followed by the late evening program and viewing of fireflies including the Synchronous firefly (Photinus Carolinus).  Stargazing and Long-exposure photography are also being encouraged to those with telescopes or digital cameras. In addition, attendees can volunteer to observe and collect data as community scientists and assist PAFF with their firefly research programs.

Schedule of events:

10 am-1 pm...arrive/set-up in camping spots/snack lunch
1 pm...Introductions
1:30 pm...Geology/fossils of Tionesta and Salmon Creek
2 pm...Explore Tionesta Creek, Bug Bingo/Creek Critters; Nature Arts & Crafts; optional kayak/tube float, fly-fishing, etc.
6 pm...Return to Camp, show & tell photos
6:30 pm...Campfire dinner
7:30 pm...Campfire stories, Nature Immersion discussion led by Eco-Psychologist, and sing-along
9 pm ... Fireflies of Pennsylvania; Firefly Watch Community Science
9:30 pm...Assemble into designated spots for Synchronous FF viewing; Stargazing; Long Exposure Photography
1 am...End of program
Next Morning:
8 am... Continental Breakfast, Group photos, Good-byes
10 am... Break Camp

Registration for GLOW & KNOW is $100/person (plus service fee) which includes:
Campsite fee, firewood
Campfire dinner, snacks, and continental breakfast, beverages and drinking water
Prizes for all attendees
Reference materials on all expert talks
Bluetooth Personal Listening Device for the evening program
Personal PAFF face mask
Children under 10 yrs old are free with paying adult(s), no unaccompanied children under 18 years.  List children's names on the survey when checking out. DO NOT count or pay for children under 10 on your paid registration.  


Kellettville Campground is a basic campsite.   There are no electric hookups or showers.  There are flush toilets and an RV dump station. There are picnic tables and fire rings at each site and a picnic shelter.  Campers must provide their own tent or RV and camping gear.  Raingear and camp chairs are a must. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions or allergies.  You may also want to bring your kayaks, canoes or tubes for a creek float.  Attendees assume all risks for the water activities including wading/swimming.  Bring fishing gear, adults must have a valid 2021 PA Fishing License.  Children and pets must be supervised at all times by the parent or accompanying adult(s).  PAFF and its designees assume no responsibility for children or pets.  NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED in the USACE campground or Tionesta Creek Waterways.

This is a fundraising event for the PA Firefly Festival organization.  Your registration is NON-REFUNDABLE but is transferrable.  If you cannot attend the event, you may send another person in your place or exchange your registration for another date/time acceptable to both the buyer and the seller if cancelled at least 24-hours or more before the event.

This is a RAIN-OR-SHINE event. The weather in June is unpredictable and prone to showers and frequent changes.  We do not cancel due to rain.  If you are prepared, it should not interfere with most of the planned activities.  However, the G&K Campout is subject to suspension or cancellation in the event of local severe weather or threats to public safety.  In which case, refunds or exchanges will be offered to those in attendance.  

Fireflies are above all creatures of nature.  PAFF has been monitoring and keeping data on firefly activity in these campsites for a number of years.  However, firefly emergence and flashing displays are prone to temperatures and weather conditions.  There are no guarantees nor assurances that campers will see Synchronous fireflies on the night of the scheduled campout.  The G&K programs are designed to provide campers with enough information that they will be able to discover and observe fireflies on their own at a future date.

Fifteen lucky persons (not including children under 10 yrs.) will be accepted into the Glow and Know experience to ensure a low impact, safe, and engaging event for all. Wearing face masks and physical distancing (6ft) will be respected during all group activities. Participants assume all responsibility for any and all risk of possible exposure to the COVID-19.  Participants will be asked to withdraw from the event if they have a fever or present other symptoms of illness.  Please do not attend if you, or anyone in your party, has been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks.

PAFF is a registered 501(c)3 and proceeds benefit our mission to educate the public and raise awareness about all the fireflies in NW Pennsylvania and help to support the research of our interns.
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Thank you for participating in the Glow & Know Firefly Campout Experience. We hope you enjoyed your program. Be sure to join us online for the PA Firefly Virtual Festival on June 25 or June 26 on our website, Facebook and Youtube channel.


USACE Kellettville Campground (View)
Branch Road
Kellettville, PA 16353
United States


Education > Tours
Other > Family-Friendly

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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