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2021Glow and Know Firefly Camp Out at Scarlett Knob
Scarlett Knob Campground
Ohiopyle, 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 9, 2021, at Scarlett Knob Campground, Ohiopyle. 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 Youghiogheny river, nature arts & crafts, and/or children's activities. That evening, a campfire dinner & music followed by the late evening program and viewing of fireflies including the Synchronous firefly (Photinus Carolinus).   Long-exposure photography is also being encouraged to those with digital cameras/tripods. 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 Youghioheny river
2 pm...Explore Ohiopyle area, Bug Bingo/Creek Critters; Nature Arts & Crafts;
6 pm...Return to Camp, show & tell photos
6:30 pm...Campfire dinner
7:30 pm...Campfire stories, Nature Immersion discussion, and sing-along
9 pm ... Fireflies of Pennsylvania; Firefly Watch Community Science
9:30 pm...Assemble into designated spots for Synchronous FF viewing; 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; 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.  


Scarlett Knob is a public campground 2-miles north of Ohiopyle.   There are electric hookups, water, & showers.  There are picnic tables and fire rings at each site.  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.  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.  

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

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.

For more information on activities around Ohiopyle and the Laurel Highlands go to laurelhighlands.org

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 the Virtual PA Firefly Festival on June 25 or 26 on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.


Scarlett Knob Campground (View)
133 Scarlett Knob Rd
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
United States


Education > Tours
Other > Family-Friendly

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


Owner: PA Firefly Festival
On BPT Since: Feb 26, 2018
PA Firefly Festival

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