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2021 Glow and Know Firefly Camp Out at Camp Lutherlyn
Camp Lutherlyn
Butler, 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 Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Camp Lutherlyn, Butler County 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 geological walks, nature arts & crafts, and/or children's activities. That evening, a campfire dinner, followed by the late evening program and viewing of fireflies including the Synchronous firefly (Photinus Carolinus).   Stargazing and Long-exposure photography are also encouraged to those with telescopes and 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; description of activities and planned events
1:30 pm...Explore Camp Lutherlyn, Geology/fossils of the local 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, music, Nature Immersion discussion
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 adults, 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.  

Camp Lutherlyn is a private campground located on 660 acres of scenic woods in Butler County that offers environmental education. Restrooms will be available. There are picnic tables and fire rings.  Campers must provide their own tent and camping gear.  Raingear and camp chairs are a must. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions or allergies.  Children must be supervised at all times by the parent or accompanying adult(s).  PAFF and its designees assume no responsibility for children.  No pets are allowed at Camp Lutherlyn.

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 Butler County go to VisitButlerCounty.com

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 and 26 on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.


Camp Lutherlyn (View)
500 Lutherlyn Lane
Butler, PA 16001
United States


Education > Tours
Other > Family-Friendly

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


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