Mothapalooza Light at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

July 16 – 18, 2021; Friday evening through mid-day Sunday


This event will serve advance your personal journey of discovery into the mysterious and intriguing nocturnal world of moths. During the weekend we will witness large numbers of moth species attracted to our specially-installed light stations under the mentorship and support of expert naturalists. Includes 3 meals, evening presentations, and Saturday afternoon field trips.  Be prepared to stay up late into the night! Mothapalooza Light refers to the scale of the event, which is limited to only 50 participants this year. Since this is the Arc’s first year of hosting what was previously a large annual event at Shawnee State Park, and because the 2021 event was planned during the season of COVID, we are keeping the size small this year. We plan to expand registration in our 2022 offering. Click here for more information.

Wildflower Pilgrimage Bouquet

15th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

April 14-16, 2022, Thursday eve through Saturday afternoon


Spend your spring in the company of flowers! The ephemeral display of spring woodland flowers – all blooming at once – is as close to heaven on earth as any nature spectacle we can ever experience.  The Arc’s two days of wildflower pilgrimages go out in small groups guided by an experienced naturalist to view what is quite possibly the showiest wildflower displays in Eastern United States. They are certainly among the best of the best! In 2022 we are holding our event a day earlier in the week in order to avoid Easter Sunday. The three day Pilgrimage includes evening presentations at Paxton Theater in Bainbridge, field trips to premier floral destinations in the Highland, Adams, Pike and Ross County region of southern Appalachian Ohio, and 2 breakfasts and one dinner. Important Note: There has been a change in our traditional offering. For the 2022 event, please bring your own packed lunch. Click here for more information.