Families Are Invited to Learn the Truth About These Amazing Creatures

Bewitching Bats logo, UT Gardens

Come celebrate these amazing mammals with wings on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, located on the campus of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Children and their guardians are invited to dress up in costumes and enjoy food-free trick or treating and bat education.

For a photo of  UT Gardens volunteer Elin Johnson reading at a previous Halloween-related event, please click here

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  Far from spooky, most bats are fuzzy friends that help keep nature in balance. Come celebrate these amazing mammals with wings on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, located on the campus of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Children and their guardians are invited to dress up in costumes and enjoy food-free trick or treating and bat education.

Kids can take part in activity stations throughout the garden. Local bat experts from UT’s Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries will be present to help teach the truth about these amazing creatures. The Food Allergy Community of East TN (FACET), Allergy & Asthma Affiliates, and the Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center have helped to create this food-free event, which is designed to help kids avoid the “feared sugar rush” and allow those with food allergies to participate in safe, seasonal, food-free activities.

This event will occur rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child (12 and under). Families are welcome to come and enjoy the festivities anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. Advance registration is required: please contact Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens Educator, at dstowell@utk.edu or 865-974-7151 or register online at https://tiny.utk.edu/utgardensbats

The UT Gardens, Knoxville, are located on Neyland Drive, with parking and access behind the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. For directions, more information and a calendar of this fall’s events in the Gardens, please visit the Gardens’ website:  utgardens.tennessee.edu

The University of Tennessee Gardens inspire 100,000 families, children, youth, green industry professionals and students to enrich their lives with beauty, better health and a closer connection to nature. The University Gardens’ mission is to educate and cultivate an appreciation of plants through horticultural displays, educational programs and research.

Through its mission of research, teaching and service, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contact:

Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens Educator, 865-974-7151 or dstowell@utk.edu