(Whitehall, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host the 8th Annual Bat Week at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, August 12 through August 18. Come celebrate our nocturnal furred flying friends at the caverns with a whole week of bat programs!
Monday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 15, two special tours on the “Misunderstood Bat” will be held at 6:45pm. Of the 10 bat species found in the park, six can frequently be found in the caves. The caverns are also home to the largest maternity colony of Townsend’s Big Eared Bats in this part of the country.
Most tour groups only get a passing glimpse of these winged mammals on the Classic Cave Tour, but these specialty, bat tours will give visitors a more in-depth appreciation, focusing on the upper portion of the cave where the bats roost. The cost for these tours will be $12 for visitors age 12 and up, $5 for ages 6 to 11. Call the park directly to reserve a spot for these limited-engagement tours!
In addition to the specialty tours, bat programs will be held daily during bat week, with featured programs each night. For more information about these unique offerings, contact the park at (406) 287-3541.
What: Bat Week at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
When: August 12 to August 18
Where: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT
From the exit 274 on I-90 we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.
From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the most decorative limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.
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