Going Bat Crazy on September 15th!

Released August 22, 2018 01:36 PM

Join us Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 6:30pm–8:15pm at the historic Mansell House in Wills Park, 1835 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta for a new and fascinating program on bats hosted by The City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission.


We’re going “batty” in Alpharetta for a natural history program on bats! There’s lots to learn as our presenters, Dr. Jackie Belwood from Georgia Highlands College and Dennis Krusac with the U.S. Forest Service introduce you to bat facts with a hands-on interactive exhibit. Both are experts in teaching about nature and conservation. 

Start the evening by enjoying a bat exhibit including activities for kids.  Children will get to pretend they are bat biologists and identify various species of toy bats using a key and ruler.  Then, sit back and enjoy a PowerPoint presentation about bats: where they live, what they eat, how we benefit from them, the challenges they face, and what you can do to help them.  Bats come out at dusk so the evening will conclude with a hike outdoors to view and listen.  Bat echolocation calls are ultra-sonic meaning they are so high-pitched we can’t hear them; but, with special bat detectors we will be able to listen to the calls as they navigate and feed.

This is a family friendly program!  Bat attire is encouraged for the fun factor. Bringing a small flashlight, water bottle, and bug spray is advisable.

Register on Eventbrite at or by calling (678) 297-6200. For more information about this workshop, please contact Terry Porter at (678) 297-6200 or




Bio for Jackie Belwood


Jackie Belwood is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at Georgia Highlands College.  Prior to that, Jackie was the Scientist-in-Residence at a 2,000-acre nature center in Ohio, Scientist at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, and former Science Director for Bat Conservation International.  She has traveled extensively doing bat research in Panama, the Peruvian Amazon, Palau, Hawaii, and numerous Caribbean islands, the eastern U.S. and Canada.  Jackie is also engaged in pollinator conservation efforts and is co-developer of the Great Atlanta Pollinator Partnership.  Jackie gives a considerable amount of time and energy engaging youth in nature through hands-on experiences.


Bio for Dennis Krusac

Dennis Krusac has worked for the USDA Forest Service as a wildlife biologist for 38 years, having worked in Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.  He is currently a Regional Endangered Species Specialist, Pollinator Conservation Coordinator, and More Kids in the Woods Coordinator for the Forest Service Southern Region.  Dennis is co-developer of the Great Atlanta Pollinator Partnership.  He has a passion in educating today’s youth about the environment and routinely works with inner-city minority youth on conservation education programs.