Exploring the Mysteries of Moths

Header image: © Chris Grinter, some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC)

Saturday, April 23, 2022
6:30pm – 9:30pm 

$30 per person, ($25 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Ages 13 and up welcome 
Meet at the Bechtel House

For many people, the occasional moth in our light fixture or clothing storage is the closest acquaintance we may have among these incredible insects. This special evening program will open our eyes to the often-nocturnal world of moths, and unravel some of the mysteries of these creatures. Learn about common moth families, how to identify them, and gain insight into their fascinating adaptations and lifestyles. With entomologist Chris Grinter as our guide, we will begin the evening with a presentation exploring the lives and features of local moths. This will equip us with the information we need in order to get well-acquainted with the moths we’ll meet next – Chris will demonstrate how to set up a “moth sheet” to maximize our night-time viewing of these Lepidoptera. We will closely observe the species that visit the moth sheet, and practice our identification.  

This event includes a slow-paced hike, of 1-2 miles on varied terrain. It will go on with a slight chance of light rain, though steadier rain will cancel. All events will align with the current regional health guidelines. Please bring a mask and be prepared to wear it when indoors (in the bathrooms), and when 6 feet of courtesy distance cannot be maintained from others. In case of cancellation due to weather or health safety measures, refunds will be offered. 

Chris Grinter serves as Collection Manager of Entomology at the California Academy of Sciences, and in this role is responsible for all entomology and arachnology collections, but holds particular research interests in the Lepidoptera. Chris teaches annually at the Lepidoptera Course in Portal Arizona, and is also the Secretary of The Lepidopterists’ Society.



Want to make a full Lepidoptera-loving weekend out of it? We’re also hosting our Butterflies of Pepperwood event the next morning, Sunday, April 24 which you can register for here. PLUS we’re offering the add-on option for camping out at the Bechtel House between these two events! Sign up for both of these classes, and then you can add-on your registration for camping here.

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Register for this class using the secure form below.

To register, select the applicable level below, either General or Friends of Pepperwood and click +Add. On mobile devices, please scroll all the way to the right to find the +Add button. In the pop up window, enter your information and scroll to the bottom to click “Continue”. Next, on the main form, you may add your additional donation amount in the open field, then click the green “Continue” button to move to the final page for payment. Click the green “Process” button on this final page to complete your transaction. 

Early bird registration for Friends of Pepperwood begins at 9am on Monday, December 6, 2021. Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to access early registration and to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Engagement, at sshinn@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!

Registration for the general public begins at 9am on Monday, December 13, 2021.

For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 124.