Bracken Cave is the summer home of more than 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis), making it the world’s largest bat colony and one of the largest concentration of mammals on earth. The emergence of these millions of bats, as they spiral out of the cave at dusk for their nightly insect hunt, is an unforgettable sight.
The 2021 Bat Flight season at Bracken Cave Preserve runs from June through September.
The 2021 season includes both virtual and in-person opportunities to experience the wonder of bats at Bracken Cave Preserve.
2021 MEMBER-ONLY OPPORTUNITIES
- A registration access code will be emailed to members the week of April 12, or included in the membership confirmation email for those joining or renewing after that time. You will need this code to register for any of the member-only events (virtual or in-person).
- Members supporting BCI with a $45 annual membership and those who have added an annual membership to an adopt-a-bat may bring up to 3 guests. Members supporting BCI monthly or with a $60 or more annual membership may bring up to 5 guests. Members may attend one Member Bat Flight at Bracken each season (1 Membership = 1 Member Bat Flight per year).
- If you are NOT already a member, join here. Unsure about your membership status? Email email@example.com
In-Person Member Bat Flights
(registration opens Jun 1 noon CT)
(registration opens Jul 1 noon CT)
(registration opens Aug 1 noon CT)
|Fri Jun 11 SOLD OUT||Thu Jul 8||Thu Aug 5||Sat Sep 4|
|Sat Jun 12 SOLD OUT||Fri Jul 9||Sat Aug 7||Fri Sep 10|
|Wed Jun 16 SOLD OUT||Sat Jul 10||Fri Aug 13||Sat Sep 11|
|Fri Jun 18 (adult only) SOLD OUT||Sat Jul 17 (adult only, $10/pp)||Fri Aug 20||Thu Sep 16|
|Thu Jun 24 SOLD OUT||Fri Jul 23||Sat Aug 21||Fri Sep 17 (adult only, $10/pp)|
|Sat Jun 26 SOLD OUT||Thu Jul 29||Fri Aug 27 (adult only, $10/pp)||Sat Sep 25|
|Sat Jul 31|
Member-Only Virtual Bat Flights – Join us for member-only virtual Bracken Bat Flights via Zoom April 16 (“Opening Night”), April 22 (Earth Day), and every Thursday night from May through September. Use the access code provided by email (the same code used to schedule an in-person bat flight-see above) to register. Registration is open.
Other Member-Only Virtual Experiences – Join us to experience the world of bats, virtually. We’ll explore Bracken Cave Preserve and bats around the world through a number of member-only online experiences including Bracken Briefs and Bat Briefs (mini sessions with specific bat-related themes) and events meant to bring you inside the world of bats. Details and registration information coming soon!
2021 Public Opportunities
- A limited number of public opportunities to attend a bat flight in person and virtually have been added this year.
In-Person Bat Flights
(registration is open now)
(registration opens noon CT June 1)
(registration opens noon CT July 1)
(registration opens noon CT August 1)
|Thu June 17||Thu Jul 15||Fri Aug 6||Fri Sep 3|
|Fri Jun 25||Fri Jul 30||Thu Aug 12||Thu Sep 9|
|Wed June 30||Sat Aug 28|
Virtual Bat Flights – Experience the thrill of 20 million bats emerging from their summer home at Bracken Cave Preserve – virtually. No registration needed, just join in at 7:30pm Central Time at https://www.facebook.com/BatCon on the first Friday of every month from May through September, April 17 (International Bat Appreciation Day), May 9 (Mother’s Day), June 5 (World Environment Day), August 29 (International Bat Night), and September 12 (Grandparent’s Day). (start time subject to change)
Other Virtual Experiences – Additional opportunities to experience the world of bats virtually will be added soon.
If you are trying to book a group visit for your club, troop, class or other organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other commonly asked questions about visiting Bracken Cave Preserve, check out our Visitation FAQS.