Arcadia's Big Night

March 31, 2018
Fairy shrimp at Arcadia's Big Night

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at Arcadia for an enchanted family evening to celebrate one of nature's most spectacular spring events—the annual migration of thousands of amphibians to the vernal pools in which they were born.

Guided tours depart from the Nature Center to explore an enchanted forest trail. During your hike, you'll encounter costumed characters from vernal pools, which are the only places where animals such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp can breed. Meet some of these critters and learn about their lives through short, animated, and humorous skits.

Back indoors at the Nature Center, you can learn more about vernal pools through games, slide presentations, and encounters with live pond critters. 


$8 Members • $10 Nonmembers

Families should plan on staying 2–2.5 hours to enjoy all the events. Please note that you must register for a specific hike time. 

  • Hikes leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5:30 pm and ending at 7:45 pm.  
  • Please dress to be outdoors for 45 minutes—dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear.

Register Online

Prepaid, advance registration is required. You can also register by phone (413-584-3009) or in person at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary admissions. Spaces fill quickly—especially for the early slots—so register today!

More Information 

If it is extremely cold or there is heavy rain, the outdoor portion of this program will be brought indoors. If you have any questions, please call 413-584-3009 or email us.