Bats

This series is done in the month of October to celebrate Halloween. Students are divided into four groups to do this series. Time frame for this series is 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

This is a series of activities developed to inform students about bats. The activities teach them about the many behaviors of bats and how very useful they are to our world. Did you know that one brown bat can eat 1,000 mosquitoes in one hour? What more could you want? Did you know that bats are important to the cashew crop in Africa?

Students learn many facts like this doing the activities at the Arboretum. They learn the difference between micro-bats and mega-bats, and how the way their bodies are made allows them to find the food they need, like the mosquitoes. Why do bats hang upside down? They also learn about vampire bats and bat structure doing a fun craft project and trying on a pair of bat wings.

Activity One: Bat Anatomy

Activity Two: Bat Salad

Activity Three: Echolocation

Activity Four: Why do Bats Hang Upside Down?