A Midsummer Night ~ Bats & Bards at Onondaga! Saturday, June 17, 2017 5:30 pm

Onondaga Friends presents: Live bats from around the world presented by bat biologists from Michigan-based Organization for Bat Conservation! Enjoy these amazing bats along with the beauty and tranquility of Onondaga Lake, experiencing the fireflies and magic of A Midsummer Night, as Shakespeare envisioned. Bats & Batwalk, Bluegrass Bards, wine-tasting and hors d'oveures.

Nature Programs & Events

The Organization for Bat Conservation!

Join us, Saturday, June 17th in welcoming the Organization for Bat Conservation to Onondaga Cave. OFA is sponsoring free public daytime presentations.
Live bats will be on-site with programs and activities centered around learning about the importance of these friendly, furry mammals.
If you feel strongly about bat education and appreciate OFA's sponsorship to bring free quality educational programs to you, your children and the community, we would very much appreciate any size donation to help off-set our costs - please go to https://www.gofundme.com/OFALovesBats for more information about the event and to donate. Riley the Bat, Chief Executive of Onondaga Cave, says thank you! :-)

The enchanting evening membership-drive Bats & Bards event and program follows the free daytime programs, from 6 to 10.
Follow the link for the batty daytime schedule, to be held at the Visitor Center from 10 to 4.

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Riley the BatHi! I’m Riley, Chief Executive Bat at Onondaga Cave. I’ve learned a lot, hanging out in the cave and in the forest too! Follow me on Twitter.

Watch this to see where Onondaga Cave ended up for 2015! How cool is that? All caves are amazing, but both Onondaga AND Cathedral Caves really are so beautiful, such rare gems. If you haven’t been to these caves, or if it’s been a long time, plan to visit them this year!

2016 Outstanding Contribution in Solid Waste Management Award

In recognition of outstanding work achieved through raising awareness and educating the public on a broad spectrum of environmental issues through special events and festivals held at the park. The Park’s “activities have supported the goals of the district and they have provided invaluable services throughout your community.”

2015 State Recycling Award

…goes to Onondaga Cave State Park! The Park received the Missouri State Recycling Program Award for outstanding contributions to sustainability and Missouri citizens. OCSP recycled approx. 6,000 lbs including plastic, paper, cardboard, glass & tin + batteries, fluorescent lights, ink cartridges. Additionally, we sponsor electronics and appliance drives, as well as shoe drives for Shoe Man Water Project.

Volunteer Opportunities

Many Thanks to our volunteers, patrons and fellow adventurers for a wonderful year!
We’re off to a great start for this year, with some cool events fueled by energy and excitement! Come see what’s up, and please consider becoming or volunteer.  Check out our many volunteer opportunities to see what best suits you, and feel free to contact us.

Who We Are

The Onondaga Friends Association (OFA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit group made up of ordinary citizens who volunteer to help Onondaga Cave State Park accomplish its goals of fostering the public’s appreciation, education, and preservation of Onondaga Cave State Park’s natural and cultural history and resources.

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Joining the Onondaga Friends Association is simple. In doing so, you are committing a little of your skill, time, effort, and/or money to something worthwhile. If you are looking for a rewarding experience, join us!  Click on the button below to become a member at whatever level you are comfortable with.  We will send our grateful acknowledgement to you and have your free cave tickets available for you in the Visitor Center.

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