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Natural Awakenings - Alachua, Citrus, Marion, Sumter Co & The Villages, FL

LuBee Bat Conservancy, This Battery Just Keeps on Going

Painting with Bats at the LuBee Bat Conservancy, a painting party and a private-behind-the-scenes tour, will take place from 10 am. to 2 p.m., August 14. Guests can meet some giant fruit bats up close and personal with local artist Samm Wehman Epstein. who will pre-sketch a canvas if desired and guide participants every step of the way as they create their own masterpiece. All art supplies are provided.


The nonprofit Lubee Bat Conservancy is dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation and education, with a focus on children and community engagement. More than 200 bats are housed on property, spending their days playing, socializing and interacting with their roost mates. As a USDA-registered and AZA-certified related zoological institution, Lubee ensures that the animals and facilities are maintained to the highest ethical standards.


Admission is $55. Location: 1309 NW 192nd Ave., Gainesville. For more information, cll 352-485-1250 or visit