Groups unveil state’s first firefly sanctuary

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Arkansas now has its first firefly conservation area.

A portion of Coler Mountain Bike Preserve in Bentonville has officially been designated as a firefly sanctuary as part of a new partnership with NWA Master Naturalists.

Officials said Coler’s long grass, native plants, and pesticide-free management make it an ideal home for fireflies, fostering a vibrant habitat for the luminescent insects and their larvae.

The sanctuary will host free firefly walks on several evenings this summer, aimed at educating visitors of all ages about firefly behavior in a fun and engaging manner.

Walks are planned on June 21, 22, 28, and 29. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online for the free events in order to get an accurate headcount prior to the walks.

NWA Master Naturalists is a chapter of Arkansas Master Naturalists, a volunteer organization dedicated to educating its members and giving back to the community through volunteer work.

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is located at 2500 NW Grove Lane, off NW 3rd St. in Bentonville.