Candlelight Hike Festival 

Sponsored by the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve 


Join us for our annual Candlelight Hike Festivals! These community events, held every fall and spring, combine fun and learning based on a nature theme. Enjoy torch-lit walking trails beneath the stars, character campfire programs, take-home crafts, snacks, and hands-on discovery stations.


The festivals are appropriate for people of all ages and abilities. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family helps to fund future programs and events.

Click here to view photo galleries of previous events


Fall 2015 Candlelight Hike Festival

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Friday, October 30th
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center

Walk a half-mile or one-mile torch-lit path through the woods and along the lake. Arrive and leave when you like!

Campfire Program: "City Critters"

Presented at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the campfire ring
From bunnies to bees, encountering wildlife in urban areas can spark moments of awe, annoyance, or fright. Join us around the campfire as we hear stories from a cast of “city critters” like the white-tailed deer, raccoon, and coyote as they share what it’s like to coexist with humans in tight quarters.

Other events all evening: 

  • Discovery Stations

  • Crafts and Snacks

  • Gifts and Free Door Prizes
Admission is free (suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family will help to fund future programs). For more information, please contact us.