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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.

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Fall 2014 Candlelight Hike Festival: "Raptors of Schmeeckle"

Friday, October 24
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center

Walk a half-mile or one-mile path lit by torches and jack-o-lanterns through the woods and along the lake. Arrive and leave when you like!

Special Program: "Raptors of Schmeeckle"

Presented at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the campfire ring.

Meet Schmeeckle’s winged predators and discover their unique adaptations that help them survive. Eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls come to life in a fun character campfire program for the entire family!​ 

Other events all evening:

  • Raptor Discovery Stations: Featuring “talons-on” activities highlighting Schmeeckle’ s birds of prey.       
  • Crafts and Snacks: Perch beside free craft and snack stations.
  • Gifts and Free Door Prizes: Shop for beaked and feathered gifts and sign up for free door prizes at the Browse Shop.
  • Live Raptors: The Raptor Education Group, Inc. will display live birds of prey. 

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