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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Raccoons2_uwextension.jpgSpring 2016 Candlelight Hike Festival

"Underwater Schmeeckle: Life Below the Water's Surface"

Friday, May 6
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center

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

Campfire Program: "Underwater Schmeeckle"

Presented at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the campfire ring
What lurks in the murky waters of Lake Joanis, the Reflection Pond, or Moses Creek? Dive below the surface to explore the underwater world of Schmeeckle Reserve. Meet aquatic critters such as a muskrat, crayfish, turtles, freshwater jellyfish, and others as they tell you about their liquid life.

Other events all evening: 

  • Discovery Stations

  • Crafts and Snacks

  • 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.