Candlelight Hike Festivals 

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.


Raccoons2_uwextension.jpgFall 2016 Candlelight Hike Festival

"Nocturnal Predators"

Friday, October 28
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center

When night falls at Schmeeckle Reserve, predators come out of the woods and wetlands to hunt their prey. Join us for this fall's Candlelight Hike Festival to discover the hunting tactics used by foxes, owls, bats, and other creatures. Walk torch-lit paths through the autumn woods and around the lake. Arrive and leave when you like! View an Events Schedule and Map here.

Candlelight Hike Sponsors

A special thank you to the following sponsors:   

  • Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve
  • Happy Trails Fund
  • Wells Fargo Advisors-Financial Network
  • Cee Dee Acres Market (donor of all the pumpkins)

New This Year!

The torch-lit trails will be expanded with a half-mile, 1-mile, and 1.5-mile loop; the longest loop will circle scenic Lake Joanis. This provides access to additional street parking to reduce congestion near the visitor center.

Click here view a Candlelight Hike Map and Events Schedule

Character Campfire Programs:

Two different character campfire programs will be presented this fall!

  • Fantastic Forest Friends: 6:30-7 p.m.
    Join Cricket on a stroll as she seeks help getting home from some nighttime friends such as Owl, Bat, Coyote, and Toad
  • Predators 101: 7:30-8 p.m.
    Dr. Hilda Hoots teaches a raucous class of raccoons, bats, foxes, and 'possums how to be successful nighttime predators.

Other events all evening: 

  • S'mores and marshmallows (at the campfire ring)         
  • Discovery stations (at the visitor center)
  • Crafts and snacks (at the visitor center)
  • Nocturnal Predator gifts and glow-in-the-dark T-shirts, 10% off storewide sale (in the Browse Shop)

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