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Candlelight Hike Festival


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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Spring 2014 Candlelight Hike Festival: "Prehistoric Schmeeckle"

Friday, April 25
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center


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

Special Program: "Schmeeckle's Ice Age"

Presented at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the campfire ring.

Experience life on the shores of Glacial Lake Wisconsin, as the last glaciers retreat and wooly mammoths, mastodons, and ground sloths roam nearby. Characters come to life in a fun campfire program for the entire family!​

Other events all evening:

  • Prehistoric Discovery Stations: Featuring hands-on ancient activities.
  • Crafts and Snacks: Free cultural crafts and Stone Age snacks.
  • Free Door Prizes: Peruse glacial gifts and sign up for free door prizes at 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.