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


Spring 2015 Candlelight Hike Festival:

"Schmeeckle Underground"

Friday, May 1st
7:00 to 9:30 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!

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Special Program: "Schmeeckle Underground"

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

Wriggle…snore…slither…crack. Winter’s thaw in Schmeeckle Reserve awakens underground wildlife with the warming signs of spring. Below the surface ground squirrels, snakes, moles, salamanders, antlions, and voles come to the surface emerge from underground in a fun campfire program for the entire family!


Other events all evening: 

  • Discovery Stations Unearthed: Get your hands dirty with activities highlighting Schmeeckle below the surface.     

  • Crafts and Snacks: Get to the bottom of our free craft and snack stations.

  • Gifts and Free Door Prizes: Slither through the Browse Shop and sign up for free underground 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.