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


Raccoons2_uwextension.jpgFall 2016 Candlelight Hike Festival

"Nocturnal Predators"

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

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center

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

Campfire Program: "Predators of the Night"

Presented at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the campfire ring
Schmeeckle Reserve may be closed to visitors at night, but that doesn't mean the natural area is a quiet place. Nighttime is when predators come out of the woods and wetlands to hunt their prey. Join us around the campfire ring to hear the hunting tactics used by foxes, owls, bats, and other creatures.

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.