Raccoons2_uwextension.jpgFall 2017 Candlelight Hike Festival

"A Schmeeckle Mystery"

Sponsored by the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve

Friday, Oct. 27
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Where have Schmeeckle's animals gone? Put on your detective hats and join us at this fall's Candlelight Hike Festival to find clues that these master hiders have left behind. Walk trails lit by torches and jack-o'-lanterns through the autumn woods and around Lake Joanis.

Cost: Free! A suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family helps fund future programs and events.


Candlelight Hike Sponsors

A special thank you to the following 2017-18 sponsors:   

  • Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve
  • Cee Dee Acres Market (donor of all the fall pumpkins)
  • Active Portage County (logistical support)

Character Campfire Program

Join us around the campfire ring for two family-friendly character programs!

  • "The Case of the Missing Animals," 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. (two different programs): The animals of Schmeeckle are master hiders. Deer, insects, foxes, frogs, and other creatures have incredible abilities to blend in and avoid detection. Help our sleuths search for clues to crack the case, and discover what it takes to be invisible.

Other Events All Evening

  • Detective scavenger hunt along the trail (with prizes!)       
  • S'mores and marshmallows (at the campfire ring)         
  • Discovery Stations featuring hands-on suspenseful activities (at the visitor center)
  • Clue Craft and Sleuth Snack stations (at the visitor center)
  • Mystery-inspired gifts (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.