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Join us for a members-only experience at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center. As night falls, we'll hike across the 317 acre landscape, stopping at bonfire stations along the way to warm up. Our environmental education team will help you identify sights and sounds as we adventure through the dark. Be sure to catch fireside bluegrass with Randy Steele from 7-8PM. Then finish out the night with a star party courtesty of the Barnard Astronomical Society.
- 4PM Fire Stations & Group Hike Begins
- 7-8PM Fireside Bluegrass with Randy Steele
- 7-10PM Barnard Astronomical Society Star Party
Full Schedule of Events:
- 4-5PM: Fire #1: Immerse yourself in Nature. Join Dr. Jean Lomino, Director of the Wauhatchie school for an interactive tutorial on the Forest Kindergarten. Dr. Lomino will briefly discuss the program and then open up the site for self exploration.
5-5:45PM: iNaturalist Hike. Join Director of Education, Corey Hagen, for a hike from the Forest Kindergarten site to the Siren Pool. During this hike, Corey will discuss citizen science and how iNaturalist allows anyone to be a part of the global scientific community. We will also use the App to identify specimens along the way.
5:45-6:15PM: Fire #2: Meet the Owl. Join our programming manager, Rosie Lee, to meet one of our Owl ambassadors. Learn about some of the amazing adaptations that owls possess that allow them to be the apex predator at night.
6:15-7PM: Owl Prowl. Join Corey Hagen as he attempts to call owls on the way back to the main fire. He will talk a little bit about the best practices when calling owls and then use a phone and speaker to call the owls.
7-8PM: Fire #3: Warm up by the fire and enjoy the music from Randy Steele. We will also be providing s’more materials at this fire location.
7-10PM: Star Party: Join Barnard Astronomical Society at the Upper Pond to learn about the night sky. They will be bringing high power telescopes and providing viewing opportunities for anyone interested.
Camping: Find a dry spot and pitch a tent for the evening. Enjoy the sounds and sights of the night at Reflection Riding.
If you want to attend but aren't yet a member, it's not too late. Simply visit reflectionriding.org/join and select the level best for you and your loved ones. We'll see you there!
Thanks to member Chris Loizeaux for the photo!