Candlelight Snowshoe Hike 2021

Thursday, January 28th & Friday, January 29th (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

$40 per hiking group (limit 4 people per group) or $12 per person 

We are full for both nights!  Thank you very much for your support!

Thursday Night Candlelight Snowshoe Hiking Group Registration: FULL

Friday Night Candlelight Snowshoe Hiking Group Registration: FULL

Individual Candlelight Snowshoe Hike Registration: FULL

Come see the Reserve in a new light.  This snowshoe torch led hike will take visitors through some unique parts of the Reserve (off the main trails) into the forested wetland and over the frozen ponds.  Keep your eyes and ears open for Great  Horned Owls and White-tailed Deer.  Each participating hiking group or individual will receive a pair of rental snowshoes and also their very own craft s’mores kit (including a sustainably harvested buckthorn roasting stick).  We’ll have 2 firepits casting warm glows during the event for you to roast your mallows on.  This event will surely create those iconic Wisconsin winter memories to be enjoyed for years to come.

We will be offering this event over 2 nights to get more people on the Reserve (while still limiting our group sizes).  Please be sure to preregister for this event (supply is very limited and we’re sure to sell out quickly).  To start you winter adventure, just check-in with staff and volunteers in front of the nature center.  The event will still go on with or without snow, (we’ll just have a hike through the frozen wetland instead).  Thanks to event supporter 4imprint for help making this event a success.

Hope to see you out on the snowshoe trail! 

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Snowshoes are sized by weight, not shoe size. It’s based on the load bearing strength of the snowshoe design.
  2. Most of our snowshoes are lightweight aluminum.  We have a few pair of traditional wooden snowshoes.  If you prefer traditional ones, please ask.
  3. The Candlelight Trail will be about a mile and a half long – it is a different trail than our marked snowshoe trail.  The terrain will be relatively flat.
  4. This is not a guided hike.  Participants will follow the torch lighted trail at their own pace.
  5. Wear your regular boots for snowshoeing – no special footwear is required.  Dress in layers – take the temperature into account.
  6. Anyone who can walk with ease can snowshoe.  It’s great exercise!
  7. We have snowshoes to fit children 3 years old and up.  However, you may want to bring a sled to pull behind you in case your young snowshoer gets too tired to go on.  
  8. You are welcome to bring your own snowshoes if you have them, however the fee is still $12/person.  Please think of  it as a donation to our nature programs.
  9. We must have about 6″ soft snow base for snowshoeing at Heckrodt.  This protects our snowshoes from damage due to ice and underlying forest detritus (limbs, rocks, etc).  It also protects the environment and hibernating critters from being trampled.  What happens if there isn’t enough snow?  We will have a Candlelight Hike through the wetland instead.
  10. This event is limited to 30(ish) people a night. 
  11. Want to have a “quieter hike” -think about staggering your arrival times…say around 6:00 p.m. 


Special Thanks to Community First Credit Union for being our Community Partner in Education.