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Hikers that have found themselves on a trail after sunset know that experiencing a trail at night can be a completely different experience from hiking during the day. Landmarks change, as can a hiker’s sense of direction. Even a familiar trail can feel completely different at night.

On November 14, at 6 p.m. guests are invited to explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary with Heard Trail Guides. Night hikers will be encouraged to sharpen their senses to be able to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard.

Preregistration is required for all night hikes. Program fees are $14 for the public and $12 for Heard Museum members (ages 3 through adult). Closed toed shoes, long pants, and bug spray are recommended. Participants should bring a flashlight with a red lens on it to protect your night vision while looking for nocturnal animals.

Children ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Hikes are at least an hour long and include varied terrain and may not be suitable for children under 5 years. Admission for toddlers and infants 2 years and under is free, but they must be in a carrier or backpack. Strollers are prohibited.

About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit and was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard. Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.  For more information, visit heardmuseum.org.

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