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Night Hike at Hoover NHS

The moon rises over the prairie at Herbert Hoover NHS.

Pryce Durnye

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News Release Date: November 15, 2023

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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site to Host Night Hike

Nature doesn't go to sleep when the sun goes down. The park remains full of activity in the darkness as the night takes over. The staff at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site want to give visitors a chance to see the park after dark. 

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells by joining the Herbert Hoover NHS naturalist intern for a Night Hike along the tallgrass prairie near park loop road on Saturday, November 25. Meet in front of the visitor center at 110 Parkside Dr. in West Branch at 5:15 p.m. to gather. The half-mile hike will be from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all ages. This will be an evening exploration to give participants a feel for what goes on in nature during the night. 

Hikers may hear coyotes howling or owls calling for their mates. You may even smell a conifer scent along the trail. The moon will be almost full and, if the night is clear, it will cast pools of dappled moonglow through the trees and constellations through the sky. Folklore and other stories may be shared during the night walk.. 

Participants should bring a small flashlight or headlamp and dress for the weather. Red lenses on flashlights are encouraged. Red cellophane will be provided with rubber bands to cover regular flashlights, if needed. Program may be canceled due to inclement weather. 

Last updated: November 15, 2023

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