First Night Hike Planned

March 21, 2019

The first Night Hike of the year will be March 22 at Sodalis Nature Preserve. The Night Hike will celebrate the Vernal Equinox, which indicates the beginning of Spring.

Due to the potential presence of water on the trail at Sodalis Nature Preserve, the Night Hike will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the playground at Riverview Park.

Participants will hike to the bat caves, exploring nature signs along the way. There will be information and story-telling at the top then participants will return to the playground with sensory awareness activities. The hike will be on paved paths, about 2 miles. Participants are welcome to stay with the group or return to the playground on their own.

Gale Rublee, nature educator, will lead the hike. She has previously been a naturalist and teacher at Shaw Nature Reserve in St. Louis and has been a storyteller and actor. She is the coordinator and teacher for the Bluff City Theater Youth Education Theater Initiative.

The Night Hike is free but reservations must be made by calling Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 221-0154 or emailing

There are two Night Hikes planned in April, 7 p.m. April 12 and 26, and will be in Sodalis Nature Preserve unless flooding continues.