“Go take a hike” takes on a new meaning when it’s at night.

I recently hiked at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea, Ca. with my Niece, Grandniece and GrandAngels aka Granddaughters.  Before our trek, we were treated to cookies and hot cocoa after which we watched a live animal presentation around 5:30 p.m. for about 20 minutes.  Among the nocturnal animals were a desert tortoise and a Madagascar hissing cockroach (a face only a mother could love!).  The kids in the audience were invited up to pet each creature.  Can’t tell you about any other animals. (Join the next hike and be surprised!)

We then set off with flashlights in hand to follow our fearless park ranger through the winding, moderate trail to discover the fascinating sights and sounds of a Hoot ’n Howling Night Hike.  This event was part of “Inside the Outdoors” program which incorporates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Thank you to the Orange County Department of Education for this unique and hands-on environmental education program.

This experience was a memory maker for all of us!  I loved the mystery of observing the surrounding hills to possibly detect any wildlife movement.

You can have the same experience. Click here to discover when the next hikes take place.

Why not blaze a trail and see what you observe?!