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Bat Hike at Messenger Woods

Event information

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2023

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 5 or older. (Children must be accompanied by registered adult.)

Contact: 815-722-9301

Location: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

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A big brown bat hanging from a branch. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

Walk through Messenger Woods at dusk and explore the habitat of our local bat species. Using echolocating technology, “listen” for bats as we hike. Discover some fascinating facts about these flying mammals along the way.

Event requirements

Registration required by Tuesday, July 25: 815-722-9301.


The family-friendly hike will be 1 mile to 1.5 miles on natural surfaces over uneven terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.