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Sweetheart Night Hike

Event information

Date: Friday, February 9, 2024

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Age 21 or older.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

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A full moon above bare trees in the winter sky. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

Take your Valentine out for a romantic night hike under the stars. Snuggle up and join a naturalist for a stroll along a lantern-lit trail to enjoy the beauty of Messenger Woods and the company of your companion. Along the way, discover some of the courtship parallels between humans and nature.

You may bring your own adult beverage to enjoy (beer and wine only, please). After your hike, cozy up to a blazing campfire and make s’mores.

Event requirements

Registration required by Thursday, Feb. 8: 815-722-4121.


Meet at the back pavilion, Hawthorn Grove shelter. Be sure to dress for weather and trail conditions.

The hike will be approximately 1 mile on natural, 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.