While the Dunwoody Nature Center usually closes at sundown, this fall visitors will have the chance to connect with nature as the nocturnal animals take over and nature truly runs its course.

The nature center will offer “Friday Night Hikes” on Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2 and 9.

The leisurely, family oriented hikes will follow trails around the wetlands and back forests of Dunwoody Park, the nature center said in a press release. Under the light of the stars and armed with flashlights, Nature Center educators will guide groups as they listen for the  sounds of owls, bats and other nocturnal creatures.

Hikers are encouraged to stick around afterwards to drink hot cocoa, take a peek into the Milky Way through the center’s telescope and huddle by a warm fire in the old fireplace – a remnant of the original homestead on the property.

The evening is free for the entire family, but please note that strollers are not recommended along the mulched trails. Hikes will start at 7 p.m. For more information:  770-394-3322.

Joe Earle

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